How to Successfully Install the Windows 10 Free Upgrade
NEWS ANALYSIS: My upgrade to Windows 10 was surprisingly painless, but there are a few things to keep in mind as you go through the installation routine.My opportunity to take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 happened when I least expected it. I had retired to an undisclosed location to work on my perpetually unfinished novel. By Saturday afternoon I'd entered the advanced stages of procrastination, but Microsoft came to my rescue. A window opened in the lower right corner of my screen announcing that my Windows 10 upgrade was ready. "You're good to go!" the message said. So, I did what any procrastinating writer would do, and clicked on the message. Thus began my trip down the path to the Microsoft Promised Land as I fired off the upgrade. Actually, the first thing I did was answer a few questions, including whether I wanted to perform the upgrade immediately, or if I wanted to schedule it for some time later. I also told the upgrade app that I didn't want to do a clean install. If I'd chosen a clean install, then the Windows 10 installation would have started without saving my applications and settings, but most of my data would still stored on the machine.
Then I told the upgrade app that it should go ahead and do the deed. Microsoft warns you that the upgrade will take a while. Even though some of the upgrade files will have already been pre-positioned on your computer, there's still a lot of data, and there's a lot for the software to do, all while running on whatever hardware you're using.