Windows 7 support has ended, and soon Windows 8.1 will follow, so updating your PC is essential to avoid being a potential victim of security issues. The best solution is to upgrade to Windows 10, here’s how.
After more than 10 years of loyal service, Microsoft has ended all forms of support for Windows 7 from individuals. This means that Microsoft no longer offers security updates for this operating system, which can therefore be attacked, especially if the machine is connected to the internet.
According to StatCounter, Windows 7 still represented 17.68% of Windows machines in November 2020. We can add the 3.98% of Windows 8.1 which will also soon be abandoned by Microsoft (2023 if forecasts do not change).
Staying on an outdated version of an operating system is very dangerous for users’ data but also for the stability of the OS which may experience many bugs over time. It’s also more simply software that will gradually be more updated, or no longer available. New features that will no longer concern Windows 7.
You are strongly advised to update your old version of Windows to Windows 10 . Microsoft pushed it for a long time with an upgrade that was free until July 29, 2016. Several years later, and despite the fact that Microsoft certifies this offer as complete, it is still possible to upgrade your PC for free thanks to to a strange “oversight” on the part of the Redmond team to block this manipulation. Here’s how to take advantage of it.
Upgrade your PC to Windows 10
If you have sensitive data, feel free to back it up somewhere in case something goes wrong during the installation.
As of December 29, 2020, the update utility still allows you to upgrade your PC to Windows 10 with a free and active license.
To get started, you must download and install the Windows Installer on your computer running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.
Open it and choose the option Upgrade this PC now to continue.
The second option allows you to create Windows installation media on a DVD or USB stick to install the OS on another computer, we have already covered this option in this tutorial.
The wizard will download the Windows installation file of approximately 4 GB, the download time will depend on the quality of your internet connection. In our case, with a computer connected over Wi-Fi to fiber optics, the download took only 3 minutes. The creation of installation media begins immediately after downloading and may take longer.
Before starting the update, you have to confirm the conditions of the license agreement and verify that the upgrade options are correct . In our case, we are moving from Windows 7 Home to Windows 10 Home while keeping our personal files. It is possible to change Windows editions (but the license would not apply) and choose not to keep the files to start from scratch after installation.
Your PC will start the upgrade and restart several times, the time may differ depending on the product and the configuration, but in our case, Windows took about 30 minutes to install everything.
After the installation is complete, Windows may ask you to wait a few more minutes and then ask you to whether or not to accept several options such as speech recognition, location, or usage diagnostic recording. Choose whether you want them or not, none of these settings are critical and they can all be denied without any problems with the installation afterwards.
There you go! Windows is installed on your PC and you do not need to activate it since the license for Windows 7 was transferred with the upgrade.
Hurry up to upgrade your PC to avoid unpleasant surprises – like the end of this “tip” – and find yourself vulnerable to security breaches that will become the target of many hackers!