If you are still using Windows 7, now is probably a good time to jump to the latest version of the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system for enhanced security and data privacy reasons. The Redmond tech company has announced that it will soon stop supporting older Windows OS versions and no longer push firmware updates. To keep your device safe from latest threats, it is important that you upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 using the official Media Creation Tool explained below.
There are multiple ways to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7, but the Media Creation Tool method is the easiest to follow. Most users would find this Windows upgrade solution more convenient as it doesn’t require technical knowledge of the Windows installation process.
Unlike clean install, Media Creation Tool doesn’t remove your files and apps from hard disk during the upgrade. This way you will be able to save the time required to restore Windows 7 files, folders, and applications after upgrading your system.
The Media Creation Tool is available to the users of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. If your computer is running any of these Windows versions, follow the instructions in the guide below to upgrade your PC to Windows 10 for free.
Minimum Requirements for Upgrading to Windows 10
Here are the minimum hardware requirements to upgrade your device to Windows 10:
- CPU: 1GHz or faster SoC (processor)
- RAM: 1GB (32-bit systems) / 2Gb (64-bit systems)
- Hard disk space: 16GB on 32-bit OS or 20GB on 64-bit OS
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or newer with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display resolution: 800 x 600 or higher
Note: To get Windows 10 upgrade, your current operating system must be on its latest version. So if you are migrating from Windows 7, make sure it is the Service Pack 1. Otherwise, you need to first download Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from this link here and install it and then upgrade to Windows 10.
Helpful Tip: You can quickly check the current Windows version running on your device by typing winver in the Run dialogue box and hit the OK button.
Also, make sure that you have a valid Windows 10 product key to activate an officially licensed version. Windows 7 or previous keys won’t work. If you try to enter invalid product keys, it will this error message: This product key didn’t work. Please check it and try again, or try a different key.
You can get the fully licensed Windows 10 at official Microsoft link below.
Backup Windows 7
Although the upgrade process on new Windows systems is safe when it comes to preserving user data during the upgrade process, you might want to back up your data nonetheless.
To avoid data loss due to unexpected problems, create a full backup of your system files, apps, folders, and media. This allows you to restore the backup if things don’t go according to plan.
Here are the steps to backup Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1:
- Launch Control Panel.
- In the search box, type Windows 7 File Recovery and hit the enter key.
- Click the link to open Windows 7 File Recovery window.
- Click Create a System Image on the left pane.
- To create a system image, choose where you want to save the backup. You can choose from saving the backup on a hard drive, on an external DVD or hard disk, or on a network location. Pick your option and hit the Next button.
- On the next window, confirm your backup settings, and click Start backup button.
- Once the backup process is complete, you will get a prompt asking you to create a system image repair disk. Click Yes to continue. This is helpful if your computer runs into trouble and does not boot. The repair disk enables booting the PC into the recovery mode and restores the most recent system backup.
- When complete, create a system repair disk to protect your files on a safe location.
Upgrade To Windows 10 From Windows 7
Before starting, uninstall any antivirus, security software, and other third-party apps that may block attempts to upgrading the system to Windows 10.
Also, disconnect external hardware devices from your computer, such as the mouse, camera, external hard drive, USB, phone, printer, or other peripherals. Sometimes these devices can forestall the execution of upgrade tasks.
Here are the steps to upgrade PC Windows 7 to Windows 10:
- Download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft. Internet Explorer users can access the official site link on Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, or other latest browsers because it won’t be accessible otherwise.
- Click the Download tool now button to save the setup wizard on your device.
- Now double-click the MediaCreationTool.exe to launch the Windows 10 installer.
- Hit Accept button to agree to the terms and conditions of the license agreement.
- Choose the Upgrade this PC now option to initiate the files download and upgrade.
- Click the Next button.
- Enter a valid Windows 10 product key in the required field and hit the Next button to continue the upgrade.
- Click on the Accept button to agree to license agreement again.
- Now select the Keep personal files and apps option. Otherwise, to upgrade without previous files and apps, click the Change what to keep option.
- In the end, hit the Install button and wait for the setup wizard to perform its tasks.
That’s all. Once the process is complete, finish the Windows 10 setup by following on-screen instructions in the out-of-the-box experience (OOBE). You will now see your desktop screen with an all-new Windows 10 interface and features.
Moreover, don’t forget to head over to the Device Manager to ensure that all hardware drivers are properly carried over to the new operating system. Afterward, you can reinstall your antivirus or any third-party software you uninstalled before the upgrade.