Are you still running Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8? You can upgrade to Windows 10 for FREE, legally. Today’s post will go over the steps you need to take to upgrade your pc from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10 legally and for FREE.

Win 10 logo

 

Requirements For Windows 10 

The first thing you need to figure out is if your computer has enough in it to run Windows 10. How old is your computer and how much you paid for it, could have a hand in answering the question if your machine can handle Windows 10.  The Windows 10 minimum requirements are

  • 32 Bit Version
    • 1Ghz or faster processor
    • 1GB of RAM and
    • 3GB of space
  • 64 Bit Version
    • 2GB of RAM and
    • 4GB of space
    • 32GB or larger hard drive.

The reality is, your computer should have for either version

    • 4 GB of RAM or more
    • 80GB Hard Drive with at least 10GB free space

 

To See Information About Your Computer 

If you want to see the system information on your computer you should take the following steps

  • Hold down the Windows Key and press R. Doing so will open Run window, which is a program that allows you to run system commands.

Windows key + R Keyboard

  • In the Run Window, type msinfo32, and click on ok

MSInfo Win7 Run Box

  • This will open the System Summary Window.

Win7 System Info

In this window, you will be able to see the type of processor, amount of memory, hard drive size (and free space).  If you have the hardware to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade is free (legally).

 

When You Are Ready To Upgrade 

When you’re ready to upgrade to WIndows 10, follow these steps to upgrade to for free

  • Go to the Download Windows 10 webpage and click the Download tool now button.
  • Once the download is complete, open the file to run the Media Creation Tool. You will get a screen with some options.
  • If you are looking to upgrade to Windows 10 on the machine you are using, click Upgrade this PC now then Next, and the download will start. If you want to install Windows 10 on a different machine, click Create installation media for another PC and then insert a USB drive with at least 8GB of space, and follow the prompts to create the USB.

Win 10 upgrade

  • If this is for another machine, once you create the USB media, move it to the machine you want to upgrade, and reboot. During the reboot process change the boot up drive to the USB media.  To change boot up drive, it is usually hitting Enter or F12 while on the 1st LOGO splash screen and then selecting the USB drive. When you 1st boot machine, pay attention to under the computer makers logo.  There should be a message under the logo that will tell you the correct key combination to “Interupt normal bootup”.
  • Whichever option you go with, follow the instructions on screen to complete the Windows 10 upgrade.

 

Final Thought 

If you have a newer computer that has the power to run Windows 10, there is no reason why you haven’t upgraded yet.  The upgrade is FREE from Microsoft.  With the upcoming Windows 11, there is no telling how much longer Microsoft will let you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

By anovelo

24 Yrs. of professional experience in Technology. Experience with technology implementation and systems management at numerous 5 Star Hotels, and Stadiums across North America. Head of Tech Geek and More since 2009