Windows 10 is the latest Operating System (OS) from Microsoft; you may have read our explanation of Windows 10 the features, benefits and risks associated with upgrading, plus some Windows 10 help tips.
Having taken all this into account if you are keen to proceed with your upgrade to Windows 10 then here is our Before & After advice to help you protect yourself. If you noticed a Windows 10 notification on your current system then you are eligible for the free upgrade.
Here are some Windows 10 help tips:
- Check your computer to see if you have any devices, apps or compatibility issues that would mean an unsuccessful upgrade.
- Check whether your computer has enough resources to run Windows 10. Most computers running Windows 7 or Windows 8 won’t have a problem unless you’re already running out of disk space.
- Download 3GB over your internet connection.
- Build in some protection for ‘rolling back’ the upgrade if it fails.
But being a realistic and slightly cynical systems administrator (one who sees the pain when updates go bad), here’s what I want you to do:
- BEFORE the upgrade, create a System Repair Disk (Windows 7) or USB Recovery Drive (Windows 8)
Instructions for creating a Windows 7 System Repair Disc:
- Click Start, then Control Panel, then System and Maintenance, then Backup and Restore.
- Click Create a System Repair Disc and follow the steps. You will need a blank CD.
Instructions for creating a Windows 8/8.1 System Recovery Drive:http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows-8/create-usb-recovery-drive
- BEFORE the upgrade, lay your hands on your original software installation CDs and/or license keys for any of your critical software applications.
3. BEFORE the upgrade, confirm that you have a copy of your important files (documents, photos, saved projects etc) somewhere else other than that computer i.e. in OneDrive/Dropbox/Google Drive/external USB hard drive
And sure, if the upgrade goes painlessly, you’ve wasted a little time being super prepared. But if it turns sour, your computer repair person will thank you for your diligence (and so will your wallet when you get their reduced bill).
NOW THE ABSOLUTE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU SHOULD DO AFTER THE UPGRADE IS … create a Windows 10 recovery drive.
- In the ‘Search the web and Windows’ box on the task bar, type Create a recovery then click the Create a recovery drive (Control Panel) that appears in the search results
- Please wait will appear while the computer searches for a USB drive. You’ll need one that holds at least 4GB and it will be completely formatted, so don’t have anything else on it.
- Once the file copy is finished, remove & label your USB recovery drive and store it in a safe place.
A recovery drive is the best way for a computer technician to restore your computer with your settings, but it an only be created BEFORE your computer has any problems.
For a complete Windows 10 Help – Before & After upgrade guide
Call your nearest Computer Troubleshooters for advice and Windows 10 help with your upgrade.