Windows 10 – Considering upgrading?

Earlier today I decided it was time to check out the new Windows 10 so I bit the bullet and upgraded. The process took around an hour but that would depend on your internet connect.

If you are a bit nervous, don’t be but just in case, make a back-up on a hard-drive before beginning (you never know what might go wrong). Here are the simple steps to get you going…

How to: Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1

  1. Click on the Windows button on the bottom right of the taskbar (near the sound icon, time and date).
  2. The Get Windows 10 window opens. For a limited time this upgrade is for free. Read the steps on this page then click on the button OK, let’s continue.
  3. The Windows Update window will open. Read the Microsoft Software License Terms then click on Accept.
  4. Make sure your back-ups have completed and that you have closed any applications that are open. Click on Start the upgrade now.
  5. This next stage will take around 40 minutes to an hour depending on your internet connection so time to put the jug on and have a cup of tea or coffee and check your social media on your phone. Your computer screen will show the percentage of the download completed.
  6. After the download has completed, you are greeted with a welcome screen saying ‘Hi there, welcome back!’. Under this it has your profile picture and username. If this is not yours, there is a hyperlink at the bottom to click ‘I’m not <username>’. Click on the Next button.
  7. The next screen is to customise settings. If you don’t want to customise anything at that point (you can change these settings later on), click on the button Use Express Settings.
  8. The final set-up screen shows the ‘New apps for the new Windows’. You can change your default apps on this screen, for example, Windows 10 will probably try and make their new music app the default for all music but if you have another music player, for example ‘iTunes’, you can change it here (or later). Click on the Next button.
  9. The next screen shows the start-up screen. Click this screen to type in your password (same as Windows 8 and 8.1).
  10. After downloading and setting up the desktop looks much the same. Anything that you have customised on your desktop (files, folders, applications) are still the same. Small things, like the icon for the Recycle Bin has changed.
  11. The biggest change you will notice is the taskbar. Any pinned item you customised have remained. It has added a few new ones. (To remove, right-click then select Unpin this program from taskbar.)
  12. The biggest difference is ‘Search the web and Windows’ on the taskbar. Click into the search bar and type an application you would like to open or to search on the internet (if you click on an internet option and you have not changed your default for a search engine, it will open the new app Microsoft Edge).
  13. When you click on the Windows button, you are no longer are you taken to a separate start page to find your applications, they are combined to look like the old Windows 7 but also include the tiles. So far that I have noticed, any customisations have stayed (for example, never combine on the taskbar)

Click HERE to download these steps in PDF with pictures.

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