My experience upgrading to Windows 10
My experience upgrading to Windows 10 from previous Windows 8.1 seems to be a good one. I did not met any troubles in the Windows 10 upgrade process. I saw the prompt message or notification at the bottom right corner last week that said Windows 10 update is available. By the way, I have subscribed to Windows 10 update through email before it has been released.
I have a new Lenovo laptop which I bought from Lenovo official store recently. It has 4G memory and 500G storage space. Few apps and documents installed or saved on my PC. I has the Windows 8.1 before the upgrade.
It seems Microsoft rolled out the upgrade by groups. As some of my friend uggraded to Windows 10 several days before me. When I received the update notice, Microsoft asked me if I like to schedule the Windows 10 update. The downloading of Windows 10 takes long. I was playing some game with my mobile phone when Windows 10 was downloading on to my Lenovo PC, so for unknown amount of time I had waited. You have to be patient during the whole upgrade process. Make sure your PC stay connected to the internet, do not power off your computer until you finished. After downloading Windows 10 system files, your PC will restart to install or configure the Windows 10. This is another long process you have to be patient. Your computer will restart several times during the whole upgrade process.
I have been on the latest Windows 10 for several days. I like it more than previous Windows 8.1. In Windows 10, you can have the Start menu again. App icons are more polished. Edge browser is better than previous IE browser. It also adds the Cortana voice assistant which I have not tried yet. However there are some essential features are missing on it, such as DVD player. Now you need to pay extra $15 for a Windows DVD player from Microsoft store or download third party software, such as this free DVD player for windows 10.
Important tips before you upgrade to Windows 10
Before the update, you should firstly check if you have the minimum hardware requirements on PC, Windows 10 requires as below:
- Processor: 1GHz CPU or faster
- RAM: 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)
- Disk space: 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit)
- Graphics: DirectX 9-capable video card with WDDM driver
You will need at least 16GB of free space to install Windows 10.But this does not count on your personal documents and documents created by other software on your computer, so make sure you have at least 20GB or more space on your C drive. Otherwise you need to clear some space from C drive by uninstall unnecessary software, move files or documents to other hard drive, etc.
Generally speaking the Windows 10 upgrade will not cause any data loss. It is always a good practise to back up your data regularly regarless you are upgrading Windows or not. You can back up your data from PC to a cloud service such as Dropbox, Google Drive, MS OneDrive, or an external hard drive such as Seagate, West Digital, Toshiba, etc.