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Upgrading Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 – The Actual Process

Upgrading Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 – The Actual Process

For me, the actual process to upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 was very simple.

Performing this type of upgrade may expose you to potential problems if there are issues along the way. This can be serious for anyone working from home who uses one computer when working from home most of the time.

You need to ensure that you have a backup plan should the upgrade prove unsuccessful and that your data etc is correctly backed up and that you can restore your data, etc successfully if required. Better to have and not need, than to need and not have is a famous motto to follow.


For me, this process was very simple. I just wanted to explain the process to you, so that if you are also doing it, that my experience may align your expectations with what may also happen to you.

I hope for you that the process is simple and trouble free.

For me I had just brought a new laptop that came with Windows 8.1 and I was entitled to Windows 10 free of charge. My old trusty laptop needed to be replaced and it was using Windows Vista. So I was going to be learning how to use Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, so I decided to just go for it. This meant that the process was likely to be simple and trouble free.

This may not be the case for you. As you may know, performing upgrades especially major upgrades on ‘old’ equipment may mean that that ‘old’ equipment is not going to be up to the task. For instance, memory, disk space, all applicable drivers and all applicable actual hardware does need to be up to a certain spec. Some software may no longer work after an operating system upgrade.

“Update to Windows 10” icon displayed

My laptop running Windows 8.1 displayed an “Upgrade to Windows 10” icon near the bottom right of my screen. When I clicked on that icon, I was presented with some information screens.

I reviewed the contents of some of them. There was a FAQ page that I found very useful. Somewhere in the information I reviewed, it said that it involved a 3 GB background download. OK I could live with that.

You should confirm the size of the download yourself it this is important to you, because I may have misunderstood the information or it may no longer be the case that it is a 3 GB background download. The size of the download can be especially important depending on how you are connected to the internet and the connection that your computer is using. And if the 3 GB background download has to be performed more than once.

Proceed with the upgrade

I took the option to proceed with the upgrade. The message displayed on the screen said that this request was added to a queue and that I was to expect a notification. This would be sometime after the download was complete and when my laptop would be ready to proceed with the actual upgrade, which was indicated to me may take around an hour to complete.

It was hinted that it may take days or weeks before this notification would be provided.

Download counter went up by around 3 GB

Over the rest of that evening I noticed that my download counter went up about 3 GB and then it stayed there.

Hey, where’s the notification?

There was no notification and as it was after midnight it was time to be somewhere else. 🙂

When I logged unto my laptop the following day (Sunday), there was still no notification. I clicked on the “upgrade to Windows 10” icon, and it advised me in a nutshell to wait for the notification.

When I logged unto my laptop the following day (Monday), there was still no notification. I assumed that demand must be heavy and continued on with other stuff.

When I logged unto my laptop the following day (Tuesday), there was a notification. I assume that the process needed some additional files before it could actually proceed with the actual upgrade.

The actual upgrade to Windows 10

I completed some other work on my laptop first, and then proceeded with working on the upgrade.

The information indicated that the laptop would restart a number of times.

I let it do its thing. At about the 15 minute mark, I noticed that the screen showed a circle, which also showed the estimated amount of work done and the remain amount of work to do in percentage terms, so it looked to be on track for about an hour.

About an hour later I went to my laptop and it was ready for me to complete some personal preference settings before it could finalize things. A few minutes later, my laptop displayed the new Windows 10 start-up screen.

I now have Windows 10 installed and operating on my laptop.

I hope your experience of upgrading to Windows 10 is also painless and trouble free.

If you need technical help, you will need to go to your Windows 10 provider for that help. After all, that is why they are there. 🙂


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