Formal support for window 7 closes by January 2020, and that means that those still holding out to window 7 should upgrade to windows 10 to keep their devices up and running safely and smoothly. Microsoft is encouraging Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 before the support of Windows 7 comes to end. The upgrade is entirely free so far you have a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8 keys
Windows 7 users who ignore this warning to upgrade to window10 will automatically lose the privilege of having their window 7 updated and all the Microsoft security and fixes, including technical support for all issues, will cease. You will then be at great risk from malware and other viruses, so upgrading is still the best option for keeping your computer safe.
How to know if you have a genuine Windows 7 and if it is activated
Follow this simple procedure:
- Boot your computer
- Press the Start Menu
- Go to Computer
- Open properties on the computer drop-down menu
- The basic information about your computer will display at the top of the screen.
- Scroll down to windows activation, and below it, you will see windows activated.
Once the message is there, you are eligible for free windows 10 upgrade.
It should be borne in mind however that if you have a Windows 7 or 8 licenses, it is only possible you upgrade to Windows 10 Home. On the other hand, if you have Windows 7 or 8 Pro, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro (the upgrade remains unavailable for Windows Enterprise).
To get the best out of the Windows 10 and enjoy the Windows features such as passwordless sign-in through Windows Hello,
Moreover, you can upgrade a PC by installing Windows 10 fresh, even if it doesn’t have any operating system installed. You only need to provide a valid Windows 7 (or Windows 8) valid key. Otherwise, if you don’t have the Windows 7 key, you will need to purchase a fresh Windows 10.
The free upgrading to Windows 10 still works up to January 25, 2020, but there is no guarantee this will continue in the foreseeable future. After a successful upgrade, your computer will get a valid Windows 10 Key that will work for a long time to come.
Before you download and install the Windows 10, be sure you do the following.
- If you are using a laptop, it should be plugged into a charger since it takes quite some time for the upgrade to complete.
- Back up your files to avoid losing any of your contents.
- Your computer must have the activated Windows 7 or 8 version for the upgrade to work.
- Make sure your Windows 7 key is hand because it might be needed in the process of upgrading; if you have purchased the software and installed it yourself you will look for the license key you purchased, otherwise the key may be printed on a sticker on your PC’s case or your laptop if you had procured pre-installed.
This is how you go about updating your Windows 7 or 8 versions to Windows 10:
1. Go to a browser and open it and navigate to Microsoft link below: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/softw…
2. Go for Download tool now. Save the file downloaded and then choose Run.
3. Here a pop-up will appear asking you if you want to permit the program to make changes to your computer. You should choose Yes. If however, you don’t get this message, you should check that your pop-up blocker isn’t switched off.
4. Once the setup loading is completed, you will be prompted to read and Accept Microsoft terms and conditions.
5. The next thing is that you will be asked to select Upgrade this PC now. Go for upgrade and then choose Next. The Windows 10 download will start.
6. As soon as the download and any essential updates are complete, you will be asked to read and Accept additional terms and conditions. When this is done, your computer will download the remaining missing updates. The time it takes to download updates will depend on how out of date your computer is.
7. Once the download is complete, you should be alerted that Windows 10 is ready to install. You will see a check-mark beside “Keep personal files and apps”. When you click on it, you will not lose any of your data in the course of upgrading your computer. In this case, select Install. In the alternative, if this isn’t checked, click Change on what to keep. One of the options is to Keep personal files and apps. Choose next and install.
9. Your computer should now be upgraded to Windows 10 and should up and running.
After the Upgrade
As soon as the installation is complete, you can go to the Settings, then Update & Security, and then Activation screen. You will notice that your computer is “activated and a digital license is displayed.
If you get connected to Windows 10 through signing in with a Microsoft account, that license will connect you to your Microsoft account.
With all this done successfully, you will be able to install a fresh Windows 10 in the future. Windows 10 activation will validate your hardware configuration license, and automatically activate itself and you will be able to perform a fresh installation.