Upgrading to Windows 10

Windows 10 is free for those who have a genuine version of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. It will typically appear as a Microsoft Update.

Windows 10 Upgrade

If you are considering upgrading to Windows 10, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. If you are UNH faculty and staff and use Enterprise Applications, check the Enterprise Technology Services' Compatibility Matrix usnhgateway.org/images/ets_support_matrix.JPG
  2. While the hardware requirements for Windows 10 are essentially the same as Windows 7 or Windows 8.x, some hardware on older PCs might not be compatible. To test your hardware, click on the Get Windows 10 icon. It will do an initial analysis of your computer and report any potential issues.
  3. Backup all of your files before upgrading. Box is a great place to backup your files.
  4. If you don’t like Windows 10 after installing it, you can always restore your previous version of Windows. Go here for more info.
  5. Edge is the new default Microsoft web browser. You can still access Internet Explorer 11 by searching for it. Once located, you can pin it to your Start Menu.
  6. While you can work freely while Windows 10 downloads, once the install begins, you cannot. Installation times range from 20 minutes to two hours. Plan accordingly.

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