Windows 10 Upgrade

Posted on June 15, 2016.

Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10, has been out for almost a year, and while the general consensus is that it’s a success, there have been some technical issues. However, people are anxious to use many new, popular features such as Universal Apps, the true return of the Start Menu, a slick interface, and the Siri-competitor named Cortana. In addition, the reception to Windows 10 has been a lot warmer than it was to Windows 8. Whether you were waiting for launch issues to be sorted out, were saving up for a new PC, or just haven’t gotten around to it, here are a few things you should contact a professional to help you with prior to upgrading to Microsoft 10.

Ensure Your System Meets the Proper Requirements
The first thing you should do is check to see if your PC meets the requirements. The basics are: 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of hard drive space for 32-bit machines, and 2 GB of RAM and 20 GB of hard drive space for 64-bit PCs, along with a 1 GHz or faster processor. Contact a professional to ensure that your system can handle the upgrade.

Backup All of Your Data
The very next thing you should do is backup your computer. Whether it’s on a CD or an external hard drive, having a recent backup is almost mandatory. You should be doing this regularly anyway, but it’s especially important before an OS upgrade.  You want to ensure that this is done professionally just in case the upgrade fails.

Get Familiar with Windows 10
While using Windows 10 has much less bugs than it did on the original launch, the task of understanding the new operating system has been less so for many. Some users have experienced issues ranging from mildly frustrating —not seeing the upgrade icon in the task bar— to downright infuriating — error codes about failed installations.

There’s no telling if any one of these problems will plague you upon your installation, so keep that backup handy, and don’t hesitate to contact Computer Solutions of Freehold!