Windows 10 is the best PC operating system yet, having a powerful new Start menu, a UI that switches between and touch and mouse-friendly modes, the Cortana digital assistant and a host of other improvements. If you are already managing a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8, you’re eligible to upgrade free of charge. Running an OS upgrade takes a little time but not much effort or expertise — when you are done, you’ll have the strongest Windows yet, with all your programs, settings and knowledge still in place.
Windows 10 should install without a hitch, but driver problems are a possibility and, during any system update, almost always there is an opportunity something goes wrong. Before beginning the process, make sure you have all of the data files supported, preferably to a cloud service such as Microsoft’s own One Drive, where you can download them again in case your computer crashes. If you don’t have a system restore disk already, it’s wise to make a full system backup, using disk imaging software such as Macrium Reflect, making a bit-by-bit copy of your hard drive.
Finally, make sure you have 1 to 2 hours free to run the install. If you can leave for big portions of the procedure, you may expect all the downloading and file copying to consider at least 60 minutes and, within our case, closer to two hours on a fast Internet connection. For those who have slow or inconsistent Internet, you need to go to a spot which has a strong connection and follow the instructions for developing a USB install disk you should use at home.
How you can Upgrade Via Direct Download
1. Navigate to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
2. Click the “Download Tool now” button
3. Launch the Download Tool.
4. Click Select Upgrade this PC Now if you are just installing about this computer and want to do so immediately. However, if you wish to make your own USB or DVD media, see the section below on “How to Create Windows 8 Install Media.” Though it requires a few extra steps along with a blank Memory stick or disc, creating your personal install media allows you to not only install on multiple computers, but also reinstall in your current computer if something goes wrong.
The tool will require some time to download the software so have patience, particularly if you possess a slow Internet connection. After it downloads, the software also experiences a preparation process and downloads more files, which takes time, perhaps as long as an hour even on a high-speed connection.
5. Click Accept around the license terms screen. Wait again because the software checks for updates. You may want to leave, as this also takes several minutes.
6. If you are upgrading from Windows 7 make sure to select “keep data and app” or the upgrade will not work. Then Click the Install button. Wait Twenty to thirty minutes for the computer to repeat files. It will reboot many times.
7. Click Next at the login screen.
8. Click Use Express settings. You could change some settings later.
9. Click Next around the “New apps for that new Windows” screen. The computer will say “finalizing your settings,” after which take you to the Windows 10 lock screen.
10. Log in for your computer. Windows 10 will take another couple of minutes to complete an initial setup and then it will lead you to the Windows desktop.
How to Produce a Windows 10 USB Install Disk
If you have a 4GB or larger USB flash drive or a blank DVD handy (and you still use an optical drive), you can create your own Windows 10 install disk. Having your own disk allows you to run the replace on multiple computers without waiting an hour or so for a fresh download. You might also need the option of carrying out a clean install or running the upgrade a second time if you encounter problems later. Here’s how to produce a Windows 10 install disk.
Before you begin, be sure to insert your memory stick into one of your USB ports. Remember that all data around the drive will be erased.
1. Follow steps 1 -3 above, installing the Download tool and launching it.
2. Select “Create installation media . . . ”
3. Select the language, edition and architecture (32 or 64 bits) of Windows. Make sure your selections match those of the computer(s) you wish to upgrade. So, should you currently have Windows 8 Home (64-bit), choose Windows 10 Home 64-bit.
4. Select Usb memory card. If you plan to lose this to DVD instead, select ISO file and, after the process is over, you’ll have to use a DVD burning program to write the ISO to disc.
5. Click Finish once the process is finished. If you don’t intend to install Windows 10 immediately, you can remove the drive and stop here.
6. Launch setup.exe on the memory stick to start the upgrade process.
7. Select “Download and install updates” and click on Next. If you’re in a big hurry, choose “Not at this time.” Wait several minutes for the updates to download.
When the software asks you for a product key, you are using the wrong form of Windows 10 to upgrade. For instance, you might be trying to install Windows 10 Home over your overall Windows 8.1 Pro or vice versa. The following steps overlap with should you install via direct download.
8. Click Accept. The software takes a short while to check on the body.
9. Click Install. You can now walk away not less than 30 minutes. After the OS is completed installing, you will be given a screen showing your username.
10. Click the Next button.
11. Select Use Express settings.
12. Click Next again.
13. Sign in for your computer.