How to prepare your PC for Windows 10

How to prepare your PC for Windows 10

Your PC is ready on arrival of Windows 10? If you are impatient to install the new operating system from Microsoft, prepare for a bit of work. No matter if you decide to upgrade or if you want to install Windows 10 after formatting your hard drive. In both cases, in fact all you care about is enjoying a transition from the old to the new operating system without any problems. We provide you a number of tips on how to make your PC ready to accept Windows 10.

Windows 10 will be offered for free by Microsoft to all owners of a PC Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. The upgrade process will be completely automatic and Microsoft claimed to have worked hard to ensure that there is maximum compatibility with most PCs on the market today. Anyway, although Microsoft warrants to have worked to avoid problems during the update, this does not mean that users can not perform some operations to make migration more safe.

Our advice is, therefore, to make a quick analysis of the hardware and software to check if your PC meets all the minimum requirements for installing Windows 10.

How to prepare your PC for Windows 10: minimum requirements

Windows 10 is an operating system very well optimized and which requires no special hardware. Just as Windows 8.1, the new operating system from Microsoft will work well on older PCs. In any case, Microsoft has released the list of minimum hardware requirements to be respected in order to install Windows 10.

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Therefore, a PC can install the new operating system of Redmond if will have at least an 8-inch display with resolution of 800 × 600 pixels, 1 or 2 GB of RAM (32 or 64 bit), 16 or 32 GB of storage (32 or 64 bit), video card and DirectX 9.0 and,, only for the tablet, power buttons and volume. So this is the requirement that all PCs satisfy today, but it is still important to check the hardware of your device before you start the upgrade.

How to prepare your PC for Windows 10 using upgrade option

If you choose the upgrade option, follow these simple tips.

  • Delete temporary files and other trash files from Windows using the Disk Cleanup tool. This is always a good practice that can improve the stability and overall performance.
  • Install all the available Windows updates (security patches, bug fixes, patches, stability). Also remember that if you have Windows 7 to upgrade to Windows 10 you must have installed at least Service Pack 1.
  • Run a scan with your anti-virus or anti-malware. Although each new version of Windows offers improved safety of the previous release, have a little extra precaution never hurts.
  • Run a disk defragmentation using the tools provided by Windows or other third-party software you prefer. But beware: if you have an SSD and not a classic hard drive mechanic, do not do this! You may create problems for disk and anyway have a negative impact on performance.
  • Updated all drivers to the latest version regarding: graphics card audio card various controller PC printer any devices in general all the hardware components

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By installing the latest drivers will have more chance that your hardware is compatible with Windows 10. If the transition to the new operating system will use the old drivers, may be problems of compatibility and stability and you might find that the system is using generic drivers (with lower yield) for certain hardware.

How to prepare your PC for Windows 10 using a clean installation

If you prefer a clean installation, proceed as follows:

  • Prepare a list of all the applications and peripherals that you use at the time and retrieved all the installation disks present in the packaging of individual products.
  • If you do not find them or if some component do not have the installation disk do not worry, look up the website of the manufacturer of that product, and download the latest drivers from the product or installation package.
  • Make sure you have all the serial or codes of software that you have previously purchased or found bundled with the PC.

Now we continue with the list of tips to well prepared as possible to upgrade to Windows 10.

How to make a backup
Like all the upgrades that too in Windows 10 is a very delicate operation, and it is for this reason that it is useful to make a backup copy prior of all important data residing on your PC. That way, if something goes wrong, the most important data will always be available.
Before installing Windows 10 with a clean setup or upgrading, you should make a backup of the entire system overall. Normally if the upgrade process is successful all files, folders and user accounts of your current Windows migrate smoothly to the new version of Windows, also including the network settings, passwords and all software and applications. But what if for some reason the operation does not take place properly? Better to be safe before being taken by despair.

So, you can perform two types of backups:

  • First way: create an image of the entire system in a single file If you plan to upgrade to Windows 10, a good way to save your data it is to create a system image and save it to an external drive, a NAS, a cloud storage service like Dropbox or a backup service cloud like Carbonite or CrashPlan.
  • Second way: back up individual files and foldersIf you choose to install Windows 10 on a clean install, you must back up your files and folders that interest you most and then reload them on Windows 10. In this case, however, we recommend that you up your entire system to avoid to have problems if you forget to save some folder. Once you have Windows 10 installed and running, you can restore the system image and go looking for what you forgot to save before.

To create a system image, you can use the appropriate tools already built into Windows Vista, 7 and in Windows 8.1. In the first two cases just go to Control Panel and choose Backup and Restore, while in Windows 8.1 the tool that interests you is File History. If you have Windows XP, you must contact the appropriate third-party software (for your luck there are also free). Among the main innovations of Windows 10 there is also the virtual assistant Cortana.

If you want to back up just certain elements, you must first understand which to choose. Apart from the most obvious file types such as text documents, spreadsheets, photos, videos and music, there are also any database and settings of various kindswithout forgetting the list of favorites of your web browser if did not use the feature sync offers from Firefox or Chrome. Before you back up and think about it, do not forget other elements such as a copy of all emails and any backup of your smartphone or tablet.