How to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 10

How to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 10
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Backup

Before you go any further, it is highly recommended that you take a backup of your existing system using a bit-level disk cloning utility, such as one of the following (listed in no particular order of preference).

This will allow you to roll back to Windows XP if the upgrade doesn’t go as expected.

You can also use these utilities to migrate your existing system to new hardware as part of the upgrade if you wish. Perform the upgrade process as instructed in this post on the existing hardware. Once you have completed the Windows 7 upgrade and patching, take a backup of the system and clone the disk(s) to the new hardware.


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4 comments

  1. Thanks for fixing the links and for the guide. Quick question, if I activate Windows 7 after upgrading from XP to Vista to 7… then I shouldn’t need a product key for Windows 10 as long as it’s before the end of the month, correct? Windows 10 upgrade from the activated Windows 7 should do it automatically, correct? Or do I just skip activating Windows 7 and then use my Windows 7 Product Key to activate Windows 10? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Ujn,

      That is correct, if you first activate Windows 7 and then upgrade to Windows 10, just press skip when prompted for a key during the upgrade process. When the upgrade is complete, Windows 10 will be automatically activated.

      You can currently use a Windows 7 key to activate Windows 10, but only with new installations (i.e. not upgrades).

      The free upgrade to Windows 10 ends on 29th July 2016.

      Kind Regards,
      Chris.

    1. Hi Ujn,

      I really appreciate you letting me know about this. It seems the article has become broken after a WordPress plugin update a while ago. My apologies!

      Should be fixed now.

      Thanks again,
      Chris.

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