Windows XP isn’t extinct and many people across the globe are running the Microsoft dated OS. In case you happen to be the one among such users and feel it’s about time for an upgrade, look no further, as in this post we will guide you how to upgrade your PC or a laptop to latest Windows 10 OS.
First thing first, there are no free lunches for Windows XP users i.e. no free update to Windows 10. You have to spend few bucks for buying the license.
The second annoying thing (for some at least) is the requirement of a clean install. This means you can’t simply update to Windows 10 and keep your files and settings in tact. Not a limitation of Windows 10 but XP. In fact, Windows 7 users too need to perform the complete wipe and start again.
Cost associated with the upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 10
Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Professional is required for versions older than Windows 7 and non-genuine Windows versions. There are two variants of Windows 10: Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional. The Home edition cost Rs.7,999 ($119.99) while the Professional one comes at Rs.14,999 ($199.99). One can opt to download or a USB.
You can also buy the Windows license from other third-party sellers like Amazon for better deals.
Now, before buying a license, it’s a good thing to note if your PC is capable of running the Windows 10 or not. The minimum requirements aren’t too demanding so even an old machine will fulfill those but it’s always better to ensure first and then proceed further.
Why should you upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 10
It’s not a rare question and you can confirm this with google. The first and foremost reason is the performance boost. Whenever you do a clean install, there is no pile of unnecessary startup programs slowing the PC down along with taking precious hard disk space.
Also, Windows XP is pretty old and Microsoft has already dropped the support for personal PCs running the dated OS. So, it’s better to jump the ship and stay secured.
In case you are booting a seven-year-old PC, we would recommend you buying a new PC altogether instead of buying the Windows 10 License.
How to update Windows XP to Windows 10
Before proceeding with the install, we would recommend you backing up all the necessary data on an external hard-drive. There’s no assurance that all your programs will be compatible with the new version of Windows, nor your old peripherals – specifically printers and scanners – so it’s worth checking online to see if there’s any information about their compatibility with Windows 10.
Once everything is done, run the installation disc or USB and follow the on-screen instructions to get Windows 10 up and running on your PC.
In case you have questions or queries regarding the upgrade processor, post them in the comments section below.