Recently Microsoft has been pushing the free upgrade to Windows 10 for all licensed users of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. Usually the first thing you'll notice is a new white window icon in the lower task bar with the hover over message "Get Windows 10". For some the installation works fine, but for others, the nightmare has just begun.
How to upgrade to Windows 10
Before taking the plunge to Windows 10 it is advisable to do some housekeeping in order to give the upgrade the best chance of success. The first thing you should do is make an image backup of your current setup. I use and recommend DriveClone for this job. Once you have backed up your system, the next step is to disable or uninstall all non-Microsoft virus scanning and protection programs. Too many times problems have developed with certain programs that cause big issues when upgrading. (You can always reinstall or reactivate the programs once the upgrade is complete.)
It will pay to invest a little time to see if all your hardware - including printers and accessories are compatible with windows 10 before going any further. Once you are satisfied, proceed.
Next go ahead and start the upgrade process. You may be required to download over 3GB of data and this can take some time to complete. All you need to do is follow the on screen instructions and hopefully once complete you will have a working copy of Windows 10.
How to uninstall Windows 10
If you're not happy with the new system or find that your old hardware isn't working or worse is not supported, you may wish to go back to your previous windows. This is achieved by clicking on the start menu, and then click on "Update & Security" icon and select "Recovery".
Hopefully you'll see a option like "Go back to Windows 7*" option (* or 8.1 if you were on that previously). Click the "Get Started" button to rollback the Windows 10 installation.
We hope this quick guide on how to prepare for an upgrade and how to perform a downgrade may assist you with your own journey.
Happy Computing :-)
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