Windows 10, the final version of Windows operating system from Microsoft after which we will only have one WINDOWS will be available to consumers on 29th July 2015 (Source: Microsoft), Yes, it’s that near!,
Here is a list of things you should do on your PC to make sure you have an error free upgrade.
Check Your Device Has Necessary Hardware for the Upgrade
System requirements (Source: Microsoft)
“These are for a pre-released version of Windows 10 and are subject to change.”
If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your PC or tablet, here’s what it involves.
- Latest OS: Make sure that you are running the latest version, either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
- Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display: 1024×600
Ensure Windows Update is enabled on Your PC
You will need to ensure that you are connected to internet and Windows update is enabled on your PC to ensure you get the Windows 10 update.
Create a System Restore Point
I also suggest that you create a system restore point as a proactive measure to ensure your documents and settings are intact in case of any errors.
Back-Up Your Important Files and Folders
Though my Windows 8 upgrade was smooth and I am expecting a similar experience from the Windows 10 upgrade as well, it’s not guaranteed that it will be swift every time, it’s better you back up your important files and folders to avoid any disappointments later on.
Detach Any Connected Devices
From my experience of installing Windows on more than 500+ PCs I also suggest that you detach any printers, USB drives, take out any CDs/DVDs from your CD drives and then only proceed with the upgrade. Doing this should ensure that the installation is swift and error free, these connected devices are known to interfere with the upgrade process.
Turn Off Your Antivirus Software before Beginning the Upgrade
I also suggest that you turn off your antivirus software before beginning the update, antivirus software too are known to conflict with the upgrade process and mostly the third-party ones. I recommend Windows defender which is the default antivirus installed on Windows 8 and 8.1 should be turned off too
Ensure You Have Enough Battery Life on Your Laptop
Windows updates are usually huge and can take a lot of time getting installed on your system, if you have a laptop, it’s recommended that it’s plugged in to a power source so that you don’t run out of the battery while the update is still in process.
Ok, so these were my tips from more than 8+ years of experience in IT industry and using a Windows operating system, I will be installing Windows 10 as soon as I can get my hands on it and will keep all of you updated with my experience with it.
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