How to setup your PC for Windows 10 upgrade
Few weeks back, Microsoft has already announced that Windows 10 is going to be released worldwide on a billion devices in the next three years begins. It’s been long time since Windows 10 preview version has released, but on July 29 millions of Windows 7 and 8 users around the world will finally receive Windows 10 on their PCs. Here let us see how to setup your PC to compatible with Windows 10.
Microsoft has offered the Windows 10 free for first year after the release on more than 1 billion devices, for those who are running genuine version of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 versions. Recently an update KB3035583 has rolled out to the PC adding Get Windows 10 app on qualifying PCs allowing the users to reserve their free Windows 10 copy.
Along with the way to reserve the copy of Windows 10, it also includes a tool that checks your PC whether it is compatible with Windows 10 or not. Of course all the Windows 7 and 8 PCs support Windows 10, this app is very handy to detect whether your hardware supports Windows 10 or not.
How to setup your PC for Windows 10 upgrade
- If you see the Start icon in the notification area on your PC, click on it to launch Get Windows 10 app.
- Click on the hamburger menu at the top left and in the menu click on Check your PC. If everything is fine with your PC, then you will see a message “This PC meets the system requirements” and click on the Reserve button to complete the reservation.
- If it mess up with any issue, then you will see it listed under Apps and Devices.
- Almost all the applications and hardware work with out any problem, but some typically compatible issues may include wireless and bluetooth adapters, wireless adapters, Wireless drivers and other old apps.
- If you find anything that is compatible with Windows 10, then it doesn’t mean that you cannot install Windows 10. You need to pause the reservation process for sometime and go to the PC manufacturer’s support site and check whether there are any updates or drivers available for that particular product.
Actually Windows will automatically detect and install the latest device drivers, but it is always recommended to always update the drivers and store them on your PC in any case you need to install after the upgrade. If you are facing any issue with the old application then check whether the latest version is available and upgrade it. If any app is incompatible and you want to use Windows 10, then you can choose to create a virtual machine running Windows 7 to run the app.
For the detailed information regarding Windows 10 compatibility for a particular software or hardware component, visit Windows Compatibility Center. There could be a case where you will come across the notification that you cannot restore factory settings, which means that manufacturer has setup your PC to run from compressed Windows image and included an option to restore factory settings. After upgrading to Windows 10, you cannot restore original factory settings, but there will be other recovery options.
If you don’t find the Get Windows 10 icon on your taskbar, then one of the following case will be true.
- Your PC doesn’t have installed KB3035583 update. Otherwise your PC is having some issue with this update, try re-installing the update.
- Your PC is not running on Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
- Your PC hardware configuration is not compatible with Windows 10.
- Your PC is not running genuine Windows OS.
That’s it, now your PC is ready to install Windows 10. Now you should make sure that you don’t lose any settings, files and more.
Backup your PC
Whenever you are trying to upgrade your PC, it is best to take backup of your files, settings and everything, because software could fail every time and if any crashes or something happens, then you will lose many important files. For this you need to take a backup, fortunately, both Windows 7 and 8.1 are having System image backup tool.
System image backup tool can be accessed from control panel and it create a bit-by-bit copy of your entire PC’s hard drive. After creating the backup move to the next step.
How to know your Windows product key
Before proceeding to installing Windows 10 make sure that you are having the product key of the current OS. The product key could be handy in some cases like your installation gets corrupted and you have to start from scratch by installing previous Windows version. Even sometimes the setup process will ask you to enter the product key.
Generally product key can be found on the box that came with copy of the OS or printed on the label attached to the PC or it will be sent through email. If you are not having this information, then you need to go to specific tools that let you to pull the product key from current installation.
KeyFinder is the best tool which help you to recover the lost Windows and Office product key.
Hardware requirements to install Windows 10
Almost all the PC running on Windows 7 and 8.1 will run Windows 10 without any issues, but Microsoft has the minimum hardware spec requirement to install new OS.
- 1 GHz processor or SoC.
- 1 GB RAM for 32-bit or 2 GB RAM for 64-bit.
- 16 GB HDD for 32-bit OS or 20 GB HDD for 64-bit OS.
- DirectX 9 or later Graphics Card with WDDM 1.0 driver.
- 1024 x 600 display resolution.
Disable unnecessary security during the upgrade
Your PC will be always protected with some anti-virus, spyware, Firewall and other security software which may be common cause for unsuccessful installation of your OS. During installation, disable all the security software like anti-virus, firewall and others. You can uninstall any anti-virus or other spyware programs you can go to Control Panel and uninstall from there.
To disable Windows Firewall, navigate to Control Panel, click on Windows Firewall from the left pane and then click on Turn Windows Firewall on or off and then turn off firewall on Private network settings and Public network settings. In some cases, some applications will run in background which also creates hurdles for installing OS. To prevent this uninstall or disable any app that starts at boot during upgrading.
Make space for upgrade
Although your PC will be having the enough space to upgrade your OS, it should have at least 5 GB free. If the drive doesn’t have the enough free space, then you need to create more space by moving the files. Also uninstall the apps that you rarely use and run Windows Disk cleanup tool which delete the unnecessary files like Recycle Bin, Temp files, old updates and other files which will free up some space. Here is how to clean up.
- Launch File Explorer and click on This PC.
- Right click on the Windows drive and click on Properties.
- Click on the Disk Cleanup button and then click on Clean up system files button.
- Now from the list check all the files you want to delete and click on OK and Delete files.
Disconnect unnecessary peripherals
Additional peripherals connected your PC may prevent successful Windows installation, because they are either not compatible or the latest drivers are not available at the time of installation. Before upgrading to Windows 10, disconnect all the unnecessary peripherals.
It looks like upgrade process is as easy as pressing the upgrade button, but there is this much setup needed to make sure that you follow to prepare your PC for new OS upgrade ad minimize the issues.