Things to Know BEFORE Installing Windows 10

[pullquote align=”right” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]After all, isn’t Windows 10 free! Yes…unless you are running Vista.[/pullquote]To upgrade or not upgrade to Windows 10 — almost every genealogist’s question. Is it yours?

Articles are NOT posted as MY recommendation. Like you, I have to decide when I will upgrade my computers to Windows 10. These articles appeared to be helpful and/or interesting. Since I don’t plan an immediate upgrade, I know I won’t remember where they were. So this list is as much for me as for you.  Articles are not listed in any particular order. More to be added as I find them. ~ All links will open in a new tab or window of your browser. Latest finds will be listed at the top.

List of articles posted on the Internet concerning upgrading to Windows 10:

Article Name/Link Description Article Postdate

Windows 10 Vs Windows 8 Vs Windows 7: What’s The Difference?

“…let’s weigh up the main differences between Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8. There are a large number of pros but also some significant cons, including a few potential deal breakers.” Hmm….I don’t know why I didn’t see this article before now. Excellent links to other W10 within this link.  2-Aug-2015

Common Problems With Installing Windows 10, and How to Fix Them

You might think I’ve put this on the wrong page. BUT READ BEFORE INSTALLING — these are things that causes problems with installations. Knowing about these before installation may save you a lot of headache not to mention frustration. 24-Aug-2015
How to get rid of the ‘Your upgrade to Windows 10 is ready’ lock “Did you sign up for the Windows 10 upgrade, but change your mind? This may fix your Win7/8.1 updater.” ~ [Article is by Woody Leonard who has been writing about Windows programs for years.] 21-Aug-2015
“Over the next few months most people will be getting Windows 10 as an upgrade from an earlier version rather than as an off-the-shelf copy. That’s great and cuts out a lot of hassle, but what happens if you trash your system and want to reinstall?
You need to have some media or you’ll end up going back to your copy of Windows 7 or 8 and upgrading again. And of course that route won’t be open after the first year. So, how do you go about creating some recovery media?” Slideshow provides step-by-step instructions.
“Microsoft has published a set of videos to help Windows 10 users solve any audio playback issues.” The videos & tutorials are available at this link. 21-Aug-2015
“You’re not interested in a clean install, you don’t want to fuss with wiping your computer, you just want to take the plunge and upgrade to Windows 10. It might be a relatively straight forward process, but it’s always useful to bring a guide. … [This article will] we walk you through the upgrade process.” Pictures included. 11-Aug-2015
5 Questions About Windows 10 Everyone Is Asking 1) Do I really have to pay to play Solitaire in Windows 10? 2) Does Windows 10 really share my wi-fi with people? 3) How can I tell if there are potential compatibility problems before I install Windows 10? 4) Are there any critical features in older version of Windows that Windows 10 doesn’t have? 5) Can I say no to the upgrade? If I did upgrade, can I undo it? 2-Aug-2015
Don’t bother with Microsoft Windows 10 until you read this “Wait, doesn’t it always make sense to download something for free? Microsoft released its brand-new operating system this week, and you can grab it at no cost, but make sure you know exactly what you are getting into before you upgrade.” 30-Jul-2015
A closer look at the Edge browser in Windows 10 “…Internet Explorer will only receive security patches going forward (read: no new features or design changes). Just as important, it will no longer be the default browser in Windows. That honor now goes to Edge, a cleaner, leaner browser that makes its debut on Win 10.” 30-Jul-2015
What Windows 7 users need to know about updating to Windows 10 “If your PC is still running Windows 7, you may be wondering if you should pull the trigger and install Windows 10. After all, it’s a free upgrade until a year from now. That really depends on whether the new features matter to you or not.” 30-Jul-2015

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ALSO, see What To Do After Installing Windows 10.

Last updated: September 25, 2015 at 22:01 pm, Minor edits.

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