The free upgrade period for Windows 10 is ending on July 29. If you’ve been putting off upgrading because you’re afraid of how your computer will handle it, we have some tips for you.
With the aggressive tactics Microsoft has deployed to “encourage” users to upgrade, it’s hard to believe that there’s any Windows users left who haven’t taken the plunge.
One small business owner even won a lawsuit against Microsoft after she claimed the upgrade was forced on her and that it caused her computer to become “unusable for days at a time.”
We don’t advocated suing Microsoft, but we do have some tips to help your upgrade go as smoothly as possible.
1. Check RAM Before Upgrading to Windows 10
This is no iTunes update. Windows 10 is a an entire operating system, which means its big. Your computer should have at least 4 gigs of RAM or better in order to run effectively with the new software.
If you have less than 4 gigs, it may be time to think about upgrading. Windows claims that Windows 10 will be its last operating system, which means the internet download model is likely to be the standard from now on.
This 1 minute video will show you how to quickly check your RAM if you have a Windows 8 Operating System:
2. Troubleshoot Issues Before Upgrading
Don’t upgrade a misbehaving system. Downloading a new operating system is likely to make existing programs worse. So if your computer is running slowly now, it’s likely to crawl after the update.
Before you attempt to download Windows 10, troubleshoot those problems or contact your local tech support team for help.
3. Uninstall Bloatware
Bloatware is all of that software that came pre-loaded on your PC. This might be Microsoft software, or it might come from manufacturers like Dell or Lenovo.
You most likely don’t use these programs and then tend to slow down your computer. To give you an idea of how much of an effect then can have, Microsoft sold a line of Signature PC’s designed without bloatware.
On average Signature PCs start up 104% faster, shut down 35% faster and have 28 minutes more battery life than the same laptops with bloatware.
Bloatware makes computers slower, so imagine what happens if you load a huge complex new operating system on top of that.
Uninstall those unused programs before downloading Windows 10. Here’s a 1 minute video on uninstalling programs in Windows 8
And an equally short but much sillier video on uninstalling programs in Windows 7.
4. Shut off your Antivirus
Antivirus software can conflict with Windows 10 and cause problems during installation. To avoid this, turn off your antivirus before you start the download.
If you have Norton or Avast, uninstall them and reinstall them after the update is complete.
5. Secure a Good Internet Connection
I keep saying it, but I’ll say it once more, Windows 10 is big. So it’s going to take a long time to download.
Minimize download time by making sure you have a good internet connection. Don’t use wireless if you can help it. Plug directly into your router instead.
If you have questions about any of these tips, or if you’ve already upgraded and your computer is misbehaving, contact your local tech support team or call Technology Solutions at 207-368-2880.