Upgrading Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 – Downloading & Installing Windows 10

If you need to install or reinstall Windows 10, you can use the tools on this page to create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

Before you begin

  • Make sure you have:
    • An Internet connection (Internet service provider fees may apply).
    • Sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB or external drive for the download.
    • A blank USB or DVD (and DVD burner) with at least 4 GB of space if you want to create media. We recommend using a blank USB or blank DVD, because any content on it will be deleted.
  • Read the System Requirements.
  • If you are installing the operating system for the first time, you will need your Windows product key (xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx). For more information about product keys and when they are required, visit the FAQ page.
  • For Enterprise editions please visit the Volume Licensing Service Center.

Use the media creation tool to download Windows. This tool provides the best download experience for customers running Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. The tool includes:

  • File formats optimised for download speed.