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Windows 10 Upgrade Guide

In an article I posted back in June, I advised not upgrading to Windows 10 at the time. Nine months have gone by since then, and Microsoft has released a lot of patches and fixed a bunch of bugs.

With the offer to upgrade to Windows 10 ending in 4 months, if you have any interest in moving to Windows 10 now is the time to do so. Below you’ll find the extensive guide to all things Windows 10 upgrade:

How much longer will Windows 10 be available for free?
The offer to upgrade to Windows 10 for free will end July 29th, 2016.

Who’s eligible for the free upgrade?
Anyone running the latest version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is eligible.

What do I need to do before I upgrade?

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    Be sure to run the compatibility test to make sure there will be no hardware or software issues. For instructions you can click here.
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    If you run any proprietary software that is important to your business you’ll want to call their technical support to make sure there are no issues with Windows 10.
  • 3
    Backup your important files just in case an issue comes up with the upgrade.

How do I upgrade?
The easiest way to upgrade is to use the Windows 10 app in the lower right hand corner of your desktop. If you do not have the app you can click this link to troubleshoot.

Can I go back to my old operating system?

Yes. For the first month you can roll back to your original operating system. If you don’t see the option in Windows 10, you can use the recovery media that came with your PC.

How can I make the Windows 10 notifications disappear?

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    Right-click (or press and hold) the Taskbar, and then select Properties.
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    On the Taskbar tab, select Customize… for the Notification area.
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    In the Notification Area Icons window, for the GWX (Get Windows 10) icon, select Hide icon and notifications.

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