Windows 10 Upgrade Guide

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Prerequisites

All editions of Windows 7 can be in-place upgraded to Windows 10. However, only retail editions of Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 installed will receive the Get Windows 10 app delivered via Windows Update. Alternatively, Windows 7 computers with or without Service Pack 1 installed can be upgraded to Windows 10 using the Media Creation Tool or directly from USB/DVD Media.

Before upgrading to Windows 10, it is recommended that you install all the available important Windows Updates. This will ensure a smooth upgrade process.

Genuine Microsoft Software

The free upgrade offer to Windows 10 is only available to genuine copies of Windows 7. Perform the following steps to determine if your copy of Windows 7 is genuine.

  1. From the Start Menu, select Control Panel > System and Security > System. The View basic information about your computer window will be displayed.
    Windows 7 System Properties

    Windows 7 System Properties

    At the bottom of the window, under Windows activation, the status should appear as:

    Windows is activated

    A blue logo with the words ask for genuine Microsoft® software should be present.

    Ask for genuine Microsoft® software

  2. Close the System Properties window.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1

If you want to use the Get Windows 10 app to download and upgrade to Windows 10, you will first need to have Windows 7 Service Pack 1 installed.

Learn how to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (KB976932)
Windows Update

Check for the latest Windows Update packages for your computer. In particular, you want ensure the KB3035583 update, which is the Get Windows 10 app for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 computers, has been installed.

  1. From the Start Menu, select All Programs > Windows Update. The Check for updates for your computer window will be displayed.
    Check for updates for your computer

    Check for updates for your computer

  2. Click Check for updates. The Checking for updates window will be displayed.
    Checking for updates

    Checking for updates

    When Windows Update has finished checking for available updates, the Download and install updates for your computer window will be displayed.

    Download and install updates for your computer

    Download and install updates for your computer

  3. It is recommended that you select all the available important updates, and then click Install updates. Windows Update will download and install the selected updates. When Windows Update has finished installing the updates, the Updates were successfully installed window will be displayed.
    Updates were successfully installed

    Updates were successfully installed

  4. If you are prompted to restart your computer, then do so now. Otherwise, you may close Windows Update.
Microsoft released Windows 7 on 22nd October 2009. At it’s peak in 2015, Windows 7 had captured some 61% of the desktop operating system market share.

Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 on 14th January 2020.

As of July 2015, the month Windows 10 was released, Windows 7 had 60.75% of the desktop operating system market share.


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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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