How to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 10

How to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 10
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Windows XP is still in use on a lot of computer systems for many valid reasons. However, it is now well and truly past the time to upgrade those systems!

Unfortunately, Windows 10 does not actually support any form of upgrade from Windows XP or Windows Vista. In fact, if you do try to run Windows 10 Setup from Windows XP, the following not a valid Win32 application error message will be displayed.

Windows 10 Setup: Error Message

Windows 10 Setup: Error Message

It is also not possible to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, which means our only option is to start with an in-place upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista.

The starting point for our example Windows XP to Windows 10 in-place upgrade is Windows XP with Service Pack 3 plus Office Pro 2003 with Service Pack 3.

Starting Point: Windows XP with Office 2003
Microsoft released Windows XP on 25th October 2001. At it’s peak in 2007, Windows XP had captured some 76% of the desktop operating system market share.

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on 8th April 2014.

As of July 2015, the month Windows 10 was released, Windows XP still had 11.74% of the desktop operating system market share.


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  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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