How to Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1 free (Guide)

By | 28 February, 2018

Windows 10 is the most recent version of the operating system from Microsoft. Officially it was released in 2015 and was initially offered free of charge to legitimate users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. This new version combines features from those two previous installments to suit the users in a better way for both desktop/laptop computers as well as mobile devices.

The most notable change in Windows 10 is that Microsoft replaced the Start screen tiles from Windows 8, and brought back the Start Menu. They also removed the vertica toolbars (or “charms”) that appeared from the sides of the screen. These changes make this Windows version easier to use for users of both desktop/laptops and mobile devices.

There are two approaches you can take for installing Windows 10 in your computer: Upgrade or a Clean Install. Typically, when you upgrade your operating system, all your documents and applications remain unchanged, whereas with a clean install you would be starting again from scratch. But one important thing to verify first is if your computer has the necessary hardware to support Windows 10.

System Requirements
Although most computers nowadays probably have the necessary requirements for Windows 10. It will certainly be useful to know them in case you want to upgrade from an older system.
The main requirements are:

  • A processor (CPU) with a clock rate of at least 1GHz.
  • At least 1 to 2GB of memory (RAM), but Microsoft recommends 4GB.
  • At least 16GB space in your hard disk

One important thing to note is that the installation process itself will verify your computer hardware and let you know if it qualifies for a Windows 10 upgrade or not. If not, then you will need to upgrade your hardware.

How to Upgrade to Windows 10

If your computer qualifies for a Windows 10 upgrade, then you can follow these steps to perform the upgrade:

Step 1: Download media creation tool.

Step 2:  Launch the Download Tool.

The update tool will find the right version of Windows, you need to upgrade. It determines if the current version of Windows you are 32-bit or 64-bit, and updates you the same version.

  1. Running the Upgrade Installer

Click select Upgrade this PC Now to begin the upgrade process, and click the “Next” button. The tool start downloading the file to install Windows 10. The only time depends on the speed of your Internet connection.

2. Click Accept and the installer will do a last update check before kicking you over to the final confirmation page. Wait again as the software checks for updates. You may want to walk away, as this also takes several minutes.

3. Click the Install button to get started with the installation . In addition, you can click “Change what to keep” link specify what you want to keep during the update process.

During the update process, your computer will restart a few times when the installer works

4. Here it will show us the username it is setting up on the computer. Select the Next button

5. The Get going fast screen provides us with an overview of the express settings. To use the default settings we will select Use Express settings

6. New apps for the new Windows. This screen provides an overview of some of the new “Windows 10 universal apps” included. Select the Next button, The computer will say “finalizing your settings”.

When setup finishes we will get to the Windows 10 lockscreen. Windows upgrade has been completed.

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