Microsoft keeps encouraging you to upgrade to Windows 10, and you’ve finally decided it’s time to make the move. Don’t just start the update process before you and your equipment are ready.
Prep for Windows 10 Update
How should you prepare? Here are four steps to take when you’re ready to upgrade to Windows 10:
1) First, it helps to see how Windows 10 differs from your current version of Windows. There are dozens of video tutorials on youtube. Here’s one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZqKyhfD7-E.
2) Back up your data! The upgrade shouldn’t damage or lose your documents, photos, or music. But it’s best to play it safe. Back up to a flash drive, external hard drive, or an online drive.
3) Have you checked whether an upgrade to Windows 10 will cause potential incompatibility issues with any hardware? If so, then download any necessary drivers now, before the upgrade. If a printer or scanner is too old and won’t be compatible at all, it’s time to purchase a replacement. For more on this go to: Should you Upgrade to Windows 10?
4) You should also check whether an upgrade will cause incompatibility issues with your software. Be prepared to install newer, compatible versions of the software you need as soon as the upgrade is done.
Upgrade to Windows 10: What if I Don’t Like It?
Microsoft gives you a month to change your mind after upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. If you really need to go back, this is what you should do – after backing up your data, of course:
1. Open the Start menu and select Settings.
2. Click the “Update & Security” icon and select “Recovery.” You should see a “Go back to Windows 7” or “Go back to Windows 8.1” option.
3. Click the “Get Started” button to downgrade the Windows 10 installation to your previous Windows version.
If it’s been over a month since you upgraded then you won’t see this option.
The Future is Windows 10
There are some challenges with Windows 10, but also lots to like. Keep in mind that all previous versions of Windows are going to start fading away as Windows 10 stabilizes. All new computers have Windows 10 preinstalled. New programs will be less and less compatible with earlier versions of Windows over the next couple of years, pushing everyone to upgrade.
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