Is your computer ready?
Before you start the upgrade process, be sure your computer to ready. Visit Microsoft’s Specifications webpage – you’ll find both system requirements and upgrade paths. During the upgrade process, Windows will check your system requirements, but checking the system requirements yourself will give you a little more reassurance during the process. Your computer needs to have: at least 1 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM (for a 32-bit operating system) or 2 GB RAM (for a 64-bit operating system), 16 GB hard drive space (for a 32-bit operating system) or 20 GB hard drive space (for a 64-bit operating system), at least DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM 1.0 driver, and at least a 800 x 600 display. For Windows 10, Microsoft has limited the editions, so you should check-out the upgrade paths and be aware which edition you’ll have on your computer once your upgrade is complete. If you have Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, or Windows 7 Home Premium, you will be upgrading to Windows 10 Home. If you have Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate, you will be upgrading to Windows 10 Pro.
Backup your computer
The upgrade shouldn’t loose any files or programs, but in case there is an issue with the upgrade, it never hurts to have a back-up of your computer.
Upgrading to Windows 10
Now that you’ve checked your computer’s specifications, you’re aware of the Windows 10 edition that you will be upgrading to, and backed up your computer it’s time to start the upgrade! If your computer is eligible for the upgrade, you should see the Windows 10 icon in the notification area (near the date and time in lower right-hand corner of your screen). If you don’t see the icon, you can run the Windows Troubleshooter. Once you see the Windows icon, click on the icon and you’ll see a pop-window for “How to get Windows 10 for free!”. Click on the “Reserve your free upgrade” button. You computer will be added to the queue and will download automatically – this process could take a few hours or a few days. You can click on the Windows 10 icon to check on the upgrade. Once the download is complete, you’ll see a pop-up window for the software license terms – click “accept” at the bottom of the screen. Next, you’ll see a pop-up window that reads “You upgrade is ready to install.” You can select “schedule it for later” or “start the upgrade now”. If you select “start the upgrade now”, your computer will restart and the upgrade will begin. After the restart, the wizard prompt you to select your Internet connection, then you should see your new Windows 10 desktop.
Upgrade to Windows 10: FAQ
The “Get Windows 10” app doesn’t appear in Windows 7 or 8.1
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