Windows 8 has already made a splash in the tech world. The new operating system from Microsoft looks significantly different than any system that came before. The reviews so far have been mostly kind. And as a business owner, you’re ready to upgrade to the new system. You only hope the transition goes smoothly. Fortunately, you can follow a number of strategies, covered in a recent post on the Smallbiz Technology website, to ensure that your move to Windows 8 is a painless one relatively.
Do the Research
Before upgrading to Windows 8, make sure that your computer can effectively run the new operating system. Machines need 1GB of RAM, 16GB of hard-drive space, and a 1GHz processor to run Windows 8. If you’re already running Windows 7 on your computer, don’t worry. Microsoft lists the same specs for both operating systems.
Having secure backups of your most essential data is a good idea for many reasons. Who knows what could happen. It is especially important to back-up your data before endeavoring to upgrade your systems. You can transfer your data to an external hard drive or you can use a secure cloud service that many MSPs (Managed Services Provider) offer. Using a secure cloud can be more affordable and more secure as you can lose or damage an external hard drive. But no matter what path you take, this is one of the most important steps to make sure you do not lose all of your data if something goes wrong during the upgrading process.
Microsoft has provided a setup utility that searches your computer to show you whether or not it will support Windows 8. If the computers are using XP, this can be particularly important as Microsoft will stop providing support for XP in 2014. If you are moving to Windows 8 you are going to need to reinstall your software and drivers. Ideally you have kept all of the installation disks. This may seem like an overwhelming task, but the added features of Windows 8 could improve your efficiency enough to make it worth it. Just be sure that you follow the steps above before trying the upgrade yourself.