Monday, January 18

How to update your Windows 7 PC to Windows 10 for free

Support for Windows 7 is over, and soon Windows 8.1 will follow, so it’s essential to update your PC to avoid falling victim to security issues. The best solution is to upgrade to Windows 10, here’s how.

After more than 10 years of good and loyal service, Microsoft has ended all form of support for Windows 7 with individuals. This means that Microsoft no longer offers security updates for this operating system, which can therefore be a victim of attack, in particular if the machine is connected to the internet.

According to StatCounter, Windows 7 still represented 17.68% of Windows machines in November 2020. We can add to this the 3.98% of Windows 8.1 which will also soon be abandoned by Microsoft (2023 if the forecasts do not change ).

Staying on a version of an obsolete operating system is very dangerous for users’ data but also for the stability of the OS which may see many bugs appear over time. It is also more simply software that will gradually be more updated, or no longer available. New features that will no longer concern Windows 7.

You are strongly advised to update your old version of Windows to Windows 10. Microsoft pushed for a long time with an upgrade that was free until July 29, 2016. Several years later, and despite the fact that Microsoft certifies this offer as ended, it is still possible to upgrade your PC for free thanks to a strange “oversight” on the part of the Redmond team to block this manipulation. Here’s how to take advantage of it.

Upgrade your PC to Windows 10

If you have sensitive data, feel free to back it up somewhere in case something goes wrong during the installation.

As of December 29, 2020, the update utility still allows you to upgrade your PC to Windows 10 with a free and active license.

To start, you need to download and install theWindows installer on his computer running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.

Open it and choose the option Upgrade this PC now to continue.

The second option allows you to create a Windows installation media on a DVD or a USB key to install the OS on another computer, we have already covered this option in this tutorial.

The assistant goes download windows installation file approximately 4 GB, the download time will depend on the quality of your internet connection. In our case, with a computer connected by Wi-Fi to fiber optics, the download lasted only 3 minutes. The create installation media starts directly after downloading and may take longer.

Before starting the update, you have to confirm the terms of the license agreement and check that upgrade options are correct. In our case, we are moving from Windows 7 Home to Windows 10 Home while keeping our personal files. It is possible to change Windows edition (but the license would not apply) and choose not to keep the files to start from scratch after installation.

Your PC will start the upgrade and restart several times, the time may differ depending on the product and the configuration, but in our case, Windows took about 30 minutes to install everything.

Once the installation is complete, Windows may ask you to wait a few more minutes and then ask you toaccept or not several options such as voice recognition, tracking, or recording usage diagnostics. Choose whether you want them or not, none of these settings are essential and they can all be refused without any problem with the installation afterwards.

And There you go ! Windows is installed on your PC and you don’t need to activate it since the license of Windows 7 was transferred with the upgrade.

Hurry up to upgrade your PC to avoid unpleasant surprises – like the end of this “tip” – and be vulnerable to security breaches that will become the target of many hackers!

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