Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, so this page is dedicated to the free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. You read that right, this upgrade is still free! If you still have to make the switch to Windows 10, this information will help you do that successfully.
From January 14, 2020, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 7. If you are still using Windows 7, you may have received the message below. Although this message can still be ignored, it is advisable to switch to a newer operating system before January 14.
Note: The upgrade procedure described in this article also applies to the free upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. Although Windows 8.1 is still supported, my advice is to also upgrade this because Windows 10, in my opinion, is a significant improvement.
- 0.1 Why Is It Wise To Stop Using Windows 7
- 0.2 Is The Hardware Suitable For Windows 10?
- 0.3 Free Upgrade To Windows 10
- 1 Upgrading From Windows 7 to Windows 10
- 2 What If The Free Upgrade Does Not Work For You?
Why Is It Wise To Stop Using Windows 7
Although Windows 7 still works well after January 14, the security risks will gradually increase. Complex software almost always contains undiscovered errors that can potentially be exploited. As long as the product is still supported, newly discovered errors are often repaired quickly. However, this ‘repair service’ expires from the moment the support stops. And that causes a lot of safety risks. Windows 7 is quite similar to Windows 10, under the hood, so there is a good chance that the security loopholes found in Windows 10 are also present in Windows 7. This makes it fairly easy for malicious parties to abuse it.
In short: if you are using a Windows 7 installation (connected to the internet) then you are advised to switch to a more modern operating system. This can be done by upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free, or by buying a new PC.
Is The Hardware Suitable For Windows 10?
Although Microsoft had indicated when Windows 10 was introduced that upgrading computers equipped with Windows 7 (and Windows 8) should go smoothly, the hardware requirements have since been increased. Some hardware is no longer supported. If the hardware does not meet the requirements of the new operating system, then it may happen that functions are simply switched off (for example, if the graphic card is not powerful enough, then many graphic effects are switched off).
While a considerable speed gain can be achieved By installing Windows 10 on a faster SSD drive and by installing RAM. Still, my advice is not to spend too much money on older computers. You can better spend that money on a new Windows 10 computer.
Free Upgrade To Windows 10
There are two ways to perform the free upgrade to Windows 10. Starting the setup from an activated Windows 7 (so that personal files, settings, and installed programs can be preserved) or performing a clean installation outside of Windows 7. Upgrading from Windows 7 is preferable to a clean installation, since the risk of activation problems is smaller.
There are two upgrade versions: Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro. The version to be installed depends on the already installed Windows version: Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium can be upgraded free of charge to Windows 10 Home and Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 10 Pro. No free upgrade option is available for Windows 7 Enterprise users. If they too want to upgrade their Windows 7 computer to Windows 10, they must buy a Windows 10 license.
Upgrading From Windows 7 to Windows 10
There are two methods to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10. From Windows 7 or outside of Windows 7. If you want to keep your personal files, settings and installed programs and not run any activation risks, choose the upgrade from Windows 7.
Before You Start The Upgrade
Before you get started, it is wise to first back up all personal files and settings, because something can always go wrong! It is also useful to make a note of the product code associated with the installed Windows 7 version. This is usually stated on the license sticker (see the back of the computer).
If the sticker is no longer present, the product code can be retrieved with a tool such as ProduKey. Then check that Windows 7 is fully up-to-date (via the control panel, section Windows Update). Continue only if no new updates are offered after a restart of Windows 7.
To limit the risks of compatibility and upgrade problems, it is also wise to first remove all unused and unnecessary software (via the control panel, Programs, and components section).
In any case, remove installed security software, ‘tweak and clean’ tools. These cause more problems than they solve. The security of Windows 10 is now just as good as many paid virus scanners, so an alternative scanner is no longer necessary (certainly not for home use).
Perform a disk cleanup to free up as much disk space as possible. This will prevent the installation from taking an unnecessarily long time or even getting stuck due to lack of space (10-20 GB of space is quickly needed). It is also wise to temporarily disconnect connected hardware (such as printers, scanners, memory sticks, etc.) to avoid as many upgrade risks as possible.
Download Installation Files
It is now time to download the installation files. Open the Microsoft upgrade page ( https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 ) and download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.
Agree to the license terms and then click the Update this PC now button to download, verify and prepare the setup files so that the upgrade to Windows 10 can be performed.
Start The Installation
Before the installation is started, a number of screens will appear. Once the hardware has been checked and additional updates have been downloaded, license conditions must be accepted again. By default, personal files and installed apps (including settings) are retained.
The Windows 10 update is started as soon as you click on the Install button. During the installation process, the computer will be restarted several times. The complete installation can take up to an hour. The installation time depends, among other things, on the speed of the computer, the number of apps to be transferred and the available disk space.
Do not interrupt this process and wait quietly, even if the computer screen shows no progress. As long as the disk activity light flickers occasionally, the installation process is still ongoing.
Go Through The Setup
If you are asked during the setup how to set up Windows 10, choose Set for personal use. At the end of the setup, a large number of questions about the privacy settings are asked. It is not wise to activate all the suggested functions without hesitation! In case of doubt, choose the bottom option for each question, which gives the best protection in terms of privacy (the options can always be switched on afterward).
The old Windows 7 installation is automatically rolled back if a problem arises during the update process. If the upgrade to Windows 10 has been successful but you still want to return to Windows 7 for some reason, you can also do this manually via Settings, Updating and security, under System Restore.
It is advised to do that within 10 days because then the recovery files in the C:\ Windows.old folder will be automatically deleted! If you immediately need more free disk space, then this folder can also be deleted manually.
Despite all precautions, if you are unable to create Windows 10 with the home-made installation medium, try an alternative installation (download: https://download.microsoft.com/ download / 0/1/6 / 01677C03-1D89 -49FD-B49B-87B0F36B00D1 / Windows10Upgrade24074.exe ). Experience shows that this version gives fewer problems.
What If The Free Upgrade Does Not Work For You?
If you own a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system, the above method should work for you. If for some reason you are unable to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7, you can do so using the Microsoft Toolkit.
The Microsoft Toolkit by KMS Activator is a great software tool to activate not only Windows 10 but also Microsoft Office Software. It does not include any harmful malware or any other malicious software. It offers 100% guaranteed activation without any hassles.