Have old PCs sitting around? Why and how to upgrade them to Windows Ten now, ZDNet

Spil the deadline ending Microsoft’s free giveaway of Windows Ten upgrades looms closer, it’s significant to take stock of your hardware. Do you have forgotten hardware that should be upgraded?

By David Gewirtz for DIY-IT | May 16, 2018 — 12:05 GMT (05:05 PDT) | Topic: Hardware

How many leftover PCs do you have sitting around ter closets, on shelves, and ter the form of virtual machines? Te my case, I found three mini PCs, a duo of laptops, a netbook, and four towers that are sitting on shelves te the garage.

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Here’s the next question: how many of them have you upgraded to Windows Ten? Yeah, I know. If you’re like mij, you toevluchthaven’t upgraded any of them and you’re not even sure what version of Windows those old machines are running.

I know I have a pile of XP machines, one Vista machine, and a entire bunch of either Windows 7 or Windows 8 machines, not counting all my VMs (which are mostly Windows 7).

While I’m not now using those machines, there’s always the chance I’ll want to waterput one back te service. For example, some low-end 3D printers and CNC machines require a PC to drive them. Rather than dedicating an active laptop, I’m much more likely to dig into my storehouse of old machines and press one of them into service.

I undoubtedly don’t want to be running XP on anything. I’ve found moving to Windows Ten to be generally harmless and actually makes older machines perform better. Plus, given that the free Windows Ten upgrades are expiring ter July, it makes sense to budge thesis machines to Windows Ten now.

There are some issues. Very first, there’s no ensure thesis old boxes will be compatible with Windows Ten. It’s a good idea to run the Windows Ten compatibility checker to find out if Windows Ten will work.

That brings mij to one other punt. There is no free upgrade path to Windows Ten from XP or Vista. To upgrade to Windows Ten from a machine running XP or Vista, you either have to buy an actual copy of Windows Ten (te which case, you might spil well just keep the old boxes sitting ter their bins ter the garage) or very first upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

That, too, might be complicated. It’s particularly difficult to get a Windows 7 install disk from Microsoft. The good(ish) news is you can buy copies of Windows 7 from Amazon and eBay ranging from about $50 to about $80, which is still cheaper than buying Windows Ten directly from Microsoft — albeit, admittedly, a lotsbestemming more work.

I have a ton of old licenses, so I’m not going that route. I’ll simply upgrade each machine to Windows 7 or Windows 8 (for those that need upgrading) and then run the Windows Ten upgrader.

Ultimately, I would advise you not to connect your XP machines to your network. While you’re most likely safe, I have seen how polluted with malware Windows XP can get, so I’m actually going to both keep my remaining XP machines off the network until I’ve upgraded to at least Windows 7.

I’m even going to power down my router te case any of the machines attempts to tapkast into the network via WiFi. It’s a petite price to pay to make sure the network stays safe.

What about you? How many old machines do you have sitting around that should be upgraded to Windows Ten?

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