Windows 10 Upgrade Guide

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Upgrade

  1. Select one of the following methods for initiating the Windows 10 upgrade process.
    Get Windows 10 app
    The Get Windows 10 app is the easiest method for most users to initiate the Windows 10 upgrade, as the app is automatically installed by Windows Update (KB3035583). The app asks users to reserve a copy of Windows 10, the installation media is then downloaded from Microsoft over the course of several days or weeks, and when complete the user is notified that Windows 10 is ready to install.
     
    The Get Windows 10 app provides a delayed upgrade experience, as it is designed to minimize the impact on your computer and Internet connection while performing the large download. It may take several days or weeks before you can begin the upgrade process using this method.
    To initiate the Windows 10 upgrade using the Get Windows 10 app, use the following instructions.

    1. Locate the Get Windows 10 app icon on the desktop system tray.
    2. Click on the Get Windows 10 app icon to launch the application. A Please wait window will be displayed.
      Please wait

      Please wait

      After a several moments the Get Windows 10 app will begin.

    3. Click  Reserve your free upgrade . The Get Windows 10 app will request a download reservation.
      Working on it...

      Working on it…

      After a few moments the Great, your upgrade is reserved! window will be displayed.

      Great your upgrade is reserved!

      Great your upgrade is reserved!

    4. Either type your email address and click Send confirmation, or click Skip email confirmation. The That’s it for now window will be displayed.
      That's it for now

      That’s it for now

    5. Click Close.
      Your free Windows 10 upgrade has now been reserved and queued for download in the background. The notification to upgrade could come as soon as a few days, or could take up to a couple of weeks.
    6. Once the Windows 10 upgrade has been downloaded and is ready to be installed on your computer, you will begin receiving Schedule your free upgrade! notifications from the Get Windows 10 app.
      Schedule your free upgrade!

      Schedule your free upgrade!

    7. Click the notification window. The Your free Windows 10 upgrade is here! window will be displayed.
      Your free Windows 10 upgrade is here!

      Your free Windows 10 upgrade is here!

    8. Click  OK, let’s continue . The Working on it window will be displayed.
      Working on it...

      Working on it…

      After a few moments the Great, we’ll get the upgrade started window will be displayed.

      Great, we'll get the upgrade started

      Great, we’ll get the upgrade started

    9. Click Accept. The Preparing for the upgrade window will be displayed.
      Preparing for the upgrade

      Preparing for the upgrade

      After a few moments the Your upgrade is ready to install window will be displayed.

      Your upgrade is ready to install

      Your upgrade is ready to install

      Schedule it for later
      1. Click Schedule it for later. The Schedule your upgrade window will be displayed.
        Schedule your upgrade

        Schedule your upgrade

      2. Choose a date and time when you would like to install the Window 10 upgrade, and then click Confirm time and close. The Get Windows 10 app will close, and the Windows 10 upgrade is scheduled to begin automatically at the date and time you chose.
      [_/su_spoiler]
    10. Click Start the upgrade now. The Configuring update for Windows 10 will be displayed. 
      Configuring update for Windows 10

      Configuring update for Windows 10

      Once Windows Setup has finished Configuring update for Windows 10, the computer restarts and begins Loading Files.

    Media Creation Tool
    The Media Creation Tool provides an advanced method for initiating the Windows 10 upgrade, and allows users to perform an immediate download and upgrade. The Media Creation Tool can be downloaded directly from Microsoft using the following links:

    Download Tool Now (32-bit version)
    Download Tool Now (64-bit version)
     
    The Media Creation Tool can also be used to create USB/DVD Media. For instructions, refer to the following post:
    To initiate the Windows 10 upgrade using the Media Creation Tool, use the following instructions.

    1. Run the Media Creation Tool executable. The User Account Control window will be displayed.
      User Account Control

      User Account Control

    2. Click Yes to allow the Media Creation Tool to launch with elevated privileges. The What do you want to do? screen will be displayed.
      What do you want to do? Upgrade this PC now

      What do you want to do? Upgrade this PC now

    3. Select Upgrade this PC now and click Next. The Downloading Windows 10 screen will be displayed.
      Downloading Windows 10

      Downloading Windows 10

      The Media Creation Tool will begin downloading Windows 10, which may take some time to complete. Once completed, the Verifying your download screen will be displayed.

      Verifying your download

      Verifying your download

      The Media Creation Tool will verify the integrity of the downloaded files, which only takes a few moments to complete. Once completed, the Creating Windows 10 media screen will be displayed.

      Creating Windows 10 media

      Creating Windows 10 media

      The Media Creation Tool will begin creating the Windows 10 media on your hard drive, which may take some time to complete. Once completed, the Media Creation Tool will close and the Windows Splash Banner will be displayed.

    USB / DVD Media
    Initiating the Windows 10 upgrade from USB flash drive or DVD media provides the fastest upgrade experience, but requires a copy of the installation media.

    The Media Creation Tool can be used to download and create USB/DVD Media. For instructions, refer to the following post:
    To initiate the Windows 10 upgrade using USB / DVD installation media, use the following instructions.
    Windows 7
    1. Insert the Windows 10 USB flash drive or DVD media into your computer. Use one of the two following options to run Windows 10 Setup.
      AutoPlay
      1. If your computer has AutoPlay enabled, an AutoPlay window will be displayed.
        Windows AutoPlay: Windows 10

        AutoPlay: Windows 10 Media

      2. Click Run setup.exe.
      [__/su_spoiler]
      Windows Explorer
      1. Open Windows Explorer.
        Windows Explorer: Windows 10 Media

        Windows Explorer: Windows 10 Media

      2. Expand Computer, locate the USB flash drive or DVD media containing Windows 10, and run setup.exe.
      [__/su_spoiler] The User Account Control window will be displayed.

