Windows 10 is coming. Here’s what you should do to make the transition from Windows 7 or Windows 8 as smooth as possible.
- Make sure your computer is up to date. If you’re not sure, press Win + R, enter wuapp (Windows Update app), and press Enter. Then click Check for updates in the left sidebar. If there are important updates, install them. While you’re here, make sure that Automatic Updates is turned on under the Windows Update settings.
- Back up your data. This is really important! In the unlikely event something goes wrong, you don’t want to lose your files. There’s a great app called Bvckup that’s probably the best backup software you can get. Buy an external hard drive (at least as big as the one in your computer) and Bvckup, set them up, and you’ll be that much safer. Be sure you keep the software keys (serials) for anything you have installed, because that might not be backed up.
- Any programs you have will probably work with Windows 10. This is more of a note than a step. If you’re using software that works with Windows 7 or 8, it’s unlikely to break when you upgrade to Windows 10. If it was released before Windows 7, it’s possible that it might not work with Windows 10. If something isn’t compatible with Windows 10, it will be automatically uninstalled and added to a list of uncompatible software on your Desktop.
- Don’t freak out if you don’t see it the day of release. Microsoft’s rollout is just that: not everyone will be getting Windows 10 on the 29th. If you reserved it, you will be getting it before those who did not. Likewise, Windows Insiders will be getting Windows 10 before reserved users. Also, Windows is a big piece of software and will take time to download on slower connections. Patience is a virtue (though that never really helped me have it).
- Find something to do for 30 minutes. Once you click Install, you’re going to have to live without that PC for around half an hour, give or take (depending on your computer’s performance). For your computer, it’s a complicated process. For you, it’s a mind-numbing session of staring at a screen. Unless, of course, you’ve got something else to do.
- Don’t panic! Things may look different, but chances are they still function the same way. If you need help, or a (re)introduction to Windows, Microsoft’s support site is actually pretty good these days.
- Say hi to Cortana for me.