Hands On: Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft’s free upgrade offer to Windows 10 expiresFriday(July 29), so we decided it was time to stop the procrastinating and get our Lenovo ThinkPad upgraded from Windows 8.1

The upgrade process wasn’t difficult but it did take an hour and a half to complete.

The first portion of the process, the download and installation of the software, took about 40 minutes and we were still able to use the computer normally during that period.

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The rest of the time was spent on the actual upgrade, and the computer wasn’t usable during that portion.

The laptop we upgraded was a Lenovo Y410p—a gaming-oriented computer—and after the upgrade we weren’t able to get the game League of Legends to run. So, it’s clear that app compatibility can be an issue for Windows 10 upgrades.

Microsoft is offering free upgrades to Windows 10 throughFridayto Windows Pro or Home users whose devices are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.