Software giant Microsoft is capturing a greater share of the operating system market thanks to its generous offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10. Many computer users in Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville, have probably taken advantage of this free upgrade offer, but some of them may have already reverted to a previous Windows version due to performance issues.

What Makes Windows 10 Run Slowly?

The first thing you should know about Windows 10 is that Microsoft designed it as a next-generation operating system, which means that it is intended to power certain hardware configurations.

The minimum system requirements for Windows 10 include a 1 gigahertz processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of disk space. If these are not the minimum specs of your desktop, laptop or tablet, you probably did not get an offer to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

Even if your system meets the requirements, there are certain situations that will make your Windows 10 installation run very slow after the free upgrade. At PC Performance Pros in Victorville, we have noticed that desktops and laptops that were running slow before the upgrade are the most likely to suffer from performance issues with Windows 10.

Prepare Your System for Windows 10

It is important to understand that Windows 10 is an operating system that is highly dependent on disk performance. If the upgrade takes place in a system that is already burdened with malware and registry issues that date back years, there is a good chance that a transition to Windows 10 may not be the best idea, at least not without taking measures to improve the system prior to the upgrade.

In some cases, having only 16 GB of hard drive space for the Windows 10 installer could become a problem in terms of performance. A good strategy is to use the Windows Media Creation Tool and choosing the Custom Installation option. In some cases, the hard disk partition scheme may not be the best for Windows 10, which may require reformatting.

One of the best things you can do prior to upgrading to Windows 10 is to think about upgrading your computer. When was the last time you checked the health of your hard drive? Will it be able to handle the minimum paging file size and the disk caching requirements of Windows 10? Can you move some files to external storage or to the cloud to make some space? Can your system use more RAM?

If you have questions about upgrading to Windows 10, please contact PC Performance Pros today.