      User Account Control

      User Account Control

    2. Click Yes to allow Windows 10 Setup to launch with elevated privileges. The Windows Splash Banner will be displayed.
    [_/su_spoiler]
    Windows 8
    1. Insert the Windows 10 USB flash drive or DVD media into your computer. Use one of the two following options to run Windows 10 Setup.
      AutoPlay
      1. If your computer has AutoPlay enabled, an Insert Notification message will be displayed.
        Insert Notification: Windows 10 Upgrade

        Insert Notification: Windows 10 Upgrade

      2. Click the Insert Notification message. An AutoPlay window will be displayed.
        AutoPlay: Windows 10 Upgrade

        AutoPlay: Windows 10 Upgrade

      3. Click Run setup.exe.
      [__/su_spoiler]
      File Explorer
      1. Open File Explorer.
        File Explorer: Windows 10 Media

        File Explorer: Windows 10 Media

      2. Expand Computer, locate the USB flash drive or DVD media containing Windows 10, and run setup.exe.
      [__/su_spoiler] The User Account Control window will be displayed.

      User Account Control

      User Account Control

    2. Click Yes to allow Windows 10 Setup to launch with elevated privileges. The Windows Splash Banner will be displayed.
    [_/su_spoiler]
    Windows 8.1
    1. Insert the Windows 10 USB flash drive or DVD media into your computer.
    2. Open File Explorer.
      File Explorer: Windows 10 Media

      File Explorer: Windows 10 Media

    3. Expand Computer, locate the USB flash drive or DVD media containing Windows 10, and run setup.exe. The User Account Control window will be displayed.
      User Account Control

      User Account Control

    4. Click Yes to allow Windows 10 Setup to launch with elevated privileges. The Windows Splash Banner will be displayed.
    [_/su_spoiler]
  2. The Windows Splash Banner is displayed.
    Windows Splash Screen

    Windows Splash Screen

    The Preparing window is displayed.

    Preparing

    Preparing

    Get important updates
    1. If Windows 10 Setup was launched from local install media, such as a USB flash drive or DVD, then the Get important updates screen will be displayed.
      Get important updates

      Get important updates

    2. Select Download and install updates (recommended) and click Next.

    The Getting updates screen will be displayed.

    Getting updates

    Getting updates

    After a few moments, the We're getting a few things ready screen will be displayed.

    We're getting a few things ready

    We're getting a few things ready

    Product key
    1. If your current version of Windows has not yet been activated, you will be prompted to enter your Windows 10 Product key.
      Product key

      Product key

    2. Type the Product Key for the edition of Windows 10 that you purchased. The Product Key will be checked and if valid, the Your product key works! screen will be displayed.
      Your product key works!

      Your product key works!

    3. Click Next.
    The License terms screen will be displayed.

    License terms

    License terms

  3. Click Accept. The Choose what to keep screen will be displayed.
    Choose what to keep

    Choose what to keep

    After a brief moment, the Getting updates screen will be displayed.

    Getting updates

    Getting updates

    This step may take some time to complete, as any available updates for the Windows 10 Setup process will be downloaded. Once complete, the Making sure you're ready to install screen will be displayed.

    Making sure you're ready to install

    Making sure you're ready to install

    After a brief moment, the Making sure your PC has enough space screen will be displayed.

    Making sure your PC has enough space

    Making sure your PC has enough space

    After another brief moment, the Ready to install screen will be displayed.

    Ready to install

    Ready to install

    Change what to keep
    1. Click the Change what to keep link located on the left of the screen if you would like to change the option on what is kept during the upgrade. The Choose what to keep screen will be displayed.
      Choose what to keep

      Choose what to keep

      Keep personal files and apps This option keeps any files that are saved in your user folders, your compatible apps that will work after the upgrade, and your settings like Ease of Access, desktop background, Internet favourites and history.
      Keep personal files only This option keeps any files that are saved in your user folders, like the Documents and Desktop folders. However, your apps and settings will be deleted.
      Nothing This option deletes everything, including your personal files, apps, and settings. Use this option to perform a clean ‘upgrade’ installation of Windows 10.
    2. Select the option for what you would like to keep, and click Next.
  4. Click Install. The Installing Windows 10 screen will be displayed.
    Installing Windows 10

    Installing Windows 10

    This step may take some time to complete, as your computer is prepared for upgrading to Windows 10. Once complete, the Your PC will restart in a few moments screen will be displayed.

    Restarting

    Restarting

  5. The computer restarts and begins Loading Files.
    Upgrading Windows: Loading Files

    Upgrading Windows: Loading Files

    After a brief moment, the Starting Windows screen will be displayed.

    Upgrading Windows: Starting Windows

    Upgrading Windows: Starting Windows

    After a few moments, the Upgrading Windows screen will be displayed, and the upgrade process begins Copying files.

    Upgrading Windows: Copying Files

    Upgrading Windows: Copying Files

    The computer will restart once it finishes copying files. After restarting, the upgrade process will automatically resume at the Installing features and drivers stage.

    Upgrading Windows: Installing features and drivers

    Upgrading Windows: Installing features and drivers

    The computer will restart once it finishes installing features and drivers. After restarting, the upgrade process will automatically resume at Configuring settings stage.

    Upgrading Windows: Configuring settings

    Upgrading Windows: Configuring settings

    The upgrade process will take some time to finish configuring settings.


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    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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