Why Wait When You Can Upgrade To Windows 10 For Free!
Microsoft’s slow roll out of Windows 10 suggests that you might still be waiting your turn to get your free upgrade but you don’t really have to be uncomplaining. You can skip the line and cut straight to the good stuff.
Getting a free copy of Windows 10 is only applicable to Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users with legitimate license keys. All other Windows users (including pirates of Windows 7 and 8/8.1) will have to buy an activation key. Windows XP and Vista users also don’t get upgrade, and must instead do a clean install.
Now, move on to Microsoft’s Windows 10 download page. If you’re on a 32-bit version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, then download the 32-bit tool, and if you’re using a 64-bit version, then take the 64-bit tool. You can check your Windows version by right clicking on My Computer or This PC in File Explorer and then going to properties. It will be listed under system type.
You can get Windows 10 through the Media Creation Tool, which you can download from Microsoft’s website. It’s completely legal and genuine, and doesn’t take much time. It works irrespective of whether you have already reserved a copy of Windows 10 or not.
Simply run the tool and then select the upgrade your PC option. Windows 10 will begin downloading and once it’s ready, you’ll be given three options: keep personal files and apps, keep personal files only, and nothing. Select the first option to ensure that your PC upgrades and you get to keep your files and applications. Windows 10 will start installing and after a few reboots and customization you’ll be upgraded. If you install Windows 10 and decide you want to go back to Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 then you can safely restore by going to settings > update & security > and choose the option to go back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
Once the upgrade is complete, you can confirm whether your copy of Windows 10 has been activated. To do that, go to Control Panel and then, System. If it is there, then you are done. Xbox One owners too can get started by checking out the Xbox app and trying its game-streaming feature.
Although many people will be able to run the Media Creation Tool without a glitch, few could run into installation errors. On the basis of your machine configuration, internet connection speed and other factors on which the installation depends, you may have trouble getting it.
To make sure your installation process runs as easily as possible, you’ll want to be sure all your hardware is upgrade compatible and don’t forget to take a back up of your data!
Although the option to upgrade to Windows 10 is only for 30 days, it’s not bad at all to get an experience which comes for free. If you really don’t like it or do not want to buy it later, you can always roll back to your previous operating system. Once again, do not forget to back the data up before initiating the download.
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by techtalks @TechTalks August 18, 2015 4:56 AM UTC