A quick overview of doing Upgrade Windows 8 to 10
- To upgrade Windows 8 to 10 first visit the website: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
- Under the prompt name Get Windows 10, click on ‘Download tool now’ button. After this launch the Download tool.
- After this Click on option upgrade this PC Now to move further to upgrade Windows 8 to 10. In the condition of installation where you are doing it directly on PC, you can do it right away.
- But if in case if you are creating your own USB or DVD media, see the section below on “How to Create Windows 8 Install Media.”
- Though it requires a few extra steps and a blank Flash drive or disc, creating your own install media allows you to not only install on multiple computers but also reinstall on your current computer if something goes wrong.
- It will take a few moments to download the software. After the online download, the downloaded files will go through the preparation process. In this process keep the network on as more files will be downloaded. Even on the good speed of internet will take at least one hour to complete this process.
- A pop up will open named as Windows 10 setup. There click on option Accept to license terms. After this, the software will take other several moments to check for the updates. Now click on the Install button. Now the computer will take almost half an hour to copy files, During this process, the computer will reboot several times. Which is quite normal, so don’t panic.
- After this click on next option on the login screen. Use Express settings for a while. Next time you can change the settings. Now you will see option New apps for the new Windows on the computer screen. Click next on this. The later computer will prompt for finalizing your settings,” and then take you to the Windows 10 lock screen.
- In last step login to your computer. Windows 10 will take another couple of minutes to do an initial setup and then it will take you to the Windows desktop.
A step by step guide to upgrade Windows 8 to 10
To upgrade the Windows from 8 to 10 there is a very small list of things you will require. To get started here are the few things which you will need to follow:
- To get started make sure your current windows version is activated. Although Microsoft always advocated the idea that the Windows 10 can be installed on inactive or pirated windows. But to be on the safer side we recommend you to have an activated copy under the current deployment model.
Now to verify if your Windows are already activated or not, check it by yourself. Press the button from the keyboard Windows+w. After this open to see if Windows status is active or not. Also, you can look under Control Panel -> System to see the status of the machine.
In any other version of Windows check by hitting Start, right-click the “Computer” option, and then select the “Properties” command. The resulting window shows if your copy of Windows is activated.
- Now as you had checked the windows status, now time to take the backup for the PC. Usually, users take regular backups. But to make sure you had taken full back up, back up the files from your PC. As the upgradation will automatically destroy all existing files and data and this process is non-reversible.
Also, consider making a full image backup of your PC using either Windows’ built-in System Image Backup. With a full image backup, you know that you can restore the image and have your PC running again just like it was when you made the backup.
- The third thing to do is to deactivate any known Antivirus tool. Some of the third party antivirus tools may hinder the upgrade process. So to make the process smooth, please turn them off or uninstall them before performing your update. You can always reinstall a Windows 10 version after the update is done if you want to use something other than Windows Defender.
- Another thing to do is to have Window 10 update assistant. This tool is quite simple and lets you download the right version. This tool basically decides if your current version of Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit, and updates you to the same version. In case, you want to move from a 32-bit installation of Windows 7 or 8 to a 64-bit installation of Windows 10 using the update tool—even if your PC supports it. If you’re running a 32-bit version of Windows and want to move to 64-bit, you’ll have to do a clean install instead.
This not only helps to download the right version of Windows but also figure out the appropriate edition of Windows, as well. This tool will help you to download the Pro edition of Windows 10 if you are having Pro edition of Windows 7 or 8. In case it is the home edition of the Windows which you are having then this tool will download the Home edition of Windows 10. Now to keep the right version you need to unlock the Pro edition by purchasing it at a later time.
Downloading the Windows 10 version
- Now after keeping the requisites in mind, you are ready to install the Windows 10 version. Now to download run the upgrade installer. The upgrade tool names as media creation will run and ask you to upgrade your PC now. Or it could also aks you to create installation media for another PC. Select “Upgrade this PC now” to begin the upgrade process, and click the “Next” button.
- After this, the tool will start downloading the Necessary Windows 10 upgrade files. How much time the installation will take, greatly depends upon the network speed. When the tool finished the downloading process and unpacking the installation media. A pop-up box will open and ask for to accept the terms and conditions of the license. To proceed further please Click “Accept” and the installer will do the last update check before kicking you over to the final confirmation page.
- The tool by default designed toselects the largest “what to keep” selection it can, meaning it will keep all your personal files and installed apps safely in place. If this is acceptable to you then go ahead and click “Install” to get started with the installation. If not then click the small “Change what to keep” link specify what you want to keep during the update process. Both options are available for you.
- Now if you have selected “Change what to keep” link, you’ll see a screen that lets you make a choice about what you want to keep during the update. The available options include:
* Keep the personal files and apps. This will let you retain the all installed personal files and apps with current windows settings.
* Other option available keeps the personal files only. But by keeping the option you are removing the installed applications and current Windows settings. You’ll need to reinstall the applications you want after Windows is done updating.
* In case you are not keeping any of the above options then you are automatically keeping the option of nothing. By doing this you will automatically remove all your personal files, all installed applications, and your Windows settings. Now if you want to clean completely and nothing wants to keep then performing a clean install using the update procedure will be good enough if you’re thinking of using this setting.
Note: the update tool will automatically move the personal files to be recovered later in the name of the folder windows.you can recover them for a while after the update. Still, you should make sure any important files are backed up.
- Noe to move further click on option name Next. By choosing this you will go back to the recap screen you saw in the last step and you can then click “Install” to get started with the update. Your PC will reboot several times to apply the done changes. You will do the further configuration when your PC is done with the rebooting.
- When you are done with the upgrade you will set up the windows. You will prompt up to verify the account. Basically the user account. If you want to set up a new account, you can click the little “I’m not…” link at the bottom left of the screen. But we advise you to continue with the same account which you was using with your previous version of Windows.
- Now set the privacy settings and after setting the privacy settings click on accept the option. Now you will be asked to whether you want the tool Cortana or not. It is a Microsoft’s digital assistant. If you don’t turn her on now, you can always do it later.
- Now you all set to use the updated version of Windows 10. You will be introduced to new built-in apps—apps that will become the default for opening the types of files they support unless you click the little “Let me choose my default apps” link at the bottom left of the screen.
- After doing this the installed windows 10 will look for the latest updates, possibly restart your PC, and then you’ll be ready to sign in to Windows 10.
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