How to Prepare Your PC for Windows 10

Are you ready for the next iteration of Windows? If you’re planning to update your system as soon as Windows 10 launches next Wednesday, you’ve got some work to do. It doesn’t matter if you intend to do an upgrade instead of a clean install—you’ll still want to ensure a smooth transition. We’ve outlined the steps you should take to make it a painless switch.

In order to know how to properly prepare, you should weigh the following:

  • What operating system do you use now?
  • Which data do you want to preserve?
  • Are you currently plagued by bugs and errors?

The first thing to consider is your operating system version—only Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users can do an in-place upgrade, which means you don’t have to migrate your data and reinstall all your programs. Sorry, Vista users (and the XP faithfull!), you must do a clean install; skip on down to the next step to get on with your prep.

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