The Windows 8 operating system has had a lot of positive reviews. It has a wide range of features that were not present in previous versions. So if you are prepared to upgrade, there are some steps you should take to make sure it goes smoothly. An article recently written by Smallbiz Technology goes into lots of detail, but we have chosen a few of the most critical and shared them below.
Do the Research
The first thing you should check before upgrading may seem obvious. Make sure your computer can run efficiently on Windows 8. A machine must have the following requirements to be able to run Windows 8: 1GB of RAM, 16GB of hard-drive space, and a 1GHz processor. These are the same requirements as Windows 7. So if you are already running Windows 7, there’s no need to check.
There are many reasons why having a secure backup of your essential documents is a good idea. But particularly before you begin an upgrade it is crucial. You could store your info in an external hard drive but if you feel that this can be expensive or you simply have too much data to transfer easily, you can opt for a private cloud service. Many managed service providers (MSPs) offer these services. This will ensure that your essential data is safeguarded if something goes wrong throughout the upgrade.
Microsoft offers its own setup utility that will search your computer to ascertain if your software and drivers are supported in Windows 8. This is especially important for computers that are using Windows XP. As you might know, Microsoft will no longer provide support to this operating system starting in 2014. If you’re upgrading from it to Windows 8, you will need to reinstall all of your drivers and software. This means you will have to find all those installation discs that was included with your software. Updating to a new operating system is never a simple task. But Windows 8 promises to be worth it. The added features that come with the system could improve your efficiency at work. Just make sure that you take the steps needed for a safe and hassle-free Windows 8 installation.
Posted on: 12.06.12