How to Upgrade to Windows 10

By SWAT Systems

How to Upgrade to Windows 10

If you are ready to make the upgrade to Windows 10 (free upgrade until July 29th, 2016), here are some instructions to help guide you along. The entire process is pretty straightforward. Microsoft embraced much more of Apple’s clean, simple and intuitive approach to the design and implementation when they designed Windows 10.

Please note that although Windows 10 is fairly stable now, there are many software companies that are only pushing out “Windows 10 compatibility” updates to their latest software. If you are on a previous generation software (e.g. Office 2007, Quickbooks 2009), you may experience several bugs or issues using that software on your new operating system. Never hesitate to ask SWAT to do an assessment of your computer software to make sure you are Windows 10 ready and will not be locked out of your programs after the upgrade.

Lastly, for those of you who are interested, here are Microsoft’s requirements for Windows 10. Your computer should meet these requirements before beginning the upgrade process. Again, someone at SWAT can assist you with determining whether you do or don’t.

  • Minimum physical requirements: At least 1GHz CPU, 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB of RAM (64-bit), 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB of open hard drive space (64-bit) and a DirectX 9-capable video card with WDDM driver.
  • It is required to currently be running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.
  • Must be running the latest version of your operating system.
    To update Windows 7, go to:
    Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update.
    To update Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, go to:
    Start > PC Settings > Update and recovery > Windows Update.

Once you have completed these requirement you are ready for your upgrade!

Start the Upgrade Process

  1. Go to the Windows 10 download page. At the top of the page, you will see a button that says Upgrade now. Click this button to download the Windows 10 download client.
  2. Double-click the Windows 10 download client to run it. A User Account Control (UAC) window will pop up asking if you want to allow this program to make changes to your computer; click OK to proceed. If you are asked to enter a password, it would be best to contact SWAT or a manager at this point, as administrator rights are required.
  3. The client will download Windows 10 and walk you through the setup process. The process could take up to an hour and your device will restart several times while you are setting up Windows 10.
  4. After several restarts, you will be presented with a log in screen. Log in with your current credentials and wait a few more minutes while your computer sets up your desktop.

Congratulations! Your computer has been successfully upgraded! If after a few days you realize you absolutely hate Windows 10, no sweat - you have 30 days to roll back to your previous version of Windows. (Send an email to and we will work on getting you back to your initial Windows OS). Otherwise, enjoy your new set up and explore all of the bells and whistles that come with Windows 10 such as multiple desktops, handy tools for multitaskers, and a familiar Start menu that the Windows 7 users will enjoy!

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