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How to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 10 in 8 reboots or less


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"Tick tock. Every second gets us closer to July 29. And every second gets us closer to the point when Windows 10 won't be a free upgrade. If you're still running XP, here's how to migrate quickly and easily, without tears."


Regardless of what you hear or see, or experience, these EZPZ types of articles can backfire and no results are guaranteed. But if you have an old boat anchor XP machine, and it meets the minimum requirements for RAM and storage the article outlines, and it is not your main machine, and you have backed up all your important data from it. Then this article may be for you!


I have one older machine from the XP days I kept and was going to turn it into a Linux box, but it is still in the closet of one day when I get a Round Tuit projects that I think I will at least plug in and see what happens. If it meets the minimums I will use my last Windows 8 license to try it. After the 29th of this month it won't be worth anything anyway. No free upgrade to 10 and any new computers and tablets and phones I buy will come with 10 for computers or mobile phones.


We are talking a lot of online bandwidth here too so unless you have a couple of days to play, and enjoy these kinds of challenges, and can accept it if it goes bust, well here you are from ZDNet.




"Everyone in the Windows world is sitting on a bit of a time bomb: On July 29, Windows 10 upgrades cease to be free. Let's be clear. While some of you die-hards might not want to move off of Windows XP, that OS is no longer safe to run on the internet. So, unless you intend to keep your machine offline, it's worth considering an upgrade.


For many of you, particularly those with older machines running older versions of Windows, if you haven't upgraded yet, you're probably not going to pay for an upgrade later. So that gives you just about two weeks to get it together and do the upgrade now, while it's still free.


For those running Windows 7 or Windows 8, the upgrade is straightforward. Heck, it's impossible to ignore. Microsoft has gone out of its way to make upgrading to Windows 10 easy. Some might call it nagging, but let's not quibble.


In my case, I had a few machines sitting in my garage that still had Windows XP on them (and one with, I kid you not, Vista). There were a few reasons I decided to do the upgrades. First, of course, I write about this stuff. But I often press old machines into service for some project or another.


Then, there's the good-deed side of things. I sometimes bump into people in my community who desperately need a computer. If I can hand-me-down something that's growing weeds in my garage, but would be a true help to someone else, why not? That said, while I don't mind giving someone an old, slow machine, I will not give them an unsafe one. That means moving to Windows 10.


Another reason is that newer versions of Windows have been able to breathe new life into these old machines. Both Windows 8 and Windows 10 run on old hardware really nicely. In fact, some folks have reported that newer OS versions actually increase the performance of those old machines.


Pre-game preparation


Before you start to gather the materials and supplies you'll need to do the upgrade, you should make sure your machine can actually run Windows 10.


Here's a helpful guide on what you'll need to do, including links to the Microsoft compatibility checker. The key, I found, was to make sure you have at least 1GB of RAM for a 32-bit upgrade or 2GB for a 64-bit upgrade.


Getting started, what you'll need"


The rest of the article, with links and screenshots, lists all the things you'll need, as well as links to other ways to do the same thing perhaps in a way you are more familiar with doing, here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-migrate-from-windows-xp-to-windows-10-in-8-reboots-or-less/?ftag=TRE17cfd61&bhid=19724681974700635514865380622813

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