Windows 10 is here, and so far, it seems to be the best version of Windows operating system yet. Good thing is that Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users can upgrade it free of cost, at least for the first 12 months of release. If you’re here, you clearly haven’t upgraded to the latest version of Windows. Is it because you’re not sure how you’re supposed to do that? It’s okay as we’ve got you covered. Just follow this guide to upgrade to Windows 10.
1. Check if your Computer is Eligible for Windows 10 Upgrade or Not
Microsoft has set certain rules for free upgrades according to which only the users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 can upgrade their operating system. Other users will have to pay for getting the last official version of Windows operating system, or purchase Windows 10, which is a pretty expensive alternative. If you are not aware of the OS you are running on your desktop, laptop or tablet, then you may want to visit Microsoft help. Also, it is important that you have an administrator account. This means that you cannot upgrade your device at your workplace, as the IT department has probably granted you limited privileges on your system.
2. Save Your Data
If your device is eligible for the upgrade, then you must create a backup. Save all your files on an external hard drive in order to avoid loss of data. This is a precautionary measure, as Windows may lose all your important data during the process in case something seriously goes wrong.
3. Update the Current Version of Your Device
Update the current operating system of your device in order to make sure it is ready for the upgrade. Only the operating systems with latest updates can be upgraded to Windows 10. Most of the people keep automatic updates switched on. If you are one of those people, then you don’t need to worry. However, it’s always safe to double-check. Here’
- If you are using Windows 7, then go to Start>Control Panel>System and Security>Windows Update to check if all the updates have been done.
- Users to Windows 8 and 8.1 may follow these steps: Start>PC Settings>Update and recovery>Windows Update.
Your device may take time to download and install the updates, so remain patient.
4. Wait for the Windows 10 Updates
After the completion of all the updates, your device will automatically show a Windows icon in the taskbar. It is a sign that your device is ready for the upgrade. Click on the icon and follow the instructions in order to let Microsoft know that you are interested in upgrading your device to the latest Windows operating system. You may mention your email address, but it is optional. Congratulations, you have successfully sent a request for upgrade to the Microsoft. The tech giant may take several days to a month in giving you an option to upgrade to the latest version of Windows, as a large number of people are already in queue. You will receive a notification when your turn comes up. Until then, be patient.
Note: The aforementioned process is for only those users running a genuine copy of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1.