The current version of Microsoft Windows is Windows 10 TH2 and Office 2016 or its subscription model Office 365 which gives you Microsoft Office and 1 TB OneDrive Storage.
There are Windows 10 Insider pre-release Test versions of Microsoft Windows 10 RS1 and Office 2016 Insider Preview for advanced users.
YouTube Playlist – Windows 10 TH2
Windows 10 TH2 OEM and Retail (UEFI BIOS with Note on Legacy BIOS)
YouTube Playlist – Windows Vista → Windows 10 TH2 Free Upgrade
Details on upgrading to Windows 10 TH2 for a Windows Vista OEM and Windows XP OEM license using the Unofficial Windows 10130 Insider Preview Upgrade Path.
Written Guides – Windows 10 TH2
Before Upgrading to Windows 10 make sure your system has the latest BIOS Update installed otherwise the update may fail:
Previous generations of Windows are Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 and these have a Free Upgrade path to Windows 10. The Upgrade is not available for Windows XP/Windows Vista users but there is an unofficial way to upgrade for free.
- Windows 7/8.1 → Windows 10 Upgrade Install and Rollback (Clean Install Recommended – See Below)
- Windows XP/Vista → Windows 10 Insider 10130 → Windows 10 Pro (Unofficial Free Upgrade Path)
Download Windows 10 and Clean Install
Windows 10 will work best on a Clean Install.
- Download Windows 10 Retail and OEM .iso, Make Windows 10 Installation Media and Clean Install
- A Clean Reinstall of Windows 10 – Extended Guide
Downloading Microsoft Office
For information about Microsoft Office see:
Other Recommended Microsoft Software
- Windows 10, Enabling Microsoft .Net Framework
- Download Microsoft Mathematics (Free)
- Windows Live Movie Maker and Windows Photo Gallery (Free)
Backing up your Windows Installation
4 guides are listed under this category because some may want OEM Recovery Media which Restore to Factory Settings and others may want to make an Image of their Windows Boot Drive and Restore from it. As Windows 1o TH1, Windows 8.1, Windows 8 ,Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP Factory Settings may all be considered obsolete and Microsoft have made Windows 10 TH2 Installation Media Downloadable A Clean Install with this installation media is recommended. Once the drivers are installed a Macrium Reflect Image on an External Hard Drive should be made.
Acronis and Macrium Reflect allow the creation of a Full Backup of your Windows Boot Drive. This is a complete snapshot of your system at the moment in time the snapshot was made. Although both carry out a similar function the free edition of Macrium Reflect has a superior user-interface and is not locked to a hard drive vendor making it the most recommended utility for backing up your Windows Installation. Use of these utilities to Restore may prevent one from Restoring to Factory Settings.
- Backing up your Windows Installation using Macrium Reflect (UEFI BIOS)
- Backing Up your Windows Installation Using Acronis (UEFI BIOS)
Dell Backup and Recovery (previously Dell DataSafe Local Backup) comes preinstalled on every Dell system shipped with Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 OEM. It is recommended to update this to the latest version to make OEM Recovery Media so one may a Bootable USB which Restores to Factory Settings.
- Dell Backup and Recovery/Alienware Respawn (Factory Image) [Windows 10 OEM Factory Preinstall]
Dell Backup and Recovery looks for an OEM Recovery Partition which resides on the Windows Boot Drive (Factory Installed). If Dell Backup and Recovery cannot find this (Clean Install) it will create a pseudo factory image that is a complete snapshot of your system at the moment in time the snapshot was made. This snapshot will create a pseudo Recovery Partition which can be used to make pseudo Recovery Media. Otherwise the Free version cannot make a complete snapshot of your system at the moment in time the snapshot was made.
- Dell Backup and Recovery/Alienware Respawn (Pseudo Factory Image) [Windows 10 Clean Install]
This isn’t Recommended for a Factory Image – Restoring from the Factory OEM Recovery Partition will be broken.
Checking what Drivers Apply to my System, How to Identify Variants and Driver Installation Order
- Checking Hardware IDs in the Device Manager in Windows 10
- Driver Installation Order Windows 10
- Updating the BIOS
- Updating the Firmware of a Solid State Drive or Hard Drive
SATA Preinstallation Drivers:
Downloading System Drivers
Additional Notes for Unofficial/Advanced Driver Installation/Uninstallation
- Driver Installation via the Device Manager
- The Microsoft Update Catalog
- Uninstalling a Device in the Device Manager in Windows Vista, 7 and 8
- Disable USB 3.0 Functionality
- Function Keys
- Onboard LAN Controller
- SATA Operation
- UEFI/Secure Boot Disable
- Hardware Upgrades for your System
Software/Hardware Maintenance and Upgrades
Basic Software Maintenance Including Basic Security
- CCleaner and Defraggler
- Malwarebytes’ AntiMalware
- Recovering a Hijacked Internet Explorer
- Uninstall McAfee and the McAfee Removal Tool
I’m not a big believer in most other software optimisation programs/registry cleaners. If the above solutions don’t fix your problem, I recommend carrying out Data Recovery and Securely Wiping with Diskpart and Clean Reinstalling Windows.