5 points to consider before you upgrade your PC to Windows 8
So, you are thinking of upgrading your computer to the new Windows 8 operating system. But wait, have you checked the minimum system requirements for installing Windows 8? Does the hardware of your PC support Windows 8? Have you taken precautionary steps such as taking a backup and setting a restore point? There are some important points that you should consider before you upgrade to Windows 8 to ensure a glitch-free experience.
1. Check system requirements
Windows 8 has almost the same system requirements as Windows 7. So, if your PC supports Windows 7, it will also be compatible with Windows 8. If you are using some other operating system, check out the hardware requirements given below before you upgrade to Windows 8.
- 1 GHz or faster processor
- 1GB RAM for 32-bit Windows 8 and 2GB RAM for 64-bit Windows 8
- At least 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB (64-bit) free hard disk space
- Graphics card:Â MicrosoftÂ DirectXÂ 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
2. Familiarize yourself with Windows 8
Windows 8 has an all new user interface and several features have been introduced. Microsoft has entirely changed the look and feel of the operating system. The ‘Start’ button that was there in the earlier Windows operating systems has been removed. Instead of the ‘Start’ menu, Windows 8 has the Charms bar that lets users search for programs, change settings, and do lots more. Other new features include Live Tiles, Storage Spaces, a revamped Control Panel, etc. Before you upgrade to Windows 8, familiarize yourself with the operating system so that you don’t face any problems in using it. Watch video tutorials or get hands-on experience of working on a PC with Windows 8.
3. Choose the correct upgrade path
If you purchase a computer with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013, it will cost you $14.99 to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. PCs bought before June 2 and having Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP can be upgraded to Windows 8 for $39.99. Users who upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8 can bring along their settings, files, and applications to the new OS. However, only settings and personal files are transferred when upgrading from Windows Vista. In case of Windows XP, users can only preserve their files in Windows 8.
4. Upgrade programs on your PC
Some of the applications on your PC might not be compatible with Windows 8. For instance, an accounting software that you are using with Windows XP might not work on Windows 8. So, upgrade them and ensure that they are supported by the new operating system. Most programs that are compatible with Windows 7 will also be supported by Windows 8.
5. Back up your data and set a restore point
It’s always a good practice to take a back up of your files before upgrading the operating system. This can prove quite useful in case the upgrade hangs mid way or there’s system failure. You can also set a system restore point to which you can revert if your computer displays critical errors.
So, by considering these five points, you will be able to make a smooth transition to Windows 8 and minimize the chances of any glitches later on.
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