Whether you upgrade from XP or buy a new PC that's already running Windows 10, there are plenty of reasons why you should - not least that XP is no longer supported and could be vulnerable to hackers and viruses. As we said at the start, it's not possible to do an 'in-place' upgrade as you can with Windows 7 and 8.Essentially, you have to wipe your hard disk and start from scratch.Not doing your homework can turn an upgrade into your worst nightmare.
Before you begin you will need to copy everything you want to keep to an external hard drive, USB flash drive or a cloud storage service such as Dropbox or One Drive.
As we often say, you'd be surprised at how much your computer appears to speed up when you install Windows fresh.
Starting from a clean hard disk means there's no build-up of programs that start with Windows, slowing it down and using up precious memory. Solid-state drives are much, much faster than traditional hard disks and can give a new lease of life to a PC you thought was destined for the scrap heap.
There's no guarantee that all your programs will be compatible with the new version of Windows, nor your old peripherals - specifically printers and scanners.
It's worth checking online to see if there's any information about their compatibility with Windows 10.