Windows 10 Upgrade Guide

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Upgrade Path

The following table details the upgrade path from each Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 edition to a Windows 10 edition.

From Edition Upgrade Options Qualifies for free upgrade? To Edition
Get Windows 10 app Media Creation Tool USB/DVD Media
Windows 7 Starter No Yes Yes Yes Windows 10
Windows 7 Starter (SP1) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows 7 Home Basic No Yes Yes Yes
Windows 7 Home Basic (SP1) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows 7 Home Premium No Yes Yes Yes
Windows 7 Home Premium (SP1) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows 8 No Yes Yes Yes
Windows 8.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows 7 Professional No Yes Yes Yes Windows 10 Pro
Windows 7 Professional (SP1) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows 7 Ultimate No Yes Yes Yes
Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows 8 Pro No Yes Yes Yes
Windows 8.1 Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows 7 Enterprise No No Yes No Windows 10 Enterprise
Windows 7 Enterprise (SP1) No No Yes No
Windows 8 Enterprise No No Yes No
Windows 8.1 Enterprise No No Yes No

In an effort to move as many of its existing customers away from previous versions of Windows and onto its new Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft is providing a free upgrade to Windows 10 for the first 12-months. All retail editions of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 qualify for Microsoft’s free upgrade offer to Windows 10, valid through until 29th July 2016.

Volume License editions of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 do not qualify for the free upgrade. Enterprise customers with active Software Assurance subscriptions have separate arrangements for upgrading to Windows 10 outside of this offer.


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3 comments

    1. Hi Paul!

      Thanks for your comment. I’ll try to clarify this better in both my Upgrade and Install guides.

      There is actually a way of doing a clean install and still qualify for the free upgrade, but only when upgrading from media (i.e. not from the Get Windows 10 app). At the very last screen Ready to install before you initiate the Windows 10 upgrade, there is a Change what to keep link. If you click this link, and then select Nothing, you end up with an activated clean installation rather than an upgrade.

      Windows 10 Setup: Change what to keep

      I’m not sure many people know about this!?

      Kind Regards,
      Chris.

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