To Upgrade or Not Upgrade – that is the question that everyone who is still on the older operating systems is asking.
With support ending in January for the Windows 7 operating system, we are getting a lot of questions on whether their computers should be upgraded, left on Windows 7, or simply replaced.
The requirements to upgrade to Windows 10 from Microsoft are fairly minimal, but honestly if you don’t want to get frustrated with the whole experience I would recommend having the following specs on your computer
- At least an i5 3rd gen processor (If you right click on My Computer and go to properties it will show you what processor you have. If your processor is an i5-3470 then you have a 3rd gen processor) The generation is important since if you have an i7, but 1st generation then it will be too old)
- 8GB Ram
- We also recommend having a Solid State Drive. This is not essential, but boy does it make a big difference in the performance of your PC.
Now you may need a Windows 10 Product key. Since Microsoft are no longer offering the free Windows 10 upgrade you may be asked to enter a Windows 10 Product Key.
REMEMBER TO BACKUP YOUR SYSTEM FIRST
Now the advantage of doing an Upgrade is that your programs and data should remain intact, but to be on the safe side you need to create a Full System Backup of your Computer before you start. We have a video on our website which shows you how to backup. Watch Backup Video Now.
How to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10
Before starting the upgrade process, it’s recommended that you uninstall any software, such as antivirus, security software, and old third-party applications that may prevent you from successfully upgrading to Windows 10.
Use these steps to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7:
- Download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft.
Quick tip: If you have an older version of Internet Explorer, you probably won’t be able to access the Microsoft download website. If this is your case, you’ll need to use another web browser like Google Chrome.
- Click the Download tool now button and save the installer on your device.
- Double-click the MediaCreationTool.exe to launch the Windows 10 setup wizard.
- Click Accept to the licensing agreement.
- Select the Upgrade this PC now option to download the files and begin the upgrade.
- Click the Next button.
- Enter a valid Windows 10 product key for the edition you’re trying to upgrade (if applicable).
- Click the Next button.
- Click the Accept button to agree to the licensing agreement again.
- Select the Keep personal files and apps option.
- Click the Install button.
After the installation completes, you’ll need to go through the easy out-of-box-experience (OOBE) to finish setting up Windows 10, and then you’ll once again see your familiar desktop and every new feature included with Windows 10.