How to Upgrade to Windows 10

Upgrade Windows 10

Upgrading is different from a ‘clean’ install. Upgrading brings all your documents, settings and most apps from your previous version of Windows. It should also keep things like your settings and passwords, even your desktop shortcuts should remain intact.

A clean install is where you start from scratch with a blank hard drive. This can be a good option if you want to upgrade your old hard drive to a new, fast SSD.

Once Windows 10 is installed on it, you can transfer your documents and files from the old hard disk or a back up, and then install apps such as Office, Google Chrome, games and the other things you need.

How do I upgrade Windows 7 (or 8) to Windows 10?

You can no longer update through Windows Update. That process was used only during the free upgrade offer. Also, having checked a few machines in the office, you can’t use Windows Anytime Upgrade either.

The easiest way to get Windows 10 for most people is to buy a code, either from Microsoft or, say, Amazon, and download the files directly from Microsoft using Microsoft’s Media Creation tool.

Configuring Windows After The Upgrade

Before you can sign in to Windows for the first time after updating, you’ll be asked to configure a few options. There are quite a few little setups and tweaks you can perform here, and we recommend you take advantage of them. The first thing you’ll be prompted to do is verify your user account. This should be the same account you used under Windows 7 or 8.1. If you want to set up a new account, you can click the little “I’m not…” link at the bottom left of the screen. That would let you, for example, create a new online Microsoft account rather than use your existing local account.
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