With Windows 10, there have been several improvements over the previous versions like Windows 7 and 8, when it comes to aesthetics, features, and functionality. Also, Windows 10 is free for all genuine Windows 7 and 8 users until July 29th, 2016. And because of that, now may be a good time to consider upgrading to Windows 10.

Though the process of upgrading to the newest version of Windows may be simple and straightforward, there are still some few things that you need to do before proceeding with the upgrade procedure. Following these guidelines will ensure a smooth upgrading experience and no waste of time after upgrading.

Check for Hardware Compatibility

Checking to see if your system hardware can run Windows 10 should be the very first thing you need to do before performing the upgrade. Though the system requirements for Windows 10 are not that demanding, below are the minimum system requirements. In fact, if your system is currently running Windows 7 or 8, then you are certainly good to go.

    • 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 or 20 GB for 64-bit
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 or later
    • Display: 800×600

Alternatively, if you have the Get Windows 10 app installed, you can use that to check for both the software and hardware compatibility. You can learn more about the requirements and other instructions from this official Windows 10 specifications page.

Uninstall Unwanted Programs and Free Up Space

Before you upgrade to Windows 10, see to it that you uninstall any unnecessary applications, especially any antivirus, malware, and firewall software. This is because security software sometimes causes problems after upgrading. You can uninstall the programs from the Programs and Features section in the Control Panel.

Moreover, depending on your current Windows installation, you will need extra space on your C drive so that Windows can back up your current version before upgrading to Windows 10. Make sure that you have at least 15-20 GB of extra space on your hard drive.

Back Up Your Files, Folders, and Product Keys

Although Windows lets you keep installed programs, personal files, and folders while upgrading, it is always a good thing to back up all your files and folders in the C drive. Just manually scan the drive and back up as necessary.

Download Drivers Beforehand

Drivers are considered as essential parts of Windows, since they are responsible for the communications between the hardware and the software. Before you decide to upgrade to Windows 10, check that your hardware vendor supports it and has released compatible drivers. You can check for the driver updates in the official vendor websites. If there are updated drivers available, download them so that you can install them as soon as you are done upgrading your computer’s operating system.

Remove or Disconnect Unnecessary Peripherals

This is often one of the most ignored things, but you should always remove or disconnect any unnecessary peripherals, as they may sometimes interfere with the upgrading process which results in a failed upgrade. These are things like Bluetooth devices, USB hubs, external hard disks, external keyboard, and mouse.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 6:48:31 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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