How to Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 FREE

Here is how to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 free and Explore the new features and improvements in the latest operating system.


Microsoft’s free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended more than a few years ago, but did you know you can still upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 without paying any extra cost? And yes if you are still running Windows 7 on your computer then upgrading to Windows 10 is more important than ever because now support for Windows 7 has officially ended. Upgrading your operating system can bring new features, enhanced security, and improved performance. If you’re currently using Windows 7, which reached its end of life, it’s a good idea to upgrade to Windows 10. If you have a PC running a “genuine” copy of Windows 7/8/8.1 here’s how to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free.

Before you start, make sure you have a backup of your important files and data, as well as a reliable internet connection. You will also need a valid license key for Windows 10, which you can purchase from Microsoft or other retailers.

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Windows 11 system requirements

First Check if your PC meets the minimum requirements for Windows 10. To run Windows 10, your PC must have at least:

– A 1 GHz processor or faster

– 1 GB of RAM for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit

– 16 GB of hard disk space for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit

– A DirectX 9 or later graphics card with WDDM 1.0 driver

– A display with a resolution of 800 x 600 or higher

You can check your PC’s specifications by going to Start > Control Panel > System and Security > System.

Create Windows 10 installation media

To upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10, you will need to download the Windows 10 installation media from Microsoft’s website. You can choose to create a bootable USB drive or a DVD, which you will use to install Windows 10 on your PC.

To create a bootable USB drive, you will need:

  • A blank USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of space
  • A PC with a USB port and an internet connection

To download the Windows 10 installation media, follow these steps:

  • Go to
  • Click on Download tool now and save the file on your PC

Download windows installation media

  • Run the file as administrator and accept the license terms
  • Select Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC and click Next

Media creation tool Download ISO

  • Choose the language, edition, and architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) of Windows 10 that you want to install and click Next
  • Click Next and select the USB Flash Drive option. Again click Next and select the removable drive from the list.
  • Wait for the download and creation process to complete.

Downloading windows 10


Install Windows 10 on your PC

Once you have created the installation media, you are ready to install or upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10.

  • Insert the USB drive or DVD into your PC and restart it,
  • Press any key to boot from the installation media,
  • Select your language, time, keyboard, and click Next,
  • Click on Install Now and enter your license key (or click on I don’t have a product key if you want to activate later),
  • Accept the license terms and click Next,
  • Choose Upgrade: Install Windows and keep files, settings, and applications and click Next,
  • Wait for the installation process to complete.

Install Windows 10 on your PC

Congratulations! You have successfully upgraded Windows 7 to Windows 10. You can now enjoy the new features and security improvements of the operating system. To make sure everything is working properly, you can check for updates by going to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.

You can also customize your settings, preferences, and appearance by going to Start > Settings.

You would then have to activate your PC by following this path: Settings > Update & Security > Activation. Use the Windows 7 product key here to legitimize your copy of Windows 10. Then you can follow the prompt to fully install the operating system on your PC.

Users should note that Windows 10 installations have resulted in many errors in the past. If you get a “Windows 10 is not validated on this computer,” error message, it’s usually difficult to fix such issues. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to back up all your files before upgrading your computer.

Use Your Windows 7 Product Key

Microsoft has made it possible to upgrade to Windows 10 using a legitimate product key for Windows 7 machines. Follow the steps mentioned above for downloading Windows 10, and then use your Windows 7 product key to validate the installation.

If you have used your product key on several PCs, it may no longer work. In that case, you would need to purchase a new product key by paying for the operating system.

Buy a New Computer

Still, using a PC you bought in 2009? Installing Windows 10 might not be possible on older machines, as the hardware must meet minimal requirements. For owners of older laptops or desktops, it might just be more cost-effective to purchase a new laptop that comes with Windows 10 already installed.

Use Windows Virtual Desktop

Not ready to give up Windows 7 yet? You can bypass the end-of-life date by switching to the Microsoft Virtual Desktop application, which is hosted on the company’s Azure cloud platform. The app is intended for enterprise users of Windows 7, who might still use software compatible only with Windows 7, and not 10.

Virtual Desktop allows you to host Windows 7 applications on a Windows 10 cloud platform. No upgrades are necessary, and you can still enjoy complete security support. However, this bypass is not indefinite and you might eventually have to upgrade to Windows 10.

PC users now don’t have much choice by to upgrade to Windows 10, which is now available with most of the initial bugs sorted out. Make sure you upgrade before 2020 to get support from Microsoft in case anything goes wrong.

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Steve Ballmer
Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.

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