Windows 10 releases this week to the public, and there are a few things you should know about it and how to get it running in time. It’s important to be patient as the OS rolls out and might be slow to release online due to server congestion. This is you guide to the Windows 10 launch:

Minimum Requirements

Like most things in life, you need to meet certain requirements to get something. Windows 10 is no different. Here are the system requirements for Windows 10

  • Latest OS: Make sure you are running the latest version either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
  • Don’t know which version you are running? Check here to find out.
  • Need to download the latest version? Click here for Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 800×600

Reserve your copy now

To make sure that you are ready for Windows 10, make sure your current Windows is fully updated and you can see the Windows logo at the bottom of the screen. Here you will reserve your copy of Windows 10.

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Click on the “Reserve your free upgrade” in the app window, and then enter your email address to secure you upgrade. Your copy of Windows will download in the background and be ready for the 29th of July, when Windows 10 officially launches.

What version will you get?

With the upgrade from Windows 7, 8/8.1 to Windows 10, you will get the same version of Windows 10 that you are running currently.

Windows 7

From Edition To Edition
Windows 7 Starter Windows 10 Home
Windows 7 Home Basic Windows 10 Home
Windows 7 Home Premium Windows 10 Home
Windows 7 Ultimate Windows 10 Pro
Windows 7 Professional Windows 10 Pro

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Windows 8/8.1

From Edition To Edition
Windows Phone 8.1 Windows 10 Mobile
Windows 8.1 Windows 10 Home
Windows 8.1 Pro Windows 10 Pro
Windows 8.1 Pro for Students Windows 10 Pro

Prepare for the installation

Installing Windows 10 can take anything from 1 hours to 3 hours depending on your PC and specs. The installation will take even longer if you have hundreds of programs and apps installed on your PC. Here are a few tips to help speed up your Windows 10 installation:

  • Uninstall unused programs and features
  • Delete unwanted files and folders
  • Check to see if you have any other programs running that might slow things down
  • When starting the installation, make sure you select “Install Windows Updates”. This will help make the installation smoother and might just squash some of those bugs that could cause the installation to stop halfway.Windows 10 Featured

Make a Backup

You never know what could go wrong with this installation, and even though Microsoft have tried their hardest to make sure that Windows 10 installs without a problem, it is always safe to have a backup on hand.

Find System Image Backup in the Control Panel, pop in an external hard drive, and back up your entire current Windows image. If anything goes wrong you have your Windows backup up that you can restore like nothing ever happened.

Uninstall Anti-Virus

Sometimes an anti-virus/malware program can cause more harm on your Windows installation than anything else. It is highly recommended that just before you start the installation, you uninstall your anti-virus, it will be of no use during the installation.

One example of this is the built in Windows Defender. Navigate through to Settings> uncheck Turn on real-time protection, then save changes

Windows 10 2Remove any external peripherals

Having an external hard drive, web cam, Xbox Controller, or anything else plugged in while installing Windows 10 could just slow things down and even halter the installation due to missing drivers. Rather wait till your Windows 10 is up and running and then go ahead and plug things in to start installing.

Wrap up

As long as you make sure that your PC is running smoothly with the current Windows installed, then installing Windows 10 should be no problem. We will have more coverage on Windows 10 next week as we start running our own copies and getting the hang of things.