Robert Rodriguez

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Windows 10 Upgrade


Back in April, AMD’s President and CEO Lisa Su revealed that Windows 10 will launch at the end of July, which reminded me that I need to begin preparing for the Windows 10 upgrade on my home computer.

I’m actually looking forward to Windows 10, as I’ve heard that Microsoft has gone in the right direction with it. Plus, it will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, so why not upgrade if it’s free, brings new features, and makes computing easier and safer?

I’ve decided that with the Windows 10 upgrade, I will make some minor upgrades to my computer as well.

First, I will be adding a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB mSata SSD hard drive, or a Samsung 850 EVO 500GB mSata SSD hard drive to serve as the hard drive for Windows 10 Operating System. I did not realize that my Dell XPS 2710 (purchased in 2013) supported mSata.

Additionally, I want to replace the 1TB mechanical hard drive that came with the computer with a Samsung 850 EVO 1TB SATA3 SSD hard drive to serve as my data hard drive where programs and data will be stored.

Finally, I plan on upgrading the memory from 8GB to either 12GB or 16GB. Currently I have 2 x 4GB sticks, so I can either buy one 8GB stick and keep one 4GB stick, giving me 12GB, or buy two 8GB sticks for a total of 16GB. This will depend on the price when I go to buy the memory.

All together, I’m looking at approximately $500 USD to upgrade my computer. I don’t think that’s terribly expensive, as I’m saving on the OS and boosting performance and speed on my computer tremendously. This upgrade should give me another 3-4 years out of this computer.

Here’s the specifications of my computer as of today:

  • Dell XPS One 2710
  • 27″ Full High Definition (2560×1440) WLED Display with Webcam
  • 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz
  • 3rd Generation Intel Core™ i5-3450s processor
  • 1TB 7200RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M 2GB GDDR5
  • Windows 7 Professional

Through in the Surface 3 that I pre-ordered, and I think I’m golden for a few years when it comes to computing needs.



  • 2710 Owner |

    I upgraded to mSATA drive. I have the 2710 with i7. PLEASE NOTE: that the computer has two mSATA slots. Make if you are only installing one mSATA drive put it in the right slot. If you put it in the left slot your system will not recognize it. Also, don’t bother trying to migrate your OS just to a clean install.

    One issue, I have installed all the current updates but my system is not showing the “Reserve Windows 10” icon?? I am not sure why it not there and I can’t figure out how to reserve windows 10. If you figure it out let me know.