Today marks day one for Windows 10 and some for you are contemplating on making the big jump and update. Microsoft has made the upgrade process easy and all it takes is clicking several links here and there and you are good to go. However not all is rosy, in that you may not be able to update to this new OS this week as Microsoft made most us believe, but there is still a lot you can do to get ready for this upgrade. So hear is how to upgrade to Windows 10 on your personal computer or laptop.
Getting your hands on Windows 10
Are you using Updated Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 ?
For those who own computers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, expect a free Windows 10 update — and this process should be pretty easy. The only make sure to update within a year from today because after that it will no longer be free, you’ll have to pay for it.
If your version of Windows is as up to date, expect to see a small a small Windows icon to appear in your task bar. If you don’t see before today ends, you can follow these complex instructions from Microsoft to make it show up. Clicking on the icon will open up Microsoft’s Get Windows 10 app, which allows you to sign up to download the new OS and determine if your computer is compatible. Enter your credentials and you are good to go, all you have to do is wait.
As we said before, you might not get Windows 10 immediately. Microsoft is rolling the OS out slowly to make sure that it has time to clean up any bugs that it finds, so you may end up waiting for several weeks. But, when the update is ready, Microsoft will download Windows 10 to your computer and then notify you when all is done. Please make sure you have a huge data bundle for reliable internet connection for this kind of update.
Are you using Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 which is not updated?
For those who don’t see the Windows icon for the Get Windows 10 app in your task bar, its highly likely that you might first need to make some few upgrades. For running Windows 7, make sure that you’ve updated all the way to Service Pack 1. All you need to do is to go to the Start menu and search for Windows Update. Windows 8 users, must first update to Windows 8.1. Go to the Start screen; inside the store, you should see an icon for the update.
Once you’re on the latest version of either operation system, the Get Windows 10 app should be available, and you’ll be able to grab the free update.
Are you using Windows Vista or XP?
Windows Vista and XP users will unfortunately have to pay for the Windows 10 update. It costs $119 for Windows 10 Home and $199 for Windows 10 Pro, but you will have to make sure that you have a computer with the right hardware.
Windows 10 has the same system requirements as Windows 7 and 8, but those requirements are still substantially higher than those for earlier versions of the OS. These are the minimum specifications required for Windows 10.
[signoff icon=”thumbs-up”] Processor: 1GHz RAM: 1GB for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit Storage: 16GB for 32-bit or 20GB for 64-bit Graphics support: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver Display: 800 x 600 resolution [/signoff]
Our recommendation is that you buy a new PC since can buy a new laptop for the same price as you can buy Windows 10 Pro.
Are you using Windows RT?
This is a dead end. Microsoft will not update Windows RT machines to Windows 10. Microsoft is promising some kind of update in September, but it hasn’t said what to expect just yet.
How to Install Windows 10
1. Back up your computer. Ensure that all of your most important files are saved outside of your PC.
2. Get Windows 10 to start installing, this can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour or longer depending on your internet speeds, but there isn’t that much for you to do aside from click “Next” a few times.
3. When Windows 10 installer asks you to configure some settings. We’d recommend clicking customize — this will enable you make your own settings as there are some options that you may want to change. That includes things like location privacy, ad tracking, browser settings, etc.
4. Once you’re done, the installer will finish setting things up and bring you to the desktop.
5. It is advisable to run Windows Update one final time to make sure that you aren’t missing any recent updates or drivers specific to your computer. 6. To be sure you are running Windows 10, Ask Cortana a question. Stare at the beauty of the Start menu. Browse with Microsoft’s latest Edge browser.