If you’re still holding onto Windows 7, you really need to upgrade your PC to Windows 10 now. Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7 and upgrading to Windows 10 will ensure that your PC is safe from security threats like viruses and malware.
Microsoft once had a free upgrade process to Windows 10, but, unfortunately, it has ended. However, there are still a few ways that you can upgrade your Windows 7 PC to Windows 10. In this guide, we’ll help you get the latest and greatest operating system from Microsoft, all while keeping your PC safe and secure.
Step 1: Buy a Windows 10 license
The first step in this process is buying a Windows 10 license. As Windows 7 users can no longer upgrade to
Currently, you can buy Windows 10 ProfessionalYou also can This is a nice option if you’re budget conscious and don’t need features like Windows Sandbox or Bitlocker.
Step 2: Create a USB installer for a clean install, or choose to upgrade with the Windows 10 Media Creation tool
If you’re choosing to buy Windows 10 through Microsoft, you’ll notice two options. You can download the operating system to your machine as an ISO file, or you also can choose the USB option. If going with this USB option, you will have a copy of
The download option, meanwhile, lets you create an installation media on a CD or USB on your own so you can completely erase your hard drive and “clean-install” and upgrade to Windows 10. You also can also double click the ISO file to mount it and open the Setup.exe file in the folder to proceed. However, if you choose to have an install USB is delivered, you can still do the same, as we’ll describe later.
We actually have a separate guide that explains how you can do that “Clean-Install.” Basically, once the media is created, you’ll be able to tweak your BIOS settings so you can boot from the installer, and follow its step by step guide.
However, regardless of which way you buy, you’ll likely get a product key in an email. If you’re interested in just upgrading your existing Windows 7 installation without having to erase, then continue on to the next step. This is a much simpler process and is a lot more foolproof.
Otherwise, follow our linked guide above.
Step 3: Download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool or open Setup.exe from your USB
The simplest method of upgrading to Windows 10 is to download and open the
Click that option and follow through the prompts. If you’ve obtained the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from Microsoft online, it will need to download
Either way, you’ll see a few prompts. One prompt will let you know about problematic apps or services that might conflict with Windows 10. It’s up to you to address these issues.
At some point, you also might need to put in the product key that was emailed to you. Depending on your situation, it might not show up at all. But in most cases, you’ll need to input the key, if it’s not automatically pulled from your Windows 7 machine.
Step 4: Wait while your PC upgrades, and then check for driver conflicts
Now that you’ve entered your product key, you can just sit back while your PC upgrades. A typical upgrade will take roughly an hour, depending on your CPU speed and how old your PC is.
When it is finished, you might want to head into Device Manager in Windows 10 and make sure your hardware is being read properly by the new operating system. You can do this by right-clicking the Windows Logo and choosing Device Manager. Click through each of the categories, and if you see anything with a yellow (!) then right-click it, and choose the Update Driver option. Windows will then search the internet for the right driver, and attempt to install it. If you’re noticing too many missing drivers, then your PC might not be compatible with
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