Windows 10 from a USB flash drive or DVD
to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8
earlier article about user accounts
review of Windows 10 wherein he discusses what's so great about
article on Microsoft accounts
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wants as many as possible to do this upgrade and so has made this
procedure simple enough for the average user. This tutorial also makes
some assumptions about you and your computer. (Please read to the end
of this article before you decide if it's for you.)
a] You're ready to begin the upgrade. You've waited for Windows 10 to
mature enough that you're not going to be an unpaid beta-tester of the
new system for Microsoft. Let's say it's at least December 2015 or
b] You're going to use the little "Get Windows 10" icon that's been
sitting at the right end of your taskbar, and NOT a Windows 10
installer DVD or flash drive, which are useful in case there's no such
icon present, or in case you need to completely erase the hard drive.
(Installing from a DVD or flash drive requires a few extra steps as
described in a link below.)
c] You are ONLY upgrading from a perfectly legal and activated copy of
Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. If you're currently using Windows 8, you are
hereby advised to update to Windows 8.1 first, and then follow this
procedure to upgrade to Windows 10. There's no reason not to; the
Windows 8.1 update is also free for you and improves your chances of a
hassle-free process, so do that one first. Read the link below on this.
Before you begin
Make sure your Windows is up to date. Click Start and type update. When
the Windows Update button appears, click it. In the Windows Update
window, click Check for updates, and then click to install any updates
that are found.
It's a good idea to update your anti-virus program, run a complete scan
and then turn it off when the scan is done. If you're running any
third-party firewall or ad-blocker programs, turn them off as well.
If you're upgrading a laptop, plug it in. If a low battery were
to cause the process to stop before it's done, you might have
ruined your chance for the 'free' part of the upgrade.
1. Click the little, white "Get Windows 10" icon in your taskbar. Not
sure which one it is? Hover the mouse pointer over each of those icons
briefly. Each one will pop a little descriptive balloon. This icon's
balloon says, "Get Windows 10."
The "Get Windows 10" application runs. It checks your computer for
compatibility, and then automatically downloads the Windows 10
installer; or it may tell you that "Unfortunately, this PC is unable to
run Windows 10," and why this is so. You can click the "View report"
link in any case for a list of your Windows 7 or 8.1 applications and
drivers that won't work in Windows 10. In case there are any issues,
it's a good idea to click the "Print Report" link at the bottom of this
window because you may have some extra things to do to get your printer
and other hardware working after the installation concludes.
2. After a while, the installer window says, "Your free Windows 10
upgrade is here!" Click the "OK, let's continue" link.
3. Next, you're invited to read some legal stuff. Click the [Accept]
4. Next you have a choice to "Schedule it for later," or "Start the
upgrade now." You're ready to start, right? So click that link and let
the installer do its thing.
5. At the Welcome back window, click [Next].
6. At the Get going fast window, decide if you're OK with Microsoft's
"Express settings." They have to do with privacy, advertising and
connecting automatically to wi-fi hotspots. These are all settings that
may be changed later and are safe to accept for now. You can
alternatively click the "Customize settings" link and decide on these
things singly and more carefully if you are so inclined.
7. Next you'll see a "New apps for the new Windows" message wherein
Microsoft notifies you about the Photos, Music, Movies and TV
applications, and the new Windows 10 browser, called Edge. Click [Next.]
8. As the installer proceeds, you are treated to successive windows
extolling other new features of Windows 10. Finally (the entire
installation can take an hour or more), you come to your new Windows 10
desktop. Your old Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 files, settings and programs
are still with you.
Very important things to
A. The User Accounts thing: Windows 10 is more secure than previous
versions, but Microsoft still advises everyone to browse the Internet
as a Standard User but keep a password protected Administrator account
handy also. If your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 user accounts were set up
this way, this setting will be the same in Windows 10 if you followed
this guide, but it won't hurt to check. Click the Settings button in
your Windows 10 Start menu, and then click Accounts. You'll see a
description of your account. If it says Administrator, you need to
change that. Follow the link to John's earlier article for this
While you're looking at it, you can click the "Manage my account link"
and convert your local account to a Microsoft account. For a good
reason to do this, see John's earlier review of Windows 10 (link
below.) For a tutorial on how to do this, see the link after that one,
B. Turn on Windows Defender: If you used Windows Defender with Windows
7 or Windows 8.1, you'll find that it's in place and turned on. It's
not a bad idea to check whether Nortons or McAfee is installed or
running. In case one of them is present, you are hereby advised to
uninstall this aggressive trialware and make sure Windows Defender is
up and running. See the link below to accomplish this.
Call or email John if you have any issues or reservations, or would
like assistance. He awaits your call.
November 9, 2015