The Windows 8 operating system has had a lot of positive reviews. It has a lot of features that were not found in previous versions. So if you are ready to upgrade, there are several steps you should take to make certain it goes smoothly. An article recently written by Smallbiz Technology goes into a lot of detail, but we have chosen a few of the most critical and shared them below.

Do the Research

The first thing you’ll want to check before upgrading may seem obvious. Make sure your computer can run efficiently on Windows 8. A machine must have the following requirements to be able 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.

Backups

Before starting the upgrade, make sure that all of your important files are protected. 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.

Setup utility

To make sure your computer will support Windows 8, Microsoft provides a setup utility that searches your computer for the appropriate 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.

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