** The free upgrade from an older version to Windows 10 ended on July 29, 2016.  You need a Windows 10 product key to upgrade. **

You can to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or from older version of Windows 10.  It’s free for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 until July 29, 2016 and always free for older version of Windows 10.

Windows 10 Upgrade is from Windows Update and does it automatically.   If you want to do earlier, you need a Windows 10 disc or Windows 10 USB flash drive.

In this example I’m upgrading from older version of Windows 10 and from Windows 7.

upgrading for all:

Put in your Windows 10 disc or Windows 10 flash drive and click on it.  You may have to open the disc and click on Setup.

Click on the Windows 10 discs
Click on the Windows 10 discs

Then ask Yes or No on the User Account Control – say Yes.

UAC
UAC

When you click on it, it will start preparing Windows.

Preparing Windows
Preparing Windows

Then ask you want to get and download important updates (Yes is default).   Click on Next.

Download and install updates
Download and install updates

Then it will check for updates.

Getting updates
Getting updates

Then it will check your PC.

Checking your PC
Checking your PC

Microsof Software License Terms page – Click on Accept.

Microsoft Software License Terms
Microsoft Software License Terms

Again will get updates but this time it will take a lot longer; it seems to get stuck on some percentages but it should finish.

Getting updates again
Getting updates again

When it’s done “Making sure you’re ready to install’ page:

Making sure you're ready to install
Making sure you’re ready to install

Then ‘Ready to Install’ page.  Make sure ‘Keep personal file and apps‘ are checked.   If doesn’t says apps, you will lose all of your additional programs, including Microsoft Office.  If it doesn’t says apps click on Back, it will try again and see if allows to say apps the next time.

Click on Install.

Ready to install
Ready to install

Then ‘Installing Windows 10’ page.   Notice it says ‘Your PC will restart several times’ and it does.

Installing Windows 10
Installing Windows 10

After it reboots the first time, it’s ‘Updating Windows and Copying files’ page.  Also, you don’t need the discs or USB flash drive anymore and you pull them out if you want to.

Updating Windows - Copy files
Updating Windows – Copy files

After the second boot, it’s Updating features and drivers.

Updating Windows - features and drivers
Updating Windows – features and drivers

On third boot it’s configuring settings.

Updating Windows - Settings
Updating Windows – Settings

Upgrading from older Windows 10:

After the final reboot and if you are upgrading from older Windows 10 it prompts you to put in your password, if you have one.

Putting your password
Putting your password

It says after that ‘We updated your PC’ and ‘All your file are exactly where you left them’.

All your files are exactly where left them
All your files are exactly where left them

Then is says ‘Let’ start’ and newer version of Windows 10 is ready to be used.  Your done 🙂

Windows 10 is ready
Windows 10 is ready

Upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1:

After the last reboot and if you upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the first step is to Welcome to Windows 10 and stating your username.  Type your password and Click Next or ‘I’m not username’.

Putting your Password
Putting your Password

Then ‘Get going fast’ and click Use Express Settings.

Get going fast
Get going fast

‘Meet Cortana’. Click ‘Use Cortana’ or click on the little typing ‘Not now’ on the bottom left.

Meet Cortana
Meet Cortana

‘New apps for the new Windows’.  Click Next.

New apps
New apps

It says after that ‘We updated your PC’ and ‘All your file are exactly where you left them’.

All your files are exactly where left them
All your files are exactly where left them

‘We’ve got some new features to get you excited about’ page.

We've got some new features
We’ve got some new features

Then is says ‘Let’ start’, Windows 10 comes up and is ready to be used.  Your done 🙂

Windows 10 is ready
Windows 10 is ready
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