It won’t be long before Windows 7 or 8.1 users will be able receive a free upgrade of the latest Windows 10.
Of course, if you’ve already made a reservation, your turn will come to download the new operating system at no cost whatsoever.
Just in case you’re wondering, there’s a lot to love about Windows 10 since there’s not only an interface revamp but also under-the-hood tweaks that are worth upgrading for.
Still, it’s best to take precautions before you do so in order to ensure a seamless transition between the two.
Here are 3 tips that will help you do so quite easily:
1: Backup Your Data
Before you upgrade, get a local backup done if your data is already uploaded to OneDrive or another cloud service. Of course, it’s good to have three copies: offsite and local backup and one backup on your system.
2: Acquaint Yourself With Windows 10
Those who begin using Windows 10 will see that there are a lot of features that resemble Windows 7. Of course, one familiar one is the Start screen. However, there are new ones such as Task View, the Edge browser, the Cortana personal assistant, modern Office, windowed modern UI apps. Last but not the least, Windows Hello, if you’ve got the right hardware.
3: Learn the Shortcuts
At first glance, the new shortcuts on Windows 10 isn’t very different from Windows 7. A number of them are still the same with one example being Windows key + E to open File Explorer. However, there are a few new additions such closing new virtual desktops, snapping with Windows 10 Quadrants while also working with Task View. There are also new trackpad gestures that have also been added that are very similar to what you would find on a Mac.