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Test Windows 10 Compatibility On A System With A Bootable Version

Most Windows users know about the Get Windows 10 app that installs on both Windows 7 and 8.1 as an update. Initially, it was meant to help you reserve a copy of Windows 10 and then later it would help you upgrade. The app did one other thing; it allowed you to check your system for compatibility with Windows 10. The apps on your system and the hardware were all checked to see if they would run smoothly on Windows 10. Systems that were given the all-clear by the app still experienced trouble once they were upgraded to Windows 10. If you’re still on the fence about the upgrade, use a portable version of Windows 10 to see how well the system handles it. Here’s how.

You will need;

  • A USB drive with at least 8 GB free space. Windows 10 will be run from this drive so make sure you have nothing else on it.
  • The Windows Media Creation tool from Microsoft – Download here.
  • WintoUSB – Download here
  • How to boot into the BIOS of your system

Step 1: Download the Windows Media Creation tool and run it. When it asks if you want to upgrade the current PC or create installation media for a different system, choose the latter option. Allow it to download the Windows 10 ISO image. This will take some time to complete.


Step 2: After the Windows 10 ISO has been downloaded, open WintoUSB and turn your USB drive into a bootable Windows 10 drive.

Step 3: Shut down and restart your system. Don’t allow it to boot to the current Windows installation. Instead go into your BIOS settings and set the first boot device to be a USB drive. Save the changes and turn the system Off.

Step 4: Plug in the USB you installed Windows 10 on, and turn your system on. It will detect the USB drive and boot into Windows 10. Go through the initial set-up steps and soon you will end up at the desktop. It will then start to download drivers. Allow it to do so.

Step 5: Once the drivers, videos ones mostly, have finished downloading go to the Device Manager and check if there are any yellow alert badges on a device. This will indicate problems with device drivers that didn’t download automatically. Try to download and install the missing drivers manually. If you’re able to get the drivers you need and the alert badges are all resolved, your system will work fine with Windows 10.

It’s worth mentioning that you will not be able to activate this version of Windows 10 and long term usage isn’t going to be possible. This is meant simply to test how well the hardware of a system plays with the new OS.

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