Last week I tried to upgrade a windows 7 laptop to Windows 10. And surprisingly it is still working without any hassle. Even in 2020 you can upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free. Though I can not guarantee that it will work for everyone, but there is no harm in giving it a try. If you are installing a fresh windows then you can try using the Windows 7 or 8.1 key. We are providing a step by step guide for the whole process of switching to the new Windows 10.
How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10?
There are two methods to upgrade to the latest Win 10. In place upgrade and New installation. In place upgrade you can upgrade your existing Windows 7 or Windows 8 to the latest windows 10 keeping all your programs and data intact.
For in-place upgrade you just require a genuine windows 7 installation and Internet connection. And for a new installation you require 1) Internet connection 2) Windows 7 Serial Key 3) USB stick with 8GB capacity.
In place upgrade
Below steps are for an in-place upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. In this process all your data, installed software and settings will be migrated automatically to the Windows 10. Before start, make sure you have enough free disk space before upgrading to Windows 10 in your system drive. Minimum free disk space required for Windows 10 upgrade.
Time needed: 45 minutes.
Update or upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10
- Download media creation tool
Go to this link to Download ‘Windows media creation tool’. Download the tool.
- Select the option Upgrade this PC now
Run the downloaded media creation tool. It will give you two options to select. Select the first one ‘Upgrade this PC now‘.
- Wait while Windows download the required files by Internet then click on ‘Install’ button.
It may take some time in downloading Windows 10 files from the internet. So it depends on your internet speed that how much time will it take. If you are using a pirated or cracked windows then it may ask for a product key. Otherwise, it will not ask for any license key and upgrade process will go smoothly. After completion of download, click on the ‘Install’ button.
- Select “Keep personal files and apps” and then click on Next.
After clicking on the install button it will ask for what to keep. You can choose data only, data and apps or nothing. By default, data and apps option is selected.
- Wait while upgrade process finishes
Click on the next button and it will start the upgrade process and may restart windows several time.
- Congrats! Its done! just set the privacy settings on first run
Congrats, if everything goes smooth you will be welcomed by Windows 10. It will ask you to set the privacy setting of the device on first run.
Watch below video tutorial for easy reference to the upgrade process
Switch to Windows 10 with fresh install
If you are not okay with the in-place upgrade and want to install in the different drive or on different device. Using this method you can download the Windows 10 ISO file directly from Microsoft. And it can be installed on a new computer using Windows 7 serial key.
- Internet connection
- USB stick (8 GB)
- Windows 7 serial key if you are interested in Free upgrade or buy a Windows 10 key.
Follow the below steps to create a bootable Windows 10 disk to do a clean installation.
1. Download the Windows media creation tool from the Microsoft website.
2. Download and Run this file. It’s an approx 18 MB file.
3. It will ask for two options – upgrade this PC or download for another PC. Choose second option.
4. Choose “Create installation media for another PC”. It will ask you to make a bootable USB or download an ISO image. You can later burn an ISO to USB / CD or DVD.
5. We prefer to use the bootable USB. It needs at least 8 GB free space in the USB Stick. After the completion of this process you have a Valid and legal official windows 10 available in your USB drive. Now you can install the Windows 10 on another PC or on a different partition.
6. When it asks for a Serial number or Product Key. Use your Windows 7 Key and it will take without any hassle. (It worked for me in 2019 as well. Let me know if it worked for you in 2019 or not? )
This is an easier method to get genuine Windows 10. So now avoid downloading from torrents or other illegal methods. If this does not work for you then I will recommend you to buy a valid Windows 10 product key from the Microsoft.
Buying Windows 10 is a onetime purchase and you will get the unlimited updates / upgrades. Microsoft announces Windows 10 as the last version and provides it as a service. There will not be next version like Windows 11 etc.
On the launch of the Windows 10 in 2015 Microsoft had given 1 year time to Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 for Free. Later on, they extended this time and then close the offer. But people are still asking that is there any way to get free upgrade offer? And I can simply answer ‘Yes‘. You can get a free copy of Windows 10 if you already own a Windows 7 key.
Some times it happened that if you have a genuine Windows 7 key and still Windows installer can throw message like “This product key didn’t work“. In this case you can try to re-activate Windows 7 first. And then start upgrading again, installer will skip that step.
Yes, you can just choose “create installation media for another PC” or mount the ISO file to your USB. And then run the installer from the USB. It will copy the files from the USB instead of downloading again from the internet.
Taking backup of your important data is a good practice, you should do this on regular basis. Though there is option to rollback to windows 7, but we recommend you to adapt the new system instead of rolling back. There are lots of Windows 10 Tutorials available online. Always take the backup of important files before starting upgrade process for a safer side.
Yes, upgrading from Windows 8, Windows 8.1 process is almost same as of Windows 7. You can follow the above steps.
Before upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 10 you should consider two things (1) First you can’t migrate all your data, programs or settings. You need to take the backup of data first. Actually it is like a New installation. (2) Secondly, Your old hardware may be not compatible or insufficient for the new Windows 10. So we advise you to upgrade Windows 10 along-with the hardware.
Please share your experience whether it worked for you or not. Ask freely if you face any error during upgrade.
Yes, you can do it easily. You just need to migrate your hdd to ssd. After migrated to SSD, follow the above Windows 10 in-place upgrade process and rock the upgraded Windows 10. You can also move a upgraded Windows 10 to the SSD. See how to migrate Windows from HDD to SSD without loosing your data.
Users who still have not switched to the newer Windows 10. I advised them to switch as early as possible as Microsoft has already stop the support for Windows 7.
You can use it as long as your antivirus works with Windows 7. Microsoft will never release the security updates for Win7. So you have to rely on your security software.
Inplace upgrade will do this magic. It will not delete any data file but regarding software it is not guaranteed as some old software which are not updated to support the Windows 10 may not migrate properly. So always check software compatibility before upgrading.