How to Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free


After 10 years, support for Windows 7 is coming to an end on January 14, 2020. When Windows 7 reaches end of support on January 14, 2020, your computer will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for any issues, software updates, and security updates or fixes. Now is the time to upgrade to Windows 10.

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While the Windows 10 free upgrade offer through the Get Windows 10 (GWX) app ended on July 29, 2016, you can still upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool (MCT) if you upgrade from a legally activated Windows 7.

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Minimum system requirements for Windows 10
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard drive space: 32 GB or larger
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 800x600 screen resolution
  • Internet Connection: Internet connectivity is necessary to activate, perform updates, and to download and take advantage of some features.

This tutorial will show you how to upgrade an activated Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free using the Media Creation Tool (MCT).

After you upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10, you can link your Microsoft account to the Windows 10 digital license to be able to clean install Windows 10 and activate with your Microsoft account.



EXAMPLE: Windows 7 End of Support notification
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Here's How:

1 Click on the Download button below to go to Microsoft's Download Windows 10 site, and click/tap on the Download tool now button at the site under Create Windows 10 installation media. (see screenshot below)

download

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2 Save the MediaCreationTool1903.exe file to your desktop, and run it.

3 If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes. (see screenshot below)

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4 Click on Accept for the Microsoft Media Creation Tool EULA. (see screenshot below)

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5 Select (dot) Upgrade this PC now, and click on Next. (see screenshot below)

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6 Windows 10 Setup will now begin to download, verify, and create Windows 10 media. (see screenshot below)

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7 Click on Accept for the Windows 10 EULA. (see screenshot below)

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8 Windows 10 Setup will now check for and install any needed updates. (see screenshot below)

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9 Windows 10 Setup will now check compatibility to make sure you're ready to install Windows 10. (see screenshots below)

If anything is found that needs your attention, you can click/tap on Confirm to accept and continue.


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10 When ready, click/tap on Install to start upgrading to Windows 10. (see screenshots below)

If you would like to change what you keep in the upgrade, click/tap on the Change what to keep link, choose what to keep, click/tap on Next, and go to step 8 above.


If wanted, you can close the Windows 10 Setup window at this point to safely cancel the upgrade before it starts. This is your last chance to cancel the upgrade.


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11 Windows 10 Setup will now start upgrading to Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

This will take a while to finish.


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12 Dismiss the lock screen by performing one of the following actions below. (see screenshot below)
  • Press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys if secure sign-in is enabled.
  • Press any key on the keyboard.
  • Click on the lock screen.
  • Tap on the lock screen if you have a touchscreen.
  • Swipe up on the lock screen if you have a touchscreen.
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13 Sign in to Windows 10 with your account. (see screenshot below)

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14 When each user signs in for the first time, they will see the first sign-in animation.

15 When each user signs in for the first time, they will need to turn on or off the privacy settings they want, and click/tap on Accept when finished. (see screenshots below)

Users will be able to change these privacy settings at anytime in Windows 10.

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16 You will now be at your desktop for your account in Windows 10. (see screenshot below)

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17 Make sure you have the correct time zone, date, and time set.


That's it,
Shawn


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