Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need to know before watching this course, part of Migrating from Windows 8 and 8.1 to Windows 10.
- Here's what you need to know if you're planning to upgrade from Windows 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10. First of all, this upgrade is somewhat different from all previous Windows upgrades. It is a free upgrade if you have a legitimate copy of Windows 8 or 8.1, but the upgrade happens via Windows Update. If you're using Windows 8, you'll first need to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Then, if your version of Windows 8.1 has been updated to the most recent Windows 8.1 update, the "Get Windows" app icon will appear in the bottom right corner of your desktop environment in the notification area automatically, waiting for you to click and upgrade to Windows 10.
If you don't see the "Get Windows" app icon down there, it's probably because your computer is not compatible or you don't have the latest Windows 8.1 update installed. So, before you can upgrade to Windows 10, you want to ensure your computer meets the system requirements we discussed in the previous movie, and run Windows Update to ensure you have the most recent updates installed. Now, when your computer is ready for the upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade you receive will depend on the version of Windows 8.1 you have.
For example, you'll receive Windows 10 Home Edition if you're upgrading from Windows 8.1. If you're upgrading from Windows 8.1 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro for Students, you'll get the Windows 10 Pro upgrade. And, once you have Windows 10 up and running, you might notice you're missing some of the things you liked about Windows 8 or 8.1. For example, the Media Center has been removed in Windows 10 so if you're using it in Windows 8 or 8.1 as your home entertainment hub, you might be disappointed upgrading to Windows 10.
So, if your Windows 8 or 8.1 computer is Windows 10 compatible, and is up to date with Windows Updates, and you've decided you want to upgrade to Windows 10, it's time. There are some pre-installation tasks you should complete, however, to be prepared for a smooth upgrade. We'll explore these in the next chapter.