According to Microsoft, it has been reported that Windows 10 has been already installed on over 200 million PCs worldwide. Here we are describing you the process to upgrade your Windows 7 or 8.1 to the latest version of Windows 10. Before upgrading, be sure to back up your photos and other data so that you can retrieve it anytime afterwards.
- Go to the download page of Microsoft’s Windows 10 and click on the button Download tool now. Saving the file is not needed. Select the option Run.
- You will see a window which reads What do you want to do? You will be given two options—Upgrade this PC now and Create the installation media for another PC. Select the first option. You cannot perform a clean install as a part of the free update as you don’t have the product key. Windows 10 will be automatically activated online after you upgrade it from a permitted copy of Windows 7 or 8.1.
- The Windows 10 download will start shortly afterwards. This process may take up to an hour depending on the speed of your internet.
- If you like to install Windows 10 on a separate PC or on multiple PCs, you need to create a bootable USB/DVD. Choose the option USB flash drive. Just make sure that you have a 4GB USB drive.
This is a much easier way to install Windows 10 rather than to deal with ISO files as the download tool does everything for you. Or else, you can choose the option ISO file if you want to convert the downloaded files to an ISO. Next, you need to choose the language and architecture to create a bootable drive (with both 32 and 64-bit versions). The most important part is that you need to choose the correct edition.
- You will be prompted to accept the license terms. The installer will scan your PC to check whether it is compatible with Windows 10 and that if it has enough space to download the updates.
- You will again be prompted to install Windows 10 and your PC will take a reboot. The Windows logo will flash on the screen. You need to select the language. Choose the option UK English. Windows 10 will automatically start installing. Apart from the security software (antivirus), it will keep all your files, programs and settings.
- You will be presented with the desktop of Windows 10. Give some time to Windows to search for the drivers (e.g. graphics card driver) which are there on your hardware. You are now ready to use Windows 10.