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How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10
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Microsoft released Windows 7 in October 2009. After providing support to users for 10 years, the company ended it on January 14, 2020. An update to fix a critical vulnerability will be the last update for Windows 7 users.

If you are still using Windows 7, it’s time to upgrade as you will no longer get updates on your device. This means that you will also miss out on important security updates, leaving you vulnerable to intrusions.

How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Microsoft had announced a free upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. While the official upgrade period ended in 2016, you can still get a free upgrade if you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

  • To get started, first back up all the important documents, photos and other files.
  • Now, go to Microsoft’s Windows 10 download page.
  • Under the ‘Create Windows 10 installation media’ section, click on ‘Download tool now’.
  • Now, run the downloaded file.
  • Select ‘Upgrade this PC now’ and click on ‘Next’.
  • You will then be asked if you want to keep your personal files or start fresh. Choose an option.
  • Follow the remaining prompts.
  • Once the upgrade is complete, go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation to find your digital license for Windows 10.
Now, your computer will be upgraded to Windows 10 and you will continue to get regular updates from Microsoft.

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