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How To Upgrade Your Laptop To Windows 10 Without Losing Your Files
Many people have been finding it so difficult to up-grade their laptop to latest windows 10. This article will give you a breakdown details on how you can easily switch to the latest Microsoft windows 10 without loosing your important files.
About Microsoft Windows 10
Windows 10 is an operating system developed and released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems. It was released on 29 July 2015.
Reasons Why You Need To Upgrade To Windows 10
Auto Updates :- Unlike previous versions of Windows, Microsoft has branded Windows 10 as a service that receives ongoing feature updates.
Storage management :- In Windows 10, Microsoft is making many improvements regarding storage. For starters, the new version has a much smaller footprint for installation. If you are making new installation, you will notice that Windows 10 takes a lot less space, often less than 10 GB.
Through the Settings app on System > Storage, you can easily manage their storage space, and move default saved locations to an external hard drive. You can even click on each hard drive to view what is taking up space in your system. Very useful feature and very easy to use for beginners.
Apps / Apps Store :- Windows 10 Apps Store lets you find software you need and discover more software, and you can run apps either windowed or full-screen.
These apps run in their own sandboxes, so they are more secure than other Windows apps. They also integrate with the system by offering notifications in Action Center and built-in sharing; for example, a photo app could share to an Instagram app using a standard share button.
Windows 10 also comes with slicker and more powerful productivity and media apps, including new Photos, Videos, Music, Maps, People, Mail, and Calendar. The apps work equally well as full-screen, modern Windows apps using touch or with traditional desktop mouse and keyboard input.
Cortana :- In Windows 10 one of the major features is Cortana, Microsoft's world first personal assistant, which now is part of the experience. Cortana is deeply integrated into the operating system, and even though you can't uninstall it, you can disable it. However, you may want to think twice before disabling it, as it can be a very helpful feature.
At the Taskbar, users will find the search box where Cortana lives, by typing a query you can quickly get answers, find files locally and stored in OneDrive. If you have taken a picture of a receipt or place, just type something you remember about that moment, and you'll see that image in the search results. You can also set reminders, send emails with voice commands, track packages and flights, and a lot more.
Settings app :- Another feature worth upgrading to Windows 10 is the Settings app, which is the new unified interface to configure the operating system. The Settings app is an upgrade to the PC settings in Windows 8.1 and it's what is going to replace Control Panel. However, not everysetting has been migrated to the new Settings app. As such, you can still find the old Control Panel if you wish to change some of the Windows 10 setting through that interface.
The Settings app still needs work, but it gets the job done. Compare to Control Panel, non-technical users will find the new interface easier to use. Also, the Settings app works across devices. As a result if you know how to access preference on a Windows 10 PC, you also already know how to change the preferences on a Windows 10 smartphone or tablet.
Contact Support :- Even though there are many tech savvy users, there are still many others that will need help using Windows 10. This time around Microsoft includes the Contact Support app that makes it super easy for users to get servicing for apps, Windows, and of course billing.
Minimum System Requirements For Windows 10
Windows 10 technical preview has these system requirements:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
- Free hard disk space: 16 GB
- Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
- A Microsoft account and Internet access (optional)
How To Up-grade To Windows 10 Without Losing Your Files
Back Up Your PC
Hopefully, you are already backing up your PC regularly. If not, be sure to make a full backup before you get started. The update procedure is non-destructive (you won’t lose your files or installed apps), and we don’t anticipate you will run into any problems. But, better safe than sorry. At the very least, make sure you have your important files backed up.
Turn Off Any Third Party Antivirus Tools
Some third party antivirus tools have been known to interfere with the Windows update process. It’s better to turn them off or uninstall them before performing your update. You can always reinstall a Windows 10 version after the update is done.
Download the Windows 10 Update Assistant
The Windows 10 update tool is pretty straight forward, and you can find the download right here.
Running the Upgrade Installer
When you’re ready to upgrade, run the installer tool (named MediaCreationTool) to get started.
You’ll first be prompted to upgrade the PC now, or create installation media for another PC. Select “Upgrade this PC now” to begin the upgrade process, and click the “Next” button. The tool begins downloading the Windows 10 installation files. The time that takes just depends on your Internet connection speed. We zoomed to 100 percent in a matter of minutes on a speedy cable connection, but if you’re on a slow connection you might be watching the meter for some time.
When it finally finishes downloading and unpacking the installation media you’ll be prompted to accept the terms of the license agreement. Click “Accept” and the installer will do a last update check before kicking you over to the final confirmation page.
By default the installer selects the largest “what to keep” selection it can, meaning it will keep all your personal files and installed apps safely in place. If that’s what you want to do, go ahead and click “Install” to get started with the installation. Otherwise, click the small “Change what to keep” link specify what you want to keep during the update process.
If you clicked the “Change what to keep” link, you’ll see a screen that lets you make a choice about what you want to keep during the update. Your choices include:
- Keep personal files and apps: This option retains all your personal files, all installed applications, and your current Windows settings. Choosing this option is the same as if you’d skipped the screen altogether.
- Keep personal files only: This option retains all your personal files, but removes any installed applications and current Windows settings. You’ll need to reinstall the applications you want after Windows is done updating.
- Nothing: This option removes all your personal files, all installed applications, and your Windows settings. It’s the closest you can get to performing a clean install using the update procedure and, honestly, you might be better off just doing a clean install if you’re thinking of using this setting. The update tool does move your personal files a folder named windows.old, so you can recover them for a while after the update. Still, you should make sure any important files are backed up, anyway. You can find more info online at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=12416.
Select your option, and then click the “Next” button to continue. You’ll be returned to the recap screen you saw in the last step and you can then click “Install” to get started with the update.
During the update, your PC will reboot a few times as the installer works. When it’s done, you’ll have the chance to do a little configuration.
Configuring Windows After The Upgrade
Before you can sign in to Windows for the first time after updating, you’ll be asked to configure a few options. There are quite a few little setups and tweaks you can perform here, and we recommend you take advantage of them. The first thing you’ll be prompted to do is verify your user account. This should be the same account you used under Windows 7 or 8.1. If you want to set up a new account, you can click the little “I’m not…” link at the bottom left of the screen. That would let you, for example, create a new online Microsoft account rather than use your existing local account.
If you create a new account, the screens you run into will be slightly different than if you just select the existing account (which is what we’re going to detail here). Nonetheless, many of the options will be the same.
After selecting your account, the next thing you’ll be asked to do is verify some privacy settings. You have to scroll down a bit to see them all, but they’re all included in the two images below. Mostly, it’s about what kind of stuff Microsoft can send to your PC and what your PC can send to them. The super privacy-concsous among you may want to just turn everything off (and that’s fine), but take the time to poke through the options.
And finally, you’re introduced to some of Windows 10’s new built-in apps—apps that will become the default for opening the types of files they support unless you click the little “Let me choose my default apps” link at the bottom left of the screen. Again, it’s also easy to change your default apps later on, so don’t fret too much over this decision.
After that, Windows will check for the latest updates, possibly restart your PC, and then you’ll be ready to sign in to Windows 10.
Now is the time to check on your apps to see if they survived the upgrade process (and update them if necessary), as well as to plug in your peripherals and make sure that all your hardware works (and update the drivers if necessary). You can then get down to enjoying Windows 10.
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