How to prepare your PC for Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

Microsoft is about to release the Windows 10 Spring Update: here's what to do on your computer not to be found unprepared

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update is almost ready to debut: in a few days Microsoft will start the official release for all users. Before it arrives on all PCs it will take a couple of months, but in the meantime you need to be ready.

The Windows 10 Spring Update won't bring big changes to the operating system: there will be some updates to improve Windows Defender; Timeline, a tool that will allow users to continue writing a document using different devices, will be released; and an attempt will be made to increase the number of Microsoft Edge users by integrating new features to the browser. Although Windows 10 Spring Creators Update won't bring any major new features, you should take precautions and prepare your computer for the update.

Backing up your files

Before doing a major update of any operating system, it's always a good idea to back up the files on your hard drive in case something goes wrong during the installation. On Windows 10, you can make the backup directly using the tool that is present by default on the operating system. You need to go into Settings, click on "Update and Security" and then Backup. Here you will be able to choose whether to back up to a physical drive (external hard drive, USB stick) or to a cloud space.

Clearing space on your hard drive

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update shouldn't take up much space on your hard drive, but if it's completely full we will have trouble completing the installation. The update can be used as a good excuse to do a little spring cleaning of the PC's hard drive, removing all the files we consider unnecessary.

Disconnect the peripherals you don't need

To facilitate the installation of the update you should disconnect all the peripherals from the PC. Only the keyboard and the mouse should remain connected to the desktop computer, and nothing to the notebook. Everything else should be disconnected: printer, scanner and external hard drives. In this way, the installation of the update will be carried out without any problem. If you have problems with device recognition after the update is complete, you will have to install the device drivers.

Temporarily Disable Antivirus

In addition to the devices, the antivirus may also cause problems when updating the operating system. For this reason, it is necessary to disable it for the duration of the installation. Going into Settings, you'll have to click on "Update and Security" and then Windows Security. When you open the Windows Defender Security Center, you will have to temporarily disable control over installed apps and programs. You should do the same with the installed antivirus.