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Installing Windows 10?

Tech Tuesday Installing Windows 10

TechTuesday – Installing Windows 10?

We’ve all become accustomed to that annoying popup in the bottom right of our screens that constantly asks you to upgrade to windows 10. But now that the free upgrade period has passed, that pop is either no longer working or has disappeared. So what do you do if you suddenly see a number of benefits to windows 10 and have decided to embrace it and everything that comes alone with it? Well, as the free upgrade period has passed, does that mean that if you want to upgrade you now have to pay for a full copy or a license? In short, no, you can still upgrade for free as long as you are running a fully activated copy of windows 7, 8 or 8.1.

 

Before you start you will need to acquire an offline version of windows 10 in the form of an iso. (At the time of writing this, you can still download a copy of Windows 10 from the Microsoft website).

Win10 Download Media Tool

The Microsoft Media Creation Tool will help you create a USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file. I recommend choosing ISO and using this to create a bootable DVD.

 

Once you have you copy of Windows 10 on disk, log into your current windows setup and run the DVD. Windows 10 will check your system to see if you’re using a legitimate copy of windows 7, 8 or 8.1 and once this is complete you should see the screen below asking for a windows 10 license key:

Windows 10 Setup

Below “Enter Product key” you will see an option “I’m reinstalling Windows 10 on this PC” (circled in red). Choose this option and follow the installation instructions. Once complete, you will have an activated Windows 10 install with a shiny new license key.

Sounds easy? Well for most users it is, but before you go ahead with your Win 10 install there are a few things you should consider.

Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 vs. 10

First and foremost, once you’ve clicked install, there is no way back. Also, is your computer 5 years old or older? If so, hand away from the mouse!  Unfortunately for you, it’s time for a bit of research. Before you can jump head first into the world of Windows 10 you need to check with your PC manufacturer to see if all the drivers you require have windows 10 versions. Despite what you may think,  Windows 7 or 8 versions of your drivers may not work on windows 10. In fact, you may have problems with everything from USB Bluetooth & WiFi dongles to Sound & Video cards.

Bricked Printer on Windows 10

Some printers can become about as functional as a brick.

Do you have a printer? Is it older than 2 years of age? While you may consider it a trooper that’s a long way from being sent to live on a farm, it could well become a casualty of a Win 10 upgrade. We’ve seen varied results from such printers, some work just fine, some work but without the same functionality, and unfortunately, some end up about as functional as a brick when used on Windows 10.

The Verdict? To Install windows 10 or not?

So, the verdict?

 

Well it depends, we’ve tried this with a number of PCs in our office to mixed results. Although windows allowed us to upgrade from windows 7 to windows 10 it did not always function correctly once installed. In one case this was due to resources (despite meeting Win10 system requirements), in another, it wouldn’t accept the windows 7 drivers and the manufacturer of the computer hadn’t provided windows 10 versions so we were stuck with a gritty version of the new OS. These incidents occurred on systems that were 5 or more years old. On the other hand, when installing on a more modern system, barely 3 years old at best, the install went perfectly fine.

So before you decide to take the jump, we really recommend that you do your research or it could end up costing you more than a license key.