Windows 10 Upgrade Guide

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Prerequisites

All editions of Windows 8 can be in-place upgraded to Windows 10. However, only retail editions of Windows 8 that are first updated to Windows 8.1 will receive the Get Windows 10 app delivered via Windows Update. Alternatively, Windows 8 computers 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 8. Perform the following steps to determine if your copy of Windows 8 is genuine.

  1. From the Task Bar, open File Explorer. The File Explorer window will be displayed.
    File Explorer: System Properties

    File Explorer: System Properties

  2. Perform each of the following actions:
    1. Select Computer from the navigation view on the left.
    2. Select Computer from the tool menu at the top of the window.
    3. Click System properties from the tool ribbon.

    The View basic information about your computer window will be displayed.

    System Properties: Windows is activated

    System Properties: Windows is activated

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

    Windows is activated

  3. Close the System Properties window.
Windows 8.1 Update

If you wish to use the Get Windows 10 app to download and upgrade to Windows 10, you will first need to installed the Windows 8.1 (KB2919355) update.

Download the x86-based Windows 8.1 update package now.
Download the x64-based Windows 8.1 update package now.
Windows Update

Check for the latest Windows Update packages for your computer.

  1. From the Task Bar, open File Explorer. The File Explorer window will be displayed.
    File Explorer: System Properties

    File Explorer: System Properties

  2. Perform each of the following actions:
    1. Select Computer from the navigation view on the left.
    2. Select Computer from the tool menu at the top of the window.
    3. Click System properties from the tool ribbon.

    The View basic information about your computer window will be displayed.

    System Properties: Windows is activated

    System Properties: Windows is activated

  3. From the lower left of the window, click Windows Update. The Checking for updates window will be displayed.
    Checking for updates...

    Checking for updates…

    Once Windows Update has finished checking for available updates, the You’re set to automatically install updates window will be displayed.

    You're set to automatically install updates

    You’re set to automatically install updates

  4. Click the Important updates are available link. The Downloading updates window will be displayed.
    Downloading updates...

    Downloading updates…

    Once Windows Update has finished downloading updates, the Installing updates window will be displayed.

    Installing updates...

    Installing updates…

    Once Windows Update has finished installing updates, the Restart your PC to finish install updates window will be displayed.

    Restart your PC to finish installing updates

    Restart your PC to finish installing updates

  5. Click Restart now to restart your computer.
Microsoft released Windows 8 on 26th October 2012. At it’s peak in 2013, Windows 8 had captured some 8% of the desktop operating system market share.

Microsoft ends support for Windows 8 on 10th January 2023.

As of July 2015, the month Windows 10 was released, Windows 8 had 2.77% 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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