The Windows 8 operating system has had a lot of positive reviews. It has a host of new features not found in previous versions, such as:
- The new task manager–The new Task Manager is more polished, presenting information in a more visually appealing way. Microsoft has enhanced familiar tabs such as Processes and Performance to include more detail.
- Windows to go–Windows to Go lets you store an entire Windows 8 environment on a bootable USB thumb drive or other removable media.
- Better Security– Windows 8 introduces some security tricks to help protect data.
- Touchscreen interface
Frankly, it helps your IT manager sleep a lot better at night ;)
Besides functionality it also supports a business owner’s social media messaging. For instance:
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In this post we highlighted the most basic ways to transition. Save the harder stuff for your IT guy :) So…if you’re ready to upgrade, there are several steps you should take to make certain it goes smoothly:
1. Do the Research
The first thing you’ll want to check before upgrading may seem obvious. Make sure your computer can run efficiently on Windows 8. A machine must have the following requirements to be able to run Windows 8:
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB of hard-drive space
- A 1GHz processor.
These are the same requirements as Windows 7. So if you are already running Windows 7, there is no need to check.
2. Don’t Forget Those Backups
Before starting the upgrade, make sure that all of your important files are protected. You can either store your files in a cloud service, an external hard drive or a server. This will protect your most important files in case disaster strikes during the upgrade.
3. Setup utility
To make sure your computer will support Windows 8, Microsoft provides a setup utility that searches your computer for the appropriate elements. This is important, particularly if you are running Windows XP as Microsoft will stop supporting XP in 2014.
After you upgrade, you’re going to need to reinstall all of your drivers and software. So you will need all of your installation disks. This may seem like a hassle, but the new features of Windows 8 are worth it and in the long run you will be glad you made the upgrade.
4. Make Sure It Works With Your Scanner
Find out what kind of Windows 8 support you can get for your scanner before you upgrade. The main thing you will have to focus on will be for drivers . PC Mag goes into way more depth about this point (don’t worry just find your scanner and read that paragraph)
Do you know any other tips small business owners can use to transition to Window 8? Let us know in the comments.