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[Tips] Five Things You Need to Do Before Windows 10 Update

Updated on Apr 22, 2019 by Tracy King to Backup and Recovery

Are you clear about what should you do before starting the Windows upgrade process? This page offers you a brief but complete guide about what to do when you want to install a new Windows update of Windows 10, Windows 8/7 and even older Windows OS. If you need a tutorial guide, follow-on and see what you can do for the Windows OS upgrade now.

Things need to do before Windows update.

Guideline: This page offers a detailed guide for fully prepare your PC ready for installing the latest Windows update such as Windows 10(1607), Creators (1703), Fall Creators (1709), April Update (1803), October Update (1809) and Windows 8.1/8/7. 

Follow on and do the five things listed below to do the preparation job for Windows update now:

1. Create a recovery drive for Windows
2. Backup your data
3. Make sure the system has enough disk space
4. Decide whether to upgrade or clean install new Windows update
5. Keep Windows product key and your Microsoft account

1. Create a Recovery Drive for Windows Update

The first thing that you should do before Windows update is to create a Windows recovery drive on your PC. It can be a USB drive or a bootable CD/DVD.  
The Windows recovery drive can help you quickly restore the Windows system to a secure state when you meet a problem while upgrading the Operating System. 

Here are the steps:
Step 1. Insert your USB flash drive with ample free space on it to the computer.

Step 2. Search Create a recovery drive in the search box. Click the option and open it.

Create recovery drive.

Step 3. Check the box "Back up system files to the recovery drive" and click Next.

Create recovery drive before Windows update.

  1. Step 4. Wait until the wizard prepares to copy files to your flash drive.
  2. Step 5. Select your USB flash drive and click Next.
  3. Step 6. Confirm the warning message that "everything on the drive will be deleted. If you have any personal files on this drive, make sure you've backed up the files" and click Create.
  4. Step 7. When the final message "The recovery drive is ready" appears, click Finish.

If you a Windows 7 or Windows 8 user, you can also follow the guidelines above to create a recovery drive.
If you prefer to create a system image rather than a recovery drive to backup everything, please refer to create a system image on a USB drive for help.

2. Backup Your Data 

Many users had experienced file loss or file deletion error while installing the new Windows 10 update. And the same problem occurred to the latest Windows 10 October 2018 update users again. 

It’s highly necessary to create a backup of essential data and valuable files on your PC to an external storage device before Windows 10 or other Windows OS update.

Instead of copying and pasting files one by one to an external storage device, smart backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup is what you need.

It allows you to back up specific files or a whole disk partition data with below simple steps:

Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "File Backup".

choose file backup

Step 2. On the "File Backup" window, you can choose almost every type of files from many directories via the "User Defined" mode, but it's even faster using the "File Type" mode when you only back up some specific file types such as documents, pictures, videos, music and so on. So, use the proper way to choose the target files you want to backup.

choose files you want to backup

Then add the plan name or text description to the file backup and then choose a backup location.

To backup files to an external hard drive, click "Browse..." in the "Destination" area.
Expand the "Computer" and choose the external hard drive you've correctly connected to the computer. Click "OK".

choose external hard drive to backup files

Also, if you're interested in getting more backup features, go and find them by clicking "Schedule", "Image-reserve strategy" and "Backup options".

schedule file backup

Step 3. After settings were all made, click "Proceed".

3. Make Sure the System Has Enough Disk Space

Sometimes, users may meet Windows update failure error when their system drive doesn’t have enough space for installing new Windows OS. 

To guarantee a smooth Windows update process, it also matters a lot to make sure that your system drive has enough disk space. 
Please refer to extend system C drive for a tutorial help if you don’t know how to do so. 

Plus: If you have unallocated space right behind your system C drive, you can also use Disk Management to increase the system drive space.

4. Decide Whether to Upgrade or Clean Install New Windows Update

Mostly, the latest cumulative Windows update will be available for you to check in Settings > Update & security > Windows Update.

Check and decide how to install Windows update.

  • If you check there, you’ll be able to figure out how would like to install new Windows update - to install this update automatically or to download it from Microsoft website and perform a clean install.
  • If a new update is available in Windows Update, you can directly click Restart PC or Install Now to install the new OS.
  • If nothing shows up, you can either choose to wait for the mass rollout or download the new update from Microsoft and perform a clean install of Windows 10/8/7. 

5. Keep Windows Product Key and Your Microsoft Account

When you find the right way about how to install a new Windows update on your PC, don’t hurry. 
You still have one more thing to prepare, which is to find and keep your Windows product key or the Microsoft account and password.

When you finish installing Windows OS, the system will prompt you with an activation window, requiring for a re-activation with your product key or Microsoft account.

If you don't have the key, purchase a new one or contact the Microsoft support team for help.