Windows 8 looks unique from any of the systems that have come before it. And, in general, the reviews have been positive. If you are ready to upgrade to the new system, here are some ways to ensure the transition goes smoothly. If you want more tips, read this article on the Smallbiz Technology website that goes more in-depth. Here are the tips we thought were most important.
Do the Research
The very first thing you have to check before upgrading may seem obvious. Make sure your computer can run effectively on Windows 8. A machine must have the following requirements in order 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 is no need to check.
Before starting the upgrade, ensure that all of your important files are backed up. You can either store your files in a cloud service, an external hard drive or a server. This will protect your most important files in case disaster strikes during the upgrade.
To make sure your computer will support Windows 8, Microsoft offers a setup utility that searches your computer for the right elements. This is important, particularly if you are running Windows XP as Microsoft will stop supporting XP in 2014. After you upgrade, you’re going to need to reinstall all of your drivers and software. So you will need all of your installation disks. This may seem like a hassle, but the new features of Windows 8 are worth it and in the long run you will be glad you made the upgrade. But before you do, make sure you take the appropriate steps.