10 Things to Do Before Upgrading Windows to New Version


Windows users often encounter many problems after upgrading to new version or installing a major update. This article contains some guides that will help you to avoid these problems.

Recently, Microsoft has released fall creators update. Some users have already got this update and facing some common errors like windows hello missing, blue screen of death, etc. In the past, We saw that millions of users encountered various problem after upgrading their Windows 7 or 8 to 10. In fact, It is normal. Because many older PCs are not fully compatible with the modern operating systems. However, You can do a few things before installing a major update or new windows to reduce the possibility of facing some common problem.

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Essential Things to do Before Upgrading Windows to a New Version:

If we look at the problems that users face after installing new windows or update, we can easily get which things we could do before proceeding to new windows build. Anyway, I recommend you to do following things if you have the plan to upgrade.

1. Take System Image Backup

For security reason, this should be the first thing you should do. There are many ways to take a system image backup. You can use a built-in tool or any third-party tools to do it. If you plan to use third-party tools, you can consider AOMEI Backupper. However, I suggest you use the built-in backup system that comes with windows.

2. Check System Compatibility with Latest Windows Build

First of all, You should check the system requirements of latest windows. Then, Make sure your computer meets all the requirements. Visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-specifications to know the latest Windows 10 system requirements. However, All popular manufacturers provide compatible device list on their websites for specific Windows versions. You should check these list. However, Here are the links for popular brands that will help you to know if your computer is compatible with latest windows build or not.

  1. Asus
  2. Acer
  3. Dell
  4. HP
  5. Lenovo
  6. Samsung
  7. Toshiba

3. Ensure Windows Installation Drive (C) has Enough Disk Space

Often people encounter low disk space problem in local disk C. You can use windows disk cleanup to delete all junk files and also uninstall the unnecessary software. If you are windows 10 user, moving OneDrive folder to another partition may save a lot of space. However, Do all necessary things to free up enough disk space for windows upgrade.

4. Update All Drivers to Latest Version

Before installing any major windows update or upgrading windows to the new version, you should make sure all of the installed drivers are up to date. Because often users face various problems due to driver incompatibility. Read: How to Update Drivers in Windows

However, There is a third-party tool called Driver Booster which can update all of your drivers without any issue. You can use it.

5. Disable Security Programs

In many cases, Antivirus or firewall hinders major windows update. So, Before upgrading windows, you should disable these programs.

6. Fix System Files Problems

Windows update/upgrade may not go smoothly if there is a problem with some windows system files. So, You should ensure everything is fine. To do it, run those commands as administrator.


  • At first, Open Start Menu, type cmd, right click on Command Prompt and choose Run as Administrator.
  • Now, Type sfc /scannow and hit enter. It may take a few minutes to 1 or 2 hours to complete the process. However, You will need to wait until it finishes this task. It will fix corrupted system files.
  • However, I also suggest you run those commands.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

These commands will ensure that windows upgrade process is getting a smooth environment.

7. Reset Update Components

If it is a major windows update like creators update or anniversary update, you should make sure that the update components are OK. To ensure it, you should reset these components.

8. Disconnect External USB Devices

Experts often suggest disconnecting external USB devices except Mouse and Keyboard when you are going to upgrade your operating system.

9. Make Sure Laptop or UPS is Fully Charged

When the installation process is in middle state, the system should not lose electricity. It may cause damage to your computer. So, You should make sure that your laptop or desktop UPS is fully charged.

10. Disable Third-Party Background Services

You also should disable all third-party background services. Because they may cause problem during the installation process of major update. To do it, perform clean boot.

After doing these things, It is safe to install major windows update or new windows. I hope these tips will help you. However, If you have any other idea, feel free to share in the comment box.


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