How to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 10

How to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 10
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Upgrade

The second step of our Windows 10 in-place upgrade is to perform the intermediate upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7. This process is very similar to the first step, and possibly a little quicker.

Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 10

You do not need a product key to perform this upgrade, and you do not need to activate Windows 7 once the upgrade is complete.

Use the following instructions to perform the in-place upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7.

 

How to upgrade Windows Vista to Windows 7

After the second step of our example Windows XP to Windows 10 in-place upgrade is complete, we now have Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 plus Office Pro 2003 with Service Pack 3.

After Second Upgrade: Windows 7 with Office 2003
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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  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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