How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Windows 7 has served as an operating system for so many PC users, but Microsoft no longer supports this version of the operating system. Although Microsoft offers businesses the option to purchase extended support through 2023, upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is cheaper and easier.

As of January 2020, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7. We recommend upgrading to Windows 10 using the instructions below to continue receiving security updates and technical support.

If your computer is relatively new, you can probably upgrade to Windows 10 without too much trouble. However, if your PC was manufactured around the time Windows 7 was introduced, it may not meet the technical requirements.

Microsoft has published the minimum system requirements for your computer to run on Windows 10.

Meeting the requirements only means that Windows 10 will work on your system and not necessarily perform well.

If you still have a Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 product key, you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Just download the Windows Media Creation Tool to get started.

Download Microsoft’s Windows Media Creation Tool and select Run. You must be logged in as an administrator to do this.

On the license terms page, select Accept.

Select Update this PC now, and then select Next.

The tool will guide you through setting up Windows 10.

All versions of Windows 10 are available for download except for the Enterprise Edition. Depending on your system, choose the 32-bit or 64-bit version.

Before you install, review your software choices and the files or programs you want to keep. During the upgrade, choose between transferring personal data and apps, only personal files, or nothing.

Save and close open applications and files that you can run. When you’re done, select Install.

Do not turn off your PC during Windows 10 installation; Your PC restarts several times.

After the Windows 10 installation is complete, enter your Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 product key when prompted.

Buy Windows 10 directly

If you don’t have a Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 product key, you can still purchase Windows 10 directly from Microsoft. Windows 10 basic is $139, Windows 10 Pro starts at $199.99, and Windows 10 Pro for workstations is $309. Most PC users only need Windows 10 Basic or Pro for their devices.

Other ways to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

If your entire PC needs an update, all new Microsoft PCs come with Windows 10 as the default operating system. For $150-$500 you can get a brand new computer with Windows 10 at no extra cost.

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