Windows 10, the latest operating system from Microsoft has been available for preview for early adopters that want to have a feel of how the OS is going to be. However, come Wednesday, July 29, 2015, it would be available for everyone to download on to their computers or tablets as long as your device meets the requirements.

You must however be running the latest version of either Windows 7 or Windows 8 to be able to upgrade to Windows 10. In addition to this requirement, your hardware must also meet the minimum specification stated below.

  • 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

Another important fact to note is that the upgradeability of a device has factors beyond the system specification. This includes driver and firmware support, application compatibility, and feature support, regardless of whether or not the device meets the minimum system specification for Windows 10.

Windows 10 would also come in different flavours or editions, which include

  • Windows 10 Mobile
  • Windows 10 Home and
  • Windows 10 Pro

Therefore, the edition of Windows 7 or Windows 8 that you are currently running would determine the edition of Windows 10 that you are going to get as shown below.

  • Windows Phone 8.1 would get Windows 10 Mobile
  • Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 8.1 would all get Windows 10 Home.
  • Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1 Pro for Students would all get Windows 10 Pro

So, how do I prepare for this upgrade?

  1. Load up your internet modem, phone or whatever it is you use to connect to the internet in readiness for this great upgrade. You would likely need about 3GB of data for the download.
  2. Back-up your important files just in case anything goes wrong and you need to revert to your old set-up.
  3. Temporarily remove security software like firewall and anti-virus software before installing as these software may try to interfere with the installation.
  4. You must have been seeing a notification in the notification area of your PC with the name “Get Windows 10“. You should click it and follow the instructions therein to reserve your own free copy of Windows 10.

The full FAQ on Windows 10 is available on the Microsoft website here. You can check it out to learn more about upgrading to Windows 10.

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