Windows 10 Lands 29th July 2015
On Wednesday 29th July 2015, Windows 10 will be unleashed onto the World.
Vista users have effectively been abandoned and if you are still running XP, then you really need to get a new machine.It’s a free ‘upgrade’ for all valid genuine version of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1
Our advice is to wait.
From a purely time perspective, the impact of Windows 10 on a business is huge! Windows 10 is a massive 3GB download per machine and as a result, internet connectivity speeds are going to suffer.
It could take more than an hour, depending on the specification of the machine, for the conversion process to run and that’s assuming everything runs perfectly and without a hitch.
Microsoft’s advice it to give the Windows 10 conversion process exclusive use so you will NOT be able to use your computer or laptop until the Windows 10 update process has finished.
Some might think they can just leave their laptop or computer to ‘get on with it’ but you will need to answer some prompts from Windows.
The tech-net has been buzzing with talk of driver issues which means that there might be problems with printers and other specialist peripherals.
Let other Users discover the ‘undocumented features’ of Windows 10 before you take the plunge.
Taking The Windows 10 Plunge
Windows 10 Installation Guide step One
Back up all your important files!
Back them up again to another device.
Back them up to yet another device/location.
Cloud storage, another non Windows 10 laptop or computer, OneDrive, Google Drive or NAS are acceptable backup locations, a USB pen drive is not.
We recommend that you have at least 3 different copies of your important files, on different services and in different locations.
The more copies of your important files you have, the better chance you have of recovering your data in the event of a Windows 10 update disaster.
Windows 10 Installation Guide step Two
Do not pass GO until you have completed Windows 10 Installation Guide step One!
Windows 10 Installation Guide step Three
Check that your machine is able to run Windows 10.
A recent Windows update will have place a new white icon (on the assumption that you have a valid and eligible Windows installation in the bottom right of your screen.
Click onto the Windows 10 Upgrade icon and you will be presented with this screen:
Now click on the 'hamburger' menu icon in the top left of the Windows 10 Upgrade screen as indicated in the image above.
Now click on the Check Your PC under the heading of Getting the upgrade
Hopefully you are now seeing this screen:
Warning, just because the screen says your system SHOULD be able to run Windows 10, this is NOT a guarantee that it will or perform to your expectations.
Historically, Microsoft’s minimum published specification for any of its Window’s operating systems have been well below the realistic requirements.
Windows 10 Minimum Specification
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
Graphics Card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
We would certainly recommend a minimum of 4GB RAM, realistically 6 or 8GB or RAM will be better.
Windows 10 Installation Guide step Four
Do You Have Enough Space for Windows 10?
Although your computer is likely to have enough space to perform the upgrade, you're required to have at least 5GB free. If you don't have enough disk space available, you can make more space by moving files, such as Documents, Videos, Pictures, and Music, to an alternate location.
If You Don't Have Enough Space for Windows 10
The Windows 10 installation process allows you to connect an external drive that the setup can use for temporary storage, but again it has to have at least 5GB of free space.
Windows 10 Installation Guide step Five
Keeping It Simple for Windows 10
Before beginning with the upgrade process, disconnect all the peripherals that are not necessary for example printers, external drives, external web-cams etc.
Best to connect only a mouse, keyboard, monitor and of course your broadband connection!
Once you have a stable Windows 10 installation, you can start re-connecting your peripherals ONE BY ONE just in case one of them causes Windows 10 to have a ‘hissy fit’
Windows 10 Installation Guide step Five- Laptops
If you are performing the Windows 10 upgrade on a laptop, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, start the Windows 10 upgrade process without making sure that your laptop is plugging into the mains supply and IS charging.
Windows 10 Installation Guide step Six
Check and double check that ALL your important files are backed up in several locations and that you have a good power supply.
Windows 10 Installation Guide step Seven
Once your machine asks if you want to proceed, which will be at some time on the 29th or 30th of July, stay calm and when you have completed all of your final checks, start the process.
If you have any questions or problems, we can help!