How to prep-up your system for Windows 10
Windows 10, released on July 29, is attracting more and more users to make a transition from earlier versions of Windows to the new OS. The new OS comes with several new features like Cortana – the virtual assistant, next-gen Microsoft Edge web browser, a refreshed Start button and the blissful Xbox streaming.
Before you start Windows 10 upgrade, you ought to prepare your PC to ensure the entire process goes smooth and without casualties. So, here is how to make the necessary moves to prepare your system for the perfect transition.
Preparations for Windows 10
- Check for the requirements
Though Windows 10 is the successor to Windows 8, the minimum requirements for the newer OS matches (save for disk space) the minimum requirements for Windows 7, which are:
- 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM for 32-bit architectures and 2 GB RAM for 64-bit architectures, 16 GB disk space for 32-bit architectures and 20 GB disk space for 64-bit architectures, and a DirectX 9-capable video card with WDDM driver.
- Free up enough disk space
You will require at least 16 GB of hard disk space in order to install a 32-bit version of Windows 10. To check for the space, right-click on the C:/ drive or the one in which your current OS is installed. To free up some space, you can use the Disk Cleanup option or uninstall some useless programs from Control Panel.
- Make a backup
However, it isn’t necessary to make a backup when you’ve decided to go for Windows 10; it’s a good idea to make a backup just in case something odd comes up. You can either use a cloud service like One Drive or Google Drive to save the backup or make a backup on some physical storage device like external hard drive. Backup should include your photos, videos, documents and any other files you may deem important.
- System image creation
You can create a system image on both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Simply head to Control Panel and select Back up your computer option, which can be found in the Systems and Security On the left-side screen, create a system image and pick a location to save the system image into. You can also create a USB recovery drive in case your system image in the system disk fails.
- Update drivers
The last thing that you need to do in order to prepare your system for a smooth Windows 10 transition is, to make sure that all your device drivers are up-to-date. This will help you avoid any stability issues which could arise due to computer’s hardware. To check for the drivers, head to DXDIAG else, visit your manufacturer’s support website. You can also save the drivers onto a thumbdrive (a.k.a pendrive) if you need them during the installation.
So, that’s all you need to do and you’re system will be more than ready for the Windows 10 installation.