Unless you have been living under the rocks for several years, you must have heard about the release of Windows 10. However, if you are still stuck with Windows 7, you should consider upgrading to Windows 10 before Microsoft will put an end to the extended support for the OS in January 2020.
If you would like to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7, there are a few things you need to understand.
Requirement for upgrading to Windows 10
For your upgrade to be possible, the system requirements include:
- RAM – 2GB for a 64-bit OS; 1GB for a 32-bit OS
- Processor – 1gigahertz or anything faster
- Graphics card – DirectX 9 or a newer version with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Hard disk space – 20GB for 64-bit version; 16GB for a 32-bit version
- Display – 1024 x 600
How to upgrade to Windows 10
Previously, upgrading to Windows 10 was free. Nevertheless, this free upgrade stopped on 31 December 2017; hence, you need to pay for any upgrades you want to do now.
- Visit Microsoft’s website and navigate to the place where you download Windows 10 on the homepage.
- Pay for the copy of the Windows 10 you want to upgrade to. The amount to be paid depends on the variant you want to download. Notably, Windows 10 Home is the most affordable version.
- Click download and start the installation process. The installation duration depends on your PC.
- Once you have successfully installed it, your PC will reboot so that the upgrade will start. A large circle will be shown on your screen to show that the upgrade process is ongoing.
- Once the upgrade is done, you can choose the default setting or customize it to suit your preferences.
- The PC will reboot once or twice again, and you will be asked to log in with your password.
At this stage, you have successfully upgraded your PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Depending on the PC you are upgrading, it may take you one hour or more for the upgrade to be complete.
Things to note about upgrading to Windows 10
For the success of your upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10, you should dedicate some minutes to getting the prep works done before the upgrade process begins. This will ensure that everything is in order.
In addition, you should save your documents and files on another hard drive to prevent loss of data. It should be noted that Microsoft claims that no file or document will be lost during the upgrade process. However; it is recommended that you keep your files and documents elsewhere to avoid any issues after the upgrade. Although this might be tasking for enterprises and businesses, it is always worthwhile.
Now that you have known everything about upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10, you can go ahead to join the team of sophisticated people that are operating their PCs on Windows 10.