If you have a 64-bit capable machine, you may want to upgrade from 32-bit Windows to 64. Unfortunately, the upgrade, while quite possible, isn’t easy.
Upgrades and Migration
Unfortunately an upgrade isn’t always an upgrade, sometimes it’s a complete replacement.
It would be good to know if your computer can run Windows 10 before installation. Unfortunately, the techniques to find out have proven less than reliable. I have a recommendation.
Windows 10 is here. If, after trying it, you find yourself wanting to go back to Windows 7, there are a few approaches.
A clean install is going to get you a cleaner operating system.
What I’d do first is just try it. If that doesn’t work then we’ll have to dig a little deeper to find a solution for you.
Moving to a new operating system is rarely “seamless”. But if you go about it step by step you’ll end up with a stable system that will last for years.
You can put whatever you want on your new computer; it’s just a matter of transferring the data and organizing it!
When you reinstall an operating system it overwrites everything on your computer. If you didn’t backup a file, you are going to have a hard time finding it.
Think of your computer’s hard drive as a temporary solution for any files. It’s not a matter of if things will disappear, but when. Regular readers can guess what I’m going to say next…
The key is in understanding how a program is set up. If you had to run a setup wizard to install the program, then you will need to set it up again on a new drive.
You may want to switch to 64-bit just for the speed that comes from being able to use all of the RAM on your computer. Ultimately, it comes down to what you use your machine for and your own time and resources.
Installing a new operating system wipes the old files out with no path for reconstruction. I’ll give you three options for moving forward.
It’s hard to know what the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant is looking for when it gives an upgrade warning. It may be a serious problem, it may only be flagging incompatibility with other Windows 8 programs.
Transferring information from an old computer to a new one is a problem we all face every so often. I’ll touch on a couple of approaches, and then describe what I do, and recommend.