Microsoft had initially announced that Windows 10 will be their last operating system and all the new features in the future will be provided through updates. However, backtracking from that decision Microsoft has decided to release Windows 11 and are now offering developer mode of this new OS for Windows 10 users. However, a lot of Windows users who are still using Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 versions also want to try the latest Microsoft OS, but don’t know how to do that. In this step-by-step guide, we will describe in detail how to upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 OS versions for free.

Windows 11 upgrade
Windows 11 upgrade

Why Upgrade to Windows 11 & Not Fresh Install?

The most common question asked by most people is why upgrade to Windows 11 if we can go for a fresh install? You must know the answer to this question as it will help you to better prepare yourself for this upgrade.

  1. Upgrade is Reversible: Windows 11 is the latest OS and also the version available for install is the developer version, which means it will have a lot of bugs in it. Therefore, if you find the new Windows 11 unreliable, then you can always uninstall it and go back to your previous OS version. Doing this will be as easy as uninstalling the last Windows update.
  2. Keep Existing Apps: When you upgrade to Windows 11 you will keep all the apps as it is on your computer. None of the apps will be removed, also all their registration information will remain intact as they were on your previous Windows version. In some cases, Windows 7 users are unable to keep their exiting apps, but Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 users will be able to keep all the apps installed on their computer.
  3. Without Losing Data: You won’t format your drive during the Windows 11 upgrade process. Therefore, all the files and folders will remain as they were. You will not lose any data during the whole upgrade process. This feature will be available to all users whether they are upgrading from Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10.
  4. Keep Drivers: All the drivers of the installed hardware on your computer will be kept as they were even after upgrading to Windows 11. Therefore, none of your devices will stop performing, even if you don’t have its drivers for the latest Windows.

Apart from all the above benefits there is one more reason why you should upgrade to Windows 11 instead of doing its fresh install and that’s because it saves you a lot of time.

Can I Upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7?

Yes, you can. Officially, Microsoft is offering Windows 11 upgrade to only those Windows users who have a licensed copy of Windows 10. Furthermore, the new OS is only available to those who are registered in the Windows Insiders Program. Therefore, Microsoft is not providing Windows 11 upgrade option to Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users. Don’t worry, there is a safe way to bypass this restriction and we will describe that method below.

How to Upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7?

In our Windows 11 upgrade method you will have to first download the Windows 11 ISO file, then use it to upgrade your existing Windows OS to Windows 11. The Windows ISO file you will download by following our method will be compatible will all the Windows OS and will allow you to upgrade all Windows 7 and higher versions to Windows 11. Follow the steps given below in their correct order to complete the Windows 11 upgrade successfully.

follow the following steps to upgrade your Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 7 to Windows 11.

Step 1: Download Windows 11 ISO

Since, Microsoft is not providing Windows 11 ISO file, we will have to download it from a third party website. A safe and trustworthy website for performing this task is UU Dump. You can download Windows ISO from this website for free without even requiring any registration. Follow the instructions given below to get the Windows 11 ISO from this site.

The steps given below have been performed on Windows 10 OS, but you can follow the same steps with minor alterations on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 as well.

  1. Go to the UU Dump website. On the website homepage, click on the ‘Dev Channel’ option.
  2. From the list of builds available for download, click on the version which is the latest. As of now only x64 architecture is supported by Windows 11.
  3. Choose the language you prefer for the Windows installation, then click on the ‘Next’ button to continue.
  4. You can select the Windows Edition you want to test, if you want you can select multiple editions, but it will increase the ISO file size. We have selected ‘Windows Pro’. After making the selection click on the ‘Next’ button.
  5. Make sure that ‘Download and convert to ISO’ and ‘Include updates’ options are selected, then click on the ‘Create download package’ button to start the download.
  6. A small sized (almost 4 MB) zip file will be downloaded on your computer. Extract the contents of the zip file on a drive partition which has minimum of 12 GB of free disk space. Now, go to the folder where you have extracted the zip files content and right click the ‘uup_download_windows’ file, then choose the ‘Run as administrator’ option.
  7. Select the ‘More info’ link.
  8. Click on the ‘Run anyway’ option.
  9. Windows will ask for the permission to run the Command Prompt, click on the ‘Yes’ button to give the permission.
  10. Now downloading of the files will start and you can view the progress in the Command Prompt window. The whole download process will take some time depending upon your internet speed as the ISO file size will be around 4-5 GB. After the completion of download you will see ‘Press 0 to exit’ message. Now, you should press ‘0’ on your keyboard to exit the command prompt.
  11. In the folder where you had extracted the zip file you will find the Windows 11 ISO file.
    iso file

You have successfully downloaded the Windows ISO file necessary to upgrade your existing Windows OS to Windows 11. Let’s start the upgrade process.

Step 2: Upgrade to Windows 11

The Windows upgrade process we are going to describe below was performed on Windows 8, but you can follow the same steps for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 as well. Carefully follow the steps given below in their right order.

  1. Open the Windows 11 ISO file you have downloaded before and run the ‘setup’ file to start the upgrade.
    run setup
  2. Click on the ‘Yes’ button to proceed.
  3. Windows logo will appear to signify the start of installation process.
  4. Wait for the installer to prepare your computer for installation.
  5. Click on the ‘Next’ button to move ahead.
  6. Wait for the installer to check for the updates.
  7. Click on the ‘Accept’ button to accept the license terms.
  8. Wait as the installer prepares for the installation.
  9. Click on ‘Change what to keep’ link.
  10. Now you have the option to keep files and apps, keep only files or keep nothing. Make your choice, we recommend choosing ‘Keep personal files and apps’ option, so that you don’t lose any important program or data. In some Windows 7 computers, the option to keep personal files and apps will be deactivated. In such a scenario, you should prefer ‘Keep personal files only’ option. Finally, click on the ‘Next’ button to proceed.
  11. Wait for the installer to get the updates.
  12. When you see ‘Ready to install’ message, click on the ‘Install’ button to proceed.
  13. Now windows 11 files will be loaded and installed on your computer. This whole process will require multiple system reboots. So, wait patiently for it to complete.
  14. Windows 11 logo will appear after reboot.
  15. Wait for the Windows 11 files to load and install themselves.
  16. After upgrade is over, you will see the login screen. Enter your password to proceed.
  17. Wait for the Windows 11 to prepare itself for the first start-up. This may take some time.
  18. Choose privacy settings according to your preference, then click on the ‘Next’ button.
  19. Finally, you will see the Windows 11 home screen.

That’s it, you have successfully upgraded your exiting Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 OS versions to Windows 11 OS.

My Views

Now that you know how to upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 versions you should use this information wisely. Windows has always surprised its users with innovations in its new releases. Therefore, there’s a lot of excitement about Windows 11 and many users want to upgrade to this latest Windows version. However, before upgrading to this new Windows OS you should keep in mind that it’s a developer version and not a public release.

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