I changed the Windows 8.1 product key to a Windows 8 Pro product key and did the upgrade.I checked to make sure it was activated, and it did activate online.First thing we are going to do is make a backup image, so the less we have installed the smaller the backup image will be. Both these computers had micro SD slots so each one got a 32 GB micro SD card inserted. Of course you would use a USB flash drive or USB hard drive without micro SD capability. I created a folder on each card called E:\Drivers W8.Explore the image in Macrium Reflect after it is done and make sure it has all the partitions included in it. From an elevated ("run as administrator") command prompt I ran: dism /online /export-driver /destination: E:\Drivers W8 This exports all the drivers installed that are not native to Windows to the created folder. I wanted the stick computer to have Windows Pro on it because I want to be able to remote desktop into it.Those requirements are: You can also check to see if your machine is capable of running Windows 10 right from your desktop.You will need a computer or tablet running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 Update.In addition to an improved design and better functionality, Windows 10 marks the return of a real Start button.It also adds the Cortana voice assistant, the new Edge Web browser, Xbox game streaming, and more.
This article will guide you through the steps of checking for updates, backing up your personal information and creating an all important system image. Windows 10 requires the same minimum hardware requirements as Windows 7.
The update will be free for the first year for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users.
You can find out if you qualify for the free upgrade here.
I recently upgraded two brand new off the shelf "computers" to Windows 10 and a couple of precautions saved me a whole lot of time.
I say "computers" in quotes because one was a cheap 10" tablet from Wal Mart and the other is a cheap stick computer I am now using as a media player.