At the time of writing, Windows 10 is just 8 sleeps away.

If you are home user; you’ll want to prepare for your upgrade by following a couple of simple steps.

If you are a business user; be patient, your IT department will work on upgrades as soon as humanly possible. Remember it’s their job to ensure all your important apps keep working and they can provide you with the best experience possible to get your job done. Sometimes this means you don’t get the latest and greatest.

1. Check your upgrade status

Assuming your computer is configured with automatic updates, you will likely have noticed the Get Windows 10 app by now. For more information about reserving your free copy of Windows 10 see Windows 10 Upgrade. To check if your PC is ready for the upgrade and if any apps or hardware problems exist, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on the Windows 10 icon in the task bar
    Windows 10 Check Upgrade Status Step 1
  2. Select Check your upgrade status
    Windows 10 Check Upgrade Status Step 2
  3. Click the hamburger icon
    Windows 10 Upgrade Status Step 3
  4. Select Check your PC
    Windows 10 Upgrade Status Step 4

This screen will either tell you everything is fine, or it will warn you about things that need to be addressed before the update. The only apps I’ve seen that are a problem so far are AntiVirus products. But I’m sure there is more out there. Where possible, Microsoft will recommend solutions or direct you to the company web site. If an application is identified with compatibility problems, you’ll need to wait until the application vendor releases a suitable update. With products like AntiVirus, you can assume this will happen reasonably quickly.

Windows 10 Upgrade Ready

2. Backup or use OneDrive (or similar)

One of the most important and yet completely overlooked parts of having a PC (or Mac) is the need to ensure things which you consider important (photos, documents, tax records, etc) are backed up. Laptops, desktops, Macs and external hard disks are all susceptible to failure.

Reasons to store your data in the cloud

  1. Your data is always safe. Assuming you have a frequent internet connection, your data is automatically copied to the cloud and accessible from any supported device.
  2. Access from anywhere. Open a browser or app, log in, and your data is there!
  3. It’s easy. Download the app, sign in, choose folders, done.

Disadvantages of cloud storage

  1. Slow internet. In Australia, many of us have slow internet connections. This can make the initial data upload quite frustrating or data download to be a concern. I embarked on this over a year ago and it took over a month for all my photos to upload. I don’t foresee a need to download the entire library anytime soon, but if I did, it would take a similar amount of time to download.
  2. Cost. OneDrive has 15GB of storage for free. 1 TB is included with an Office 365 home or personal subscription. For information about storage upgrade costs, see OneDrive Plans.

Cloud Storage Options

Backup Options

If you don’t want to use the cloud, invest in an additional external hard drive and configure local backups. Some utilities I know of are: