Microsoft released the next iteration of its popular operating system, Windows 10, last July 29, 2015 and right now, a lot of Windows 7 and 8 users are busily trying to upgrade to Microsoft’s latest offering. To make the transition easy for everyone, below is a guide to easily and quickly install Windows 10 on your computer or laptop.
Step #1 – Can Your Hardware Handle Windows 10?
The first thing you have to do is to check if your PC’s or laptop’s hardware can run Windows 10. If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1, then your computer is probably Windows 10 ready but to be sure, here is the least requirements Microsoft recommends to get the most out of their new OS.
- A PC/Laptop with at least 1 gigahertz or faster Processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit systems / 2 GB for 64-bit systems
- Hard disk space of 16GB (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 or the most recent one with WDDM 1.0 driver installed
- Minimum of 800 x 600 display resolution
Step #2 – Back Up Your Data
This one is a no brainer. You need to back up all your important data just in case something goes wrong or you meet an error while installing/upgrading to Windows 10. How to do this you say? Just go to Windows’ control panel and choose Backup and Restore and everything will be done for you automatically. You can also create a Recovery point before installing/upgrading to Windows 10 for double security.
Step #3 – Get Windows 10 For Your System
It goes without saying that you should get a copy of Windows 10 that’s right for your system: if you’re running either a 32-bit or a 64-bit system, get the appropriate Windows 10 that will run on your system. If you’ve signed up for Windows 10 free update, then your computer may have already downloaded the correct Windows 10 version for your system and may have prompted you with a message that Windows 10 is ready to be installed. A message similar to something below:
Remember, you cannot do a clean install of Windows 10 if you signed up for the free upgrade so you have no choice at this but to upgrade your registered system.
Step #4 – Install Windows 10
The installation is pretty straight forward and the Windows 10 installation will mostly take care of itself. Your computer will restart a couple of times and then you will be prompted for some of your information once the Windows 10 is complete. If you want to install Windows 10 on another system which hasn’t been registered for the free upgrade, then you will have to download an ISO copy of Windows 10 from Microsoft’s site and create a bootable USB/DVD using Microsoft’s own tool then you are all set to go.
Windows 10 is extremely easy to install and once you have it up and running, you will have a lot of fun exploring and discovering what’s new with Microsoft’s latest OS.