Windows 10 Upgrade tips and tricks – A list of what you should check for before diving into the new OS
Now that the free Windows 10 upgrade is rolling out, you may be anxious to update to the new operating system as soon as possible.
But to be safe, you should do a few things before upgrading.
Here are some tips and tricks that will ensure your upgrade goes smoothly:
1. First things first, take a backup of all your data and store it on an external hard drive. Though it isn’t a must, it could help you greatly if things go awry.
2. If you are using a laptop, ensure that you have charged your battery to a 100%, because it may take a while for the operating system to be installed, and the last thing you want is the laptop to run out of juice, in the middle of the upgrade process.
3. Do not restart or force shut down the computer while the upgrade is in process. Sometimes the installation may be stuck on the same screen or the progress bar for a while, it could just be possible that the system is working in the background.
4. If you have multiple computers which are eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10, it would be wiser to download the Windows 10 ISO on one computer, and create a bootable USB of Windows 10, which you can then use to install the operating system on all your PCs.
5. Check the version of Windows you have, especially the bit architecture 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64). The latter is more secure, and also support over 3GB of RAM. If you want to update from a 32-bit version of Windows ( 7 or 8 or 8.1) to a 64-bit version of Windows 10, you cannot do it directly. You will need to download the appropriate 64-bit version of your Windows, and install and activate it, and then upgrade to Windows 10 64-bit.
6. Do not clean install windows 10 before you upgrade from a genuine version of Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1. You cannot use a product key of older versions of Windows to activate Windows 10. You can however clean install Windows 10, once you have upgraded, and future installs will not require a product key.
7. Check the compatibility of the antivirus application you are using, especially if you are using a premium software. Usually you will find the information on the developer’s website, or you can do a quick search on the web with a relevant term like “Kaspersky Windows 10 Compatible”, which should tell you whether the app is compatible with Windows 10 or not. On the off-chance that it is incompatible, you may have to wait for a few days or weeks for the software vendor to update their product, to work on Windows 10.
8. The above tip also applies to apps, games, which you have. Most legacy apps work in Windows 10, but I advise researching for a confirmation. And also make sure that your graphics card manufacturer has video graphics drivers which work in Windows 10, and whether they are stable.
9. If you wish to experience Windows 10 first hand, before upgrading your PC to the new OS, ask around to see if any of your friend’s or colleagues use Windows 10, and you could get their feedback or even ask their permission to test it out yourself. The same can be said about retail stores, where they may have live demos of PCs running Windows 10, or even tech savvy support staff who may walk you through the features of the new OS.
10. Lastly, I recommend you read my previous write up here, to learn about features deprecated from Windows 10, so you don’t miss out on any of your favorite features form Windows 7 or 8.