Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8

In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10. When you don’t want to lose your existing programs, documents, and settings, you can choose to upgrade the version of Windows. Upgrading to Windows 10 is even easier than previous versions of Windows. You won’t need to provide much details. And if you want to install a clean copy of Windows 10 on your PC, you can also do that.

SEE ALSO: How to Upgrade your PC to Windows 11?

System Requirements for Windows 10

Now let’s see what hardware you should have in order to upgrade to Windows 10. Well, nothing much is required. You should have the following hardware on your PC.

  • Processor: 1 Gigahertz (GHz) or faster.
  • RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit Windows
  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit and 20 GB or more for 64-bit.
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver.
  • You will also need a Windows 10 installation USB or DVD. You may also need to download Windows 10 ISO if you haven’t already.

NOTE: Your Windows 7 or Windows 8 must be already activated. Otherwise, you might be prompted for entering a valid key for Windows 10.

Upgrade Your Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10

Step 1: Run Windows 10 Setup

Insert Windows 10 installation media (USB or DVD) into your PC and open it. It should automatically launch the setup. If it doesn’t, open it by double-clicking on it.

Insert installation Media into Your PC and open it
Insert Windows 10 installation media and open it

After opening the installation media, click on the setup.exe application to launch the Windows 10 setup and start the upgrade process. You may see the User Account Control Prompt, click Yes to continue.

Launch the Setup.exe file
Double-click the setup.exe to start Windows 10 Upgrade

Step 2: Accept the License Terms

Windows 10 Setup will prepare Windows files for upgrading. Then, the Windows 10 setup will launch. Click Next to proceed.

Click Next To Continue Installation Of Windows 10
Click Next

Next, you will see the Windows 10 license agreement. Click on Accept to accept the license terms and upgrade your Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10.

Click Accept To Accept The License Agreement
Click Accept to accept the License Agreement

Step 3: Upgrading to Windows 10

Next, you will see what will be kept. During the upgrade process, all your apps (which are supported), personal files, and settings will be kept. You can also click on the Change what to keep link to change current settings. When you are ready, click on Install.

Click On Install To Upgrade Your Windows 7 To Windows 10
Click on Install

Windows 10 installation will start. You can see the progress on the screen. Once it reaches 100%, your computer will restart.

Windows 10 installation Started
Windows 10 Upgrade Started

After the restart, Windows 10 will start updating all programs and settings and get them ready for the new operating system. This process may take some time and your computer will restart several times during this process. You can have a cup of coffee in the meantime.

Windows 10 working on updates
Windows 10 Upgrade in progress

Step 4: Log in to Windows 10 and Configure Privacy Settings

You have now successfully upgraded your Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10. Click anywhere on the screen or press any key to see the Windows 10 login screen. Here, login using your credentials of Windows 7 or 8.

Login To Upgraded Windows 10 With Existing Credentials
Login to Windows 10 with existing credentials

After successful login, Windows 10 will prepare your user profile. This might take a few minutes. After your profile is ready, you will see options to configure your Windows 10 Privacy Settings. Read and configure privacy settings and click Accept.

Configure Privacy Settings For Upgraded Windows 10
Configure Privacy Settings for Windows 10

SEE ALSO: How to improve privacy on Windows 10?

Step 5: Windows 10 Desktop

You have successfully upgraded your Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10. Now, you will see Windows 10 Desktop. You can now enjoy your new and latest Windows 10. We suggest you run the Windows update to get the latest security and feature updates for your Windows 10.

Windows 10 Clean Install Successfully Installed
Windows 10 Desktop

Upgrade your Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10

The above tutorial explained, how you can upgrade your existing Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10. But, you need to make sure that your existing Windows 7 or 8 is already activated otherwise you will be prompted for the license key during the upgrade process. Well, we suggest you install the latest versions of your programs.

Hope you liked the above tutorial. You can also downgrade your Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8 within 30 days period from the date of upgrade. Should you face a problem, feel free to comment down below. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest tutorials directly into your inbox.

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