How to prepare your PC for Windows 10 Redstone 4 update

Windows 10 version 1803
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Microsoft is tight-lipped on the
release date of Windows 10 Spring Creators Update and
according to the reports,
the next version of Windows 10 has been delayed. It’s
likely that Microsoft will push the update to the public in the
coming weeks, but you can always prepare your PC for the
update regardless of the release date.

A while ago Microsoft in a blog post explained that the company
prefers rollout in stages over the traditional method. This
approach has helped Microsoft reduce the compatibility issues
on some Windows PCs. Microsoft wants to collect feedback
from the first waves of systems getting the update and on the
basis of the data, the company holds or releases the update to
more users. Microsoft also addresses the reported compatibility
issues and bugs to provide a smoother upgrade process.

While Microsoft remained tight-lipped on the reason for this
decision, it’s believed that a blocking bug has delayed the
release. You can
upgrade your PC to Windows 10 version 1803 by joining the
Windows Insider program, however, Microsoft has always
recommended users to avoid the Insider builds on primary PCs
due to the driver compatibility issues and bugs, so it’s better
to wait.

Regardless of what you decide, it’s important to make sure
that your PC is ready for a big upgrade as we’re very close to
the public release of next Windows 10 update.

Preparing your PC for new Windows 10 update

Assuming that your PC is up-to-date and running the latest Fall
Creators Update, you should really not bother about the minimum
system requirements as nothing has changed.

Backup, backup and backup!

Backup in Windows 10

While the Windows 10 upgrades are reversible and we have not
come across any data loss case, but better safe than sorry. You
can use the inbuilt backup utility to backup your personal
files, apps, and settings, so in case if anything goes wrong,
you can restore your data in a couple of hours.

Disable security utilities

The outdated antivirus solutions could be troublesome for users
who upgrade to new Windows 10 version due to compatibility.
It’s recommended to temporarily disable the security software
and reenable them after upgrading the PC.

Make sure the programs are up-to-date, especially the drivers

It is always recommended to update the old programs such as web
browsers before upgrading the PC. If an app is not up to date,
it could conflict with the upgrade process, resulting in loss
of data stored in the app.

If your PC has outdated drivers, it’s tough to predict how it
will behave after installing the newest version of Windows
10. Microsoft has always recommended the users to keep the
drivers, firmware and antivirus solutions up-to-date. Make sure
that your hardware such as the touchpad, webcam is up to date
with the latest drivers and firmware.

Nvidia, for example, releases new drivers and firmware update
before the rollout of any version of Windows. Use the update as
an opportunity to make sure all of your drivers are up to date.

On a side note, it might be a good idea to download the latest
version of the network drivers and store it somewhere, as in
some rare cases your system might boot without network
connectivity and no way to reinstall the drivers as your it
would be offline.

Free space, clean up the junk for smooth performance

Storage in Windows 10

If you are running short of storage, it’s recommended to clean
up the junk and make sure that at least 16GB of storage is
available for the PC to upgrade safely. It’s not only about the
storage, cleaning up the junk will also improve the overall
performance of the system.

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