How to upgrade Windows 7 / 8.1 to Windows 10 via Windows Update

Windows 10 is here, if you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on your PC, then you are eligible for free Windows 10 upgrade. Before taking the plunge you may want to check if your PC is fully compatible with Windows 10 including hardware, drivers, and software. You may have reserved Windows 10 already, if not, don’t worry you are still eligible for free Windows 10 upgrade until 29th July 2016.

Do check our know how on things to take care before starting Windows 10 upgrade. Once you are all set, let’s begin the upgrade process:

Note that your PC needs to have internet connection to download Windows 10. The download size is around 3GB.

Go to Windows Update. Windows 7 users can go through Control Panel, while Windows 8.1 users can use the Charms and search for Windows Update.

Windows Update

Windows Update

Check for update and after scanning is complete, you will get notification of Upgrade to Windows 10. Click Get started.

Windows 10 Upgrade

Windows 10 Upgrade

From here the process is straightforward, you need to follow the on-screen instructions. But don’t worry, I have the screenshot of entire process for your reference and confidence.

Download Windows 10

Download Windows 10

After download is complete, you need to accept the Terms.


Accept Terms

Accept Terms

In next step your PC will be restart in BIOS mode and you will not be able to launch browser to read this post, so take a print out or open the page in other device – just saying! Click on Start the upgrade now.

Begin Upgrade (Restarts your PC)

Begin Upgrade (Restarts your PC)

During configuration update for Windows 10, it may look like stuck at some point, for example it stayed for a while on 61% complete, but don’t worry it will proceed further.

Windows 10 Installation Process

Windows 10 Installation Process

Your PC will restart itself automatically and now the upgrade begins with Windows 10 installation screen in which you will see a circle with percentage completion status at the center.

Windows 10 Install

Windows 10 Install

If everything goes well, Windows 10 will greet you with welcome back message!

Windows 10 Installation Complete

Windows 10 Installation Complete

Enjoy your Windows 10!

Windows 10 Desktop

Windows 10 Desktop

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Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.