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How to switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free

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How to switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free: You still have a computer with it installed Windows 7 and, although you have always been comfortable with this version of the Microsoft operating system, you have discovered that its official support has ended and therefore will no longer receive security updates. For this reason, since you would like to continue using your PC in complete safety, you have decided to upgrade to Windows 10. However, you have noticed that a license for the latter has a certain cost and you would not want to pay more money.

That’s the way it is, isn’t it? Then get some good news immediately: in some circumstances, such as the ones I will talk about shortly, it is possible to upgrade completely free of charge. How? Read on and you’ll find out. In the tutorial that you are going to follow, I will explain to you in fact how to switch from windows 7 to windows 10 for free showing you all the solutions available to you. Obviously, the focus of the guide will be on updating in the period following the end of the support, but it is said that this possibility is also allowed in other periods.

Courage: why are you still standing still in front of the screen? Are you going to upgrade your computer to Windows 10? I’d say yes, since you’ve come this far and are following this guide with interest. Come on then, all you have to do is take some time for yourself, make yourself comfortable and follow the detailed instructions below, which will lead you directly to your goal. Having said that, there is nothing left for me to do, except to wish you a good read and a good update to Windows 10!

Preliminary information

Windows 10 update

Before going into detail about the procedure on how to switch from windows 7 to windows 10 for free, I think you might be interested in learning more about this possibility.

Well, you have to know that Microsoft has finished the Windows 7 support the January 14, 2020, as described on official website of the Redmond company. In view of this, initiatives have been taken cyclically to update the computers of as many people as possible.

For example, from 2015 to 2016 Microsoft had allowed, for limited periods of time, thefree upgrade to Windows 10 to anyone who had a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 license. With the end of Windows 7 support in, January 2020, despite not having communicated it with great pomp, the Redmond company has again offered the possibility to update its computer to Windows 10 without having to buy a new license.

In fact, therefore, in February 2020 Windows 7 is still upgradeable for free to Windows 10. However, Microsoft has never disclosed detailed information about this possibility and therefore there are also those who wonder about the possibility that later on with time users who have upgraded in this way will be required to purchase a license for Windows 10 (although some claim it is unlikely).

In short, it is a possibility that is present and works but of which there are no certain details, so I advise you to keep this in mind. For the rest, another aspect that you need to consider is the fact that not all applications installed on your computer may work on Windows 10: for this reason, I advise you to inform yourself well about the compatible software.

In addition, even if updating to Windows 10 does not involve complete disk formatting, I highly recommend you to save the data you care about more on an external device, like one portable hard drive or one USB pendrive, or to make a backup total. The tool of updating declares that it is possible keep all your files and there is also the possibility of go back to Windows 7 in case of problems, but you know, prudence is never too much!

In case you want a hand in saving your data, I suggest you take a look at my tutorials on how to make a backup of Windows 7 is how to transfer files from PC to USB stick. As for program compatibility, I also recommend that you take a look at the Microsoft guidelines, where essentially the Redmond company recommends, once the update has been made, to download the applications from the official Windows 10 store or to search for updated versions through a specific program’s developer site.

How to switch from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free

Without the necessary premises relating to the possibility of updating for free to Windows 10, I would say that you are ready to take action. Below you will find all the information you are looking for.

Minimum requirements

Windows 7 System properties

Clearly, not all computers sold with Windows 7 can run Windows 10 properly, given that this operating system is more recent than Windows 7. For this reason, I recommend you take a look at the minimum requirements disclosed by Microsoft and compare the specifications with those of your computer.

  • Processor: 1 GHz or higher;
  • RAM: 1GB for 32-bit systems or 2GB for 64-bit systems;
  • Disk space: 16GB for 32 bit systems or 32GB for 64 bit systems;
  • Video Card: equipped with support for DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver;
  • Screen resolution: 800 x 600 or higher;
  • Other: An active Internet connection is required.

In any case, the installation program will perform one automatic scan of your PC to figure out if this is compatible or less with Windows 10; but first I advise you to make some manual controls.

In particular, I invite you to press the button Start present at the bottom left (the flag icon) and click on the item Computer, in the menu that opens. In the next window, you will see it free space for each memory unit used by the computer. Verify, therefore, that i GB required from Windows 10; then press on the item System properties and some main indications related to your system will appear on the screen, such as those relating to processor, RAM is system type (32 bit or 64 bit).

To check the screen resolution, you must instead press with the right mouse button on the desktop and select the item Screen resolution from the context menu. If you want more information, just search for “dxdiag“Through the search bar of the button Start and open the related program. In this way, all the specifications you are looking for will appear on the screen, version of DirectX used included. For more details on the technical features required by Windows 10, I advise you to consult the official Microsoft website.

How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free

Install Windows 10

After checking that all the requirements are met, you can proceed to download andinstallation of Windows 10.

To do this, you need to connect to official Microsoft website and press the button Download the tool now. After that, launch the file MediaCreationTool[versione].exe got and press up Yup. Then wait for the various to complete preliminary operations and click the button accept, obviously reading what Microsoft has proposed.

You may be asked to wait some time. At this point, check the box Update your PC now and press on Forward. Perfect, now the installation program will provide download Windows 10. It may take a few hours, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.

It will start later checking for updates and you may be asked to press again accept as regards the conditions of use. Then click on Install, to update your computer without losing your files, or press on Change items to keep, to choose what to delete and what not (personal files, apps and settings, only personal files or nothing).

The will then be displayed on the screen installation screen real, which will do everything in automatic. You just have that wait for that the computer completes all the necessary operations (it will be restarted several times). You may then have to press on Forward is Yup, To proceed.

Initial configuration

Windows 10 configuration

After completing the installation, the computer will perform its first boot with Windows 10. You will then be asked to make one basic configuration. Here are all the necessary indications, but if you don’t want to waste too much time you can skip everything by pressing on Use quick settings, in order to use the default ones.

The first option simply asks you to specify whether the computer is intended for a personal use (so it belongs to you) or if it is acompany or a educational institution. Once you have selected the correct option, press on Forward and you will be asked to run the login with a Microsoft account, to take advantage of cloud functionality of the operating system.

You can log in by entering the username and the password of yours Microsoft account, but if you don’t have this need (or want to do this later) you can press on Skip this step and fill in a module to configure the local profile with which you will access your computer. For all the details of the case, I advise you to consult my tutorial on how to switch accounts on Windows 10 come on how to create a Microsoft account.

After setting up your profile, the Windows 10 desktop. You just have to choose whether to make your computer identified by other computers and devices connected to the same network. Perfect, you have correctly configured the Microsoft operating system and now you can use it!

Although this should not be the case since you have performed the update free of charge, in case you are asked to insert a product key (license key), try typing what you’ve been supplied with your PC (for example, in notebooks it is often indicated on a sticker) and ad activate via Windows 10.

Windows 10 activation

To do this, you need to go to the Settings of Windows 10 (key Start> gear icon), press on Update and security, move to the tab Activation, Select the present item for enter the product key is activate your copy of Windows. If everything was done correctly, you should notice the appearance of the writing Windows is activated at the field Activation.

In the event that the product key does not really want to know it works or Microsoft informs you that it is a license is required, you must purchase a license for the operating system. In this case, you can contact the official Microsoft store or, if you want to save money, to external sites: I recommend you Amazon or lizengo, which I told you about in a dedicated tutorial.

In case of problems

Problems updating Windows 7 Windows 10

How do you say? Were you able to upgrade to Windows 10 following my guide but not everything went as planned? Well, then let me give you some pointers that might be useful to you.

Well, you have to know that you have 30 days of time to retrace your steps e restore Windows 7. You can do this by going to Settings of Windows 10by pressing on Update and securityby moving to the tab Restoration and clicking on the button It begins present under the heading Go back to Windows 7. All your data will be kept. For more details, I invite you to consult my tutorial on how to uninstall Windows 10.

They could also arise various problems during the installation process. We are in fact talking about an operation in which there are myriads of variables at stake. For example, on some computers I have personally encountered problems related to driver or Obsolete BIOS, antivirus or firewall who went in conflict with the operating system and details errors related to Windows Update. Unfortunately, I cannot give you precise indications, since there are many possible problems and each error involves a different procedure to be solved.

If you fall into one of these cases, all you have to do is arm yourself with patience, search for feedback online by making Google searches and implement all precautions of the case. In fact, as mentioned above, unfortunately, the handy tool that provided further details about the files no longer seems to be available compatibility issues and therefore you have to carry out all the necessary checks yourself.

For the rest, I recommend you take a look at the my site page dedicated to Windows 10, where you can find countless tutorials related to this version of the Microsoft operating system. I also invite you to consult the official Microsoft guidelines.