Microsoft was earlier offering free windows 10 upgrade program. But this was ended by the company in 2017. Now there will be some of you who may have missed out on this free offer. If you have been using Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1 version on your PC then you still have a chance to upgrade to version 10.
Steps For Windows 10 Upgrade – Installation Method
Here is a guide that will help you in the steps that are involved for completing Windows 10 upgrade for free.
You will first have to find the copy of your Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1. The reason for this is that you will need the product key in order to complete the process. Now there are chances that you do not have this key. Not to worry! There are chances that the key may be present on your system. Some free tools can be used to extract this key.
Now before you begin the process of upgrading you must take a back up of all the data on the PC. You must take this measure in order to avoid any loss of data at the time of upgrading the Windows version.
Next, you will have to create a Windows 10 installer. For this, you will have to go to the Microsoft website. You can follow the link https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10ISO/. Here you have to follow the instructions that are mentioned on the page.
On this page, you will be prompted to select the edition. Here you will have to select the Windows 10 version. You will have to also select the product language. In case you do not know which language you are currently using you can check the same from the control panel of your PC. If you plan to use the DVD then you will have to use ISO file and if you plan to use a USB device then choose USB flash drive. You will also have to select 32 or 64-bit version for the Windows.
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Now you have to insert the installation media. Next, you need to restart the PC. Once you have restarted the PC you have to click the F2 button. This is done in order to create the boot priority. Due to this the DVD or the USB flash drive will be allowed to run before booting into the operating system of the PC. Keep in mind that you have to select the DVD that is before HDD or SDD. It must be noted that this step will depend on the BIOS setup of the PC and it will be slightly different for different PC’s.
Once you have completed the above step you will have to reboot your PC once again. Restart your computer once again.
Now you will be prompted to enter the product key. Here you will have to enter the key that you had recovered in the earlier step. Now click on the Next tab. Continue the steps to complete the process.
Steps For Windows 10 Upgrade: Using Tool
In case you do not want to create installation media then there is another process that you can follow the Media creation tool method. Here are the steps for this procedure.
Here too you have to obtain the product key of Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1.
As in the earlier process here too you first need to take a back up of all your data.
Now you will need the media creation tool. This you download from the official website of Microsoft. Follow the steps mentioned on the website and download the media creation tool on your PC.
You now need to accept the terms and conditions and choose the option of upgrading the PC. You will be prompted to download the updates. It is always better to download all the updates. But in case you want to skip this then you can choose the option of Not Right Now.
In case you choose to install the updates then you have to follow the steps to get the updates. Just follow the instructions that you see on your PC. Finally, you will go to the Ready to Install screen. Here you have to click on the Change What to Keep option.
Now here you will get the option to keep the personal files and apps and also the option to keep nothing. It is up to you what you want to select. It is always better to keep the earlier files but if you want then you can completely remove the earlier Windows installation.
Finally, you will see a set of instructions that you need to follow. Once you complete the instructions then your upgrade process will be completed. For the activation, you will need the serial number of your Windows 7 or Windows 8.
What if the Product key of windows 7 or 8 does not work for the upgrade?
If this happens that first check if you have noted down the product key or the serial number correctly. If the product key is correct then you will have to reinstall the old windows version that is 7 or 8 whichever is applicable for your PC. Do a clean install and use the product key and finally activate windows. Once you have completed the above process then you will have to download the media creation tool and run the same with administrator access and follow the steps mentioned earlier in order to upgrade the OS to Windows 10.
If you are willing to spend to get the OS of your windows PC upgraded to Windows 10 then you will have to purchase the product key for Windows 10 and then download and install Windows 10 using the new paid product key. But those of you who do not want to spend money and want to upgrade to Windows 10 for free can try following the above methods.