While the upgrade process is simple and straightforward, there are a few things you should do before you upgrade. This ensures a smooth upgrade experience and is not wasted time after the upgrade.
Check hardware compatibility
The first thing you should do before upgrading is to check if your system hardware can run Windows10. While the system requirements for Windows 10 aren’t required, here are the minimum system requirements. If you’re currently running Windows 7 or 8, then you’re fine.
- Processor: Faster processor or one gigahertz (GHz) SoC or faster
- 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
- Screen: 800 × 600
If you have installed the “Download Windows 10” application, you can check both software and compatible hardware from it.
You can learn more about the requirements and other instructions from the spec page.
Remove unwanted programs and free up space
Before upgrading to Windows 10, make sure that you uninstall unnecessary applications, especially antivirus, malware, and firewall software. Due to the way it works, security software can sometimes cause problems after an upgrade. You can uninstall programs from “Programs and Features” in Control Panel.
Furthermore, depending on your current Windows installation, you will need more space on drive C so that Windows can back up your current version before upgrading to Windows 10. Make sure you have less at most 15 to 20 GB of extra space on drive C. This helps you downgrade to the previous version if you need to. To Install Windows, you will need more space on the C drive so Windows can back up your current version before upgrading to Windows 10. Make sure that you have at least 15 to 20 GB of extra space on your C drive.
Backup Files, Folders, and Product Keys
Although Windows allows you to continue installing programs, personal files, and folders during the upgrade, it’s always a good idea to back up all of your files and folders in the C drive. When I say C drive, I use all general locations like Desktop, Downloads, Documents, Music, Video, and Pictures to scan the drive and backup if needed manually. The routine of installing programs, personal files, and folders during the upgrade is always a good thing to back up all the files and folders in drive C. When I say C drive, I’m using all of your Common locations such as Desktop, Downloads, Documents, Music, Video, Pictures… scan the drive manually and backup if needed.
If you are using a premium product such as Microsoft Office, then back up the product key with free software, just in case. This allows you to reinstall and register them if needed quickly.
Download the driver first
Drivers are an essential part of Windows as they are responsible for communication between hardware and software. Before upgrading to Windows 10, check to see if your hardware vendor supports it and has released a compatible driver. You can check for driver updates on the official vendor websites. If the drivers are available, then download them to install them as soon as you finish the upgrade. Windows because they are responsible for the communication between the hardware and software. Before upgrading to Windows 10, check to see if your hardware vendor supports it and has released a compatible driver. You can check for driver updates on the official vendor websites. If the drivers are available, then download them to install them as soon as you complete the upgrade.
This is an essential thing to do if you have a slow or unreliable Internet connection.
Remove or Disconnect unnecessary peripherals
This is one of the most overlooked, but you always have to disassemble or disconnect any unnecessary peripherals as they can sometimes interfere with the upgrade resulting in a failed upgrade. When I say unnecessary peripherals, I’m talking about things like attached Bluetooth devices, USB sockets, external hard drives, external keyboards, and mice (in the case of laptops). Bluetooth device, USB socket, external hard drive, external keyboard, and mouse (in case of a laptop) …
Since the upgrade process has been dramatically improved, there is no problem (s), and I have not encountered a problem while upgrading. That doesn’t mean you won’t run into problems, so follow the steps above and always have a backup plan. If you’ve done everything as said, then you’re useful to upgrade your system to brand new Windows 10.