Microsoft has been encouraging its users to upgrade their PCs to Windows 10 ever since the version came out. They even offered a free update to people who have Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 for one year. And many of them were glad to make that decision.
From carrying out commands to downloading new apps, you can do all that in one click of a button. Gaming enthusiasts may also love the effect of DirectX12 on the graphics, audio,and video. The AI Cortana can schedule and pull up appointments, among others, for you too.
In case you’ll just obtain this operating system (OS) now, it’s effortless to install it on your own. You only need to know the steps before and during the installation process.
Pre-Installation Method #1: Direct Upgrade
As mentioned above, this technique is solely applicable to users with the three most recent versions of Windows.
- Start the OS activation.
Go to the Update & Security section in the Settings to activate the operating system. Ensure that you read that ‘Windows is activated’ before proceeding.
- Validate the Windows version.
Your Windows 10 will depend on your current OS and system type (32- or 64-bit). Any computer with Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, and regular Windows 8/8.1, for instance, automatically gets the Home version. The ones that have the Professional types of those will receive the Windows 10 Pro.
- Get the Windows 10 Tool.
Microsoft has a downloadable media creation tool to ease the process. Obtain it – the file will only consume almost three gigabytes.
- Elect to upgrade your PC.
Once you open it and the question “What do you want to do?” comes up, click “Upgrade Now” or “Upgrade this PC now.” Hitting “Next” will bring you to the installation steps.
Pre-Installation Method #2: Direct Boot
Another option in sight is to download the ISO file in either a DVD or a USB that has more gigabytes to spare (over 2.5, to be sure). Doing so allows you to install Windows 10 on any device at any time.
- Execute the Windows 10 Tool.
The same question from step #4 earlier will appear. This time, choose to “Create installation media…”
- Select the installation medium.
Plug in the flash drive or the DVD you’ll use. Clicking the former will offer you the choice to pick a specific storage unit. If you decide on the latter, the PC will merely burn the file to the disc.
- Keep the gadget connected even after downloading.
Once the download is done, reboot your computer with the DVD or the memory still attached to it.
The Installation Process
Congratulations on reaching the actual installation process! Now, you’re just a few decisions away from having Windows 10. The steps follow this order:
- Install the new Windows.
The initial page necessitates you to select your input method, time and currency format, and preferred language. On the next screen, hit “Install Now.”
- Enter the 25-digit product key.
Once you reach the Activate Windows part, you may or may not have the product key ready. You can use the digits from your previous Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 instead, and everything should be fine. Otherwise, click “I don’t have a product key” if it’s a free upgrade so that the operating system will generate it on automatic.
- Choose the installation type.
The ‘Upgrade’ type of installation means you’ll retain all the existing files within the PC. The ‘Custom’ form, meanwhile, gives you a blank slate. It’s up to you to decide on which installation type will suit you better.
- Mind disk partitions.
Having multiple partitions on a single hard drive makes your available space small. You may want to erase the dividers and install the operating system in one storage.
- Wait for Windows 10 to finish installing.
The final step involves a lot of rebooting and waiting. You will see the status of the installation each time, however, so keep your cool.
When the process is complete, say hello to your brand-new Windows 10. Cheers!