There are a few things to consider. If you have an older computer (4 years +) and you are thinking about upgrading to Windows 10, read this page first. Newer machines should not be a problem.
First, keep in mind that your hardware may be too old for Windows 10. If that is the case there may not be drivers available for your motherboard, video cards etc. That means that your system could stop working. To avoid this, consider a new computer before experiencing that headache. It will save you a lot of time and frustration.
The older video connections called VGA have gone away for the most part. Older monitors used this type of connections which new video cards will not support. If your monitors are as old as your computer this is something to keep in mind as well.
If you are online you are using a browser to get there. That said the security of that browser is critical in keeping you safe from hackers and infections. If you are using an older computer with an older browser you are putting yourself at risk every time you go online. Windows 10 will also give you a more secure browser.
Microsoft security updates are more important now than every to keep up to date. Although Microsoft will continue to support Windows 7 through 2020, their focus on security is more so for Windows 10. If your computer is really old with Windows XP or Vista for example, you have no security updates at all. Stop now and read Replacing an Older Computer.
Changing to a new computer is never fun but sometimes you have to bite the bullet and get it done. We can help you smooth out process tell you what you need to do step by step. It is not as bad as you think, read this.
You will have to move to Windows 10 at some point anyway, you have no choice. So if you have an older computer that needs replaced you can take care of it all in one shot. Get a new computer with Windows 10 and you will be good to go for many more years. Start the year off right.
Is it possible to UPGRADE from Windows 7 to Windows 10? Yes, but it is not simple and we would highly recommend doing a clean install versus an upgrade. Upgrading is not always a smooth process and often leaves behind small issues to deal with.
You are much better off and it will be much more stable if you do a CLEAN INSTALL. The difference is a clean install wipes the drive and installs Windows 10 from scratch.
It is not as scary as it seems but yes will need to reinstall all of your programs and backup all data before you even start. You can use a USB stick (that is easiest way) unless you have an external hard drive.Either way be prepared to backup your data before you do anything else!
1- The first step would be to buy Windows 10 Pro 64 bit software. Plan this for a weekend to you are not rushed.
2- Then backup all data, make sure you don’t forget your Favorites, My Documents and anything that is on the desktop.
3- If you have proprietary programs like trading, Quicken or Quickbooks or professional software. Contact your software vendor about that data as it may be stored in a different location.
4- Gather all of your program software. This includes proprietary software, Microsoft Office etc. If some of your programs have been downloaded find them and put on a USB stick to have ready. If you need to download them again, do this now before you start the new Windows 10 install.
5- Once you are double sure you have backed up all of your data, you have all of your program software and ready to start, turn off your computer.
6- Pull out the Windows 10 CD, boot the machine and right away pop the CD in the drive. The system will boot from the Windows 10 CD and start to install. If you miss it and it boots to previous operating system, just reboot again. When you see the Windows 10 logo and the lights flashing on the front of the DVD you know it is loading.
7- Follow the procedure to install Windows 10 completely. Note during the install it prompts you to create a Microsoft account. You do NOT have to do this, there is an option to create OFFLINE account (like you have now) choose that option. Once it is finished your system will reboot leaving you at the desktop. Your clean install is complete.
8- Reinstall all of your programs, then copy all of your data back to the system.
9- Windows 10 is pretty good about automatically finding drivers, but double check the Device Manager to see if any are missing. Test your printers and other peripherals to make sure everything is working and you are DONE.
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