Upgrade to Windows 10: Install Steps, Compatibility and Pitfalls

With the official release of Windows 10 in July 2015, there is a typhoon of Windows 10 news. Windows Operating system has a glorious history behind it and Windows 10 is not an exception. Many of our users are also willing to know about upgrading Windows 10 from their current Operating System.
So, here we go…

First things first…

The Hardware Requirements:

How Do I Get Windows 10 Upgrade?

For upgrading Windows 10, you just need to follow  these 3 simple steps.

1. Make Sure your Computer is Eligible for Windows 10:

Users who are having a genuine license copy of Widows 7, 8 or 8.1 are eligible for running the latest version of Windows 10.
You can check our flow chart  to figure out who can have a free upgrade to Windows 10 or can visit Microsoft’s website to know which version is likely be to updated. There is a possibility that you may be asked for updates several times, we recommend you to go ahead have all the updates (See the optional updates you require).

2. Update Current version of your Windows:

You must have the latest update of your Operating system. If you have set up automatic updates, then you are ready for upgrading Windows 10 (Double-check first.) For Windows 7, Go to your Windows Update screen (Start > Control Panel > System and Security) and  Check for any Updates and click Install Updates. For Windows 8 and 8.1, go to Start >PC Settings > Update and Recovery > Windows Update.

3. Wait  for Windows 10 Prompt:

After having the latest updates installed, just wait for the Windows icon to pop up in the taskbar on your desktop. Click on Get started. Now, get set to have your free copy. But, it still requires that you agree to a license/user agreement. Depending upon your hardware requirements, your computer may take a few hours for the update. If you can’t afford to miss your work then, you can schedule you upgrade later. After you start the update process, your PC will immediately restart. Don’t panic, it’s a normal process and it happens a few times.

“Good things comes to those who wait.”  Keep patience until the update gets finished.

Note: Verify the version of your Windows and then go for an update.

Don’t know which version you are using? Check here to find out.

Windows 10 Upgrade from Windows XP, Vista:

A big NO! Windows 10 is a free upgrade only for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 users.

Windows XP and Vista users have to get the Windows 10 copy through retailer channels such as or any other retailers.

Hardware Requirements: You must have at least 1 GB of RAM and 20 Gb of HardDisk.

Drivers compatibility: Windows 10 supports most of the hardware components. However, for older machines, some drivers may be missing and need to be installed after the upgrade

Programs and files will be removed: For XP and Vista users, no programs or files will remain available after the upgrade.

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How Do I Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7, 8?

Good News guys! Users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 will get Windows 10 for free (thank Microsoft). If you are genuine Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8 (8.1) user, the upgrade is automatically available to you through Windows updates. If you are running Windows 7 without Service Pack 1 then you actually have to update the Service Pack first and then go for the upgrade.

You don’t have to do anything special. Just go to Windows Updates and Microsoft will offer you the upgrade.

  You should have enough free space: Windows 10 requires 1 GB RAM and At least 20 GB of HardDisk.

Some settings will be lost: There is possibility that some settings may get lost after the upgrade. We suggest you tohave a complete backup of your data.

Drivers compatibility: Windows 10 supports most of the hardware components. However, for older machines, some drivers may be missing and need to be installed after the upgrade.

Will my programs and files remain available after the upgrade?: The standard Microsft applications and some common suites will be retained. However, some less common applications such as older versions of Office, games, custom applications can face issues.

Is the Upgrade valid for lifetime?: No! Microsoft offers you Windows 10 for one year. After one year, you have to either switch to your previous Operating System or have to buy the license copy of Windows 10. One year is quite enough for users to think about whether to stay with Windows 10 or go back with their Previous Operating System.

What’s your Take on Upgrading Windows 10? Let us know.