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Windows 10 Upgrade Process

April 20, 2019 |

If you’ve left it until the last minute and finally decided to upgrade to Windows 10, this is the upgrade process you’ll need to go through. It should be quick and completely painless, and there’s really only one step that might catch you out. Check out the video above to discover what you can expect during the upgrade process, remember timings vary between computers. Step 1: Read our Windows 10 upgrade guide Before you begin the Windows 10 upgrade, read our Get ready for Windows 10 guide. You may still need to perform some routine maintenance beforehand. You should also consider backing up your important files — the upgrade process shouldn’t affect them, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Step 2: Download the latest setup files Once Windows Update has downloaded the Windows 10 upgrade files and you begin the Windows 10 Setup, the first few steps take place within…    read more 

Boot Your Computer From a Disc or USB Drive

April 20, 2018 |

CHRIS HOFFMAN@chrisbhoffmanUPDATED JANUARY 18, 2018, 4:42PM EDT Usually, you boot your computer from its main hard drive, which contains your operating system (like Windows). But occasionally, you may need to boot from a CD, DVD, or USB drive—say, if you’re running a recovery program, or testing out a new operating system like Linux. In order to do this, you need to tell your computer’s BIOS to load the operating system from a different place than usual. You can do this in two ways: By changing the boot order in the BIOS or UEFI firmware (so it attempts to boot from CD or USB every time), or by accessing a boot menu on startup (so it’ll only boot from CD or USB that one time). We’ll show you both methods in this guide. The first is permanent until you change it again, but should exist on every computer. The latter method is faster, but may not exist…    read more 

How to do a Clean Install of Windows 10 the Easy Way

November 14, 2016 |

The Windows 10 upgrade process drags old files, settings, and programs from your previous Windows system to your new one. Microsoft allows you to get an entirely fresh system by performing a clean install. This is particularly useful if you’ve purchased a new Windows 10 PC and it includes manufacturer-installed bloatware you don’t want. Or, you may need to perform a clean install on a computer without an existing Windows system after installing a new hard drive. Of course, you’ll miss out on the good pre-installed apps, like the free DVD player program that comes with many PCs. However, you can always install VLC to get DVD playback or use one of the more fully featured Windows Media Center alternatives. Previously, Microsoft forced users to upgrade to Windows 10 before they could start fresh and do a clean install–which was annoyingly complicated and time-consuming. Now, things are much easier, since you can activate Windows 10 with a Windows 7, 8,…    read more