If you are still using Windows 7/8/8.1 and want to upgrade to Windows 10? So, you can upgrade it further into Windows 11.
As of now according to Microsoft Windows 10 users can only upgrade to Windows 11.
Microsoft’s free upgrade offer for Windows 7/8/8.1 users ended a few years ago. However, you can still technically upgrade to Windows 10 free of cost.
It’s also necessary to upgrade from Windows 7 especially after Microsoft ends the support officially.
Also Read: Best Windows 10 Laptops in India
Microsoft Statement made on windows 7 support
Microsoft announced that it will end support for Windows 7 starting on January 14, 2020. The support page reveals the discontinuity of the Windows 7 support.
So they can focus on newer technologies and creating a better user experience on PC.
Microsoft said that technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC will no longer be available for the product.
Microsoft recommended that users move to Windows 10 before January 2020 so that they do not suffer from the non-availability of support for Windows 7.
The company said that if people continue to use their PC running Windows and without continued software and security updates.
It will be at greater risk for viruses and malware.
What are the system requirements to upgrade to Windows 10?
Here are the system requirements to install Windows 10 on your PC/Laptop.
|Processor:||1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or System on a Chip (SoC)|
|RAM:||1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit|
|Hard drive space:||16 GB for 32-bit OS 32 GB for 64-bit OS|
|Graphics card:||DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver|
|Internet Connection:||Internet connectivity is necessary to perform updates and to download and take advantage of some features.|
Key Features of Windows 10
- Start Menu
In Windows 10 Microsoft re-introduces the traditional start menu. Earlier Windows 8 uses the start screen to launch an application.
The new start menu offers better apps customization for easier navigation through different applications.
Microsoft Windows 10 comes up with a voice assistant similar to Apple’s Siri and Google Now. Now you can talk to a virtual assistant by voice.
Cortana can answer questions like What’s the weather Tomorrow in Mumbai? It also acts as a reminder for your important tasks.
- Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge is meant to replace Internet explorer. Edge is faster, more secure, and comes up with some new features.
It is designed to give users a better web browsing experience similar to Chrome. However, You can still use your preferred browser.
- Action Center
The new Action center is quite different from the previous one. It allows you to access frequent settings like WiFi connectivity, Tablet mode, Screencast, etc. while expanded.
It also tells you about new notifications and updates here as well.
- Multiple Tasks and Desktops View
You can now use the virtual desktop to move away from your apps to other windows instead of keeping them all in one.
This will easier your multitasking. While new Task view features make it easily navigable between multiple Windows.
- Tablet Mode
Windows 10 clearly distinct between desktops and Tablet unlike Windows 8. If you are using a mouse and keyboard then Windows 10 will run in desktop mode by default.
If you have a touchscreen laptop or 2-in-1 then you can use tablet mode at any time. Tablet users can switch back to desktop mode if they want at any time.
Upgrade Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 10
Here is the process to get your windows 10 copy ……
Keep backup all of your important data, files, documents before upgrade to avoid any unwanted situation.
1) Visit the Windows 10 download page. Or go to this link directly: https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10
2) Once there, click on the ‘Download Tool now’ button and download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.
3) Open the Media Creation Tool and accept the license terms.
4) Following this, select, ‘Upgrade this PC now option and click Next.
5) The tool prompts the user to either keep everything or start from scratch. Here you have to select the ‘Keep personal files and apps’ option and then click ‘Continue’.
6) After that click on the Install button to start the Windows 10 installation process and wait for completion.
7) After Windows 10 is finished installing, users need to connect to the internet and open Settings > Windows Update > Activation, and the PC will be activated with a digital license.
Users can also enter the Windows 7 or Windows 8 and 8.1 product key and activate Windows 10 if the device is not already activated.