Install Windows 10 the easy way

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The release of a new version of Microsoft’s Windows OS is very big news indeed. With the worldwide roll-out now well underway, here are a few tips on how to get it up and running.

Windows 10 needs a PC or tablet with a 1GHz processor or upwards with 1GB of RAM. If you have a suitable device, you can join in and start using the new software.

How to upgrade

You must already be running either Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to do an upgrade, so Windows 8 users need to change up to Windows 8.1 first.

Automatic updates must be turned on under Control Panel > System > Automatic Updates.

You can then reserve your free upgrade by clicking on the Windows 10 app icon that appears in the bottom right side of the taskbar.

The operating system will be automatically downloaded onto your computer, and you will receive a notification from Microsoft when the download is complete.

You can start the installation process simply by clicking on the notification.

Queue jump

You don’t have to wait for Microsoft to get around to giving you the installation package; you also have the option of skipping the queue and downloading it directly.

First, make sure you’ve got at least 4GB data storage available whether you’re downloading to a USB stick, DVD, or external drive. When using the media creation tool to download Windows, you can select the 32-bit or 64-bit download.

You can then choose between upgrading or creating installation media, and you also have the option of saving the media to a bootable USB flash drive or ISO file.

After that, it’s a straightforward process of following the prompted steps to allow a system upgrade or a fresh install.

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