How to upgrade to Windows 10

If you have a genuine version of Windows 7 or 8.1 then upgrading to Windows 10 is relatively simple. After the upgrade process, you won\’t get a licence key, but here\’s why Windows 10 doesn\’t need one.

As the free upgrade ended in July 2016, Windows 10 home now costs £99.99 and Windows 10 Pro costs £189.99 to download. There isn\’t a cheaper \’upgrade\’ version like there used to be: Microsoft only sells \’full versions\’ of Windows 10. However, you can get Windows 10 cheaper than this by hunting around online. 

Here we\’ll explain how to upgrade to Windows 10 step by step.

What happens to my stuff when I upgrade Windows?

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.

How to upgrade to Windows 10

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