Windows 10 is officially launched and it’s already on its way to many people’s computers or devices. If you are eligible, you can go ahead and upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 computer or device to Windows 10, either by using the reservation app, or the Media Creation Tool offered by Microsoft. If you are not satisfied with how the reservation app works and the fact that it is slow to provide you with an upgrade, then the Media Creation Tool is your only chance of getting Windows 10.
Windows 10 system requirements
Firstly, you must check that your PC exceeds the system requirements. Mind you, if it doesn’t you’re obviously using something so ancient that you need a new PC anyway. If your PC ran Windows 8 without issue, it will definitely be OK for 10.
• 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
• RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
• Free hard disk space: 16 GB • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
•A Microsoft account and Internet access
If you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8, you should be able to see a small Windows icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen (in the system tray). This is the icon for the Get Windows 10 app icon – if you don’t see it, contact Microsoft.
How to upgrade to Windows 10 From Windows 7 and Windows 8
- Windows 10 is available to Windows 7 and Windows 8 users(IBTimes UK)
To confirm your reservation you can enter your email address, otherwise just hold on tight and at some point after 29 July, a Windows Update pop-up will ask if you want to download Windows 10.
- Microsoft estimates that it will take anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour to upgrade, depending on hardware specifications and internet connection, so make sure to take this into account when you download it.
- After 29 July, Microsoft will begin notifying eligible devices that haven’t already reserved Windows 10 that there is a free upgrade available.
- Microsoft has assured users that all applications, files and settings will migrate to the new operating system as part of the upgrade, though if you’re an early adopter it might be worth backing up all your files in case of any bugs.
- Some programs may need to be uninstalled before the upgrade can take place, though the Get Windows 10 app will guide you through this when the time comes.
- Having said all that, if you’re happy with Windows 7 and don’t feel the need to upgrade to Windows 10, Microsoft will be running extended support (security updates) for the older operating system until January 2020.
- Windows 8 users are less likely to want to stick with their operating system, however those that do will have mainstream support until January 2018, and extended support until January 2023.
If you upgrade your existing Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10 using this tool, then you can use the bootable USB drive or DVD or ISO created by this tool to perform clean installation of Windows 10. But if you don’t upgrade existing OS to Windows 10 and try to direct install Windows 10 using bootable USB drive or DVD, it’ll ask for Windows 10 product key which you’ll not have obviously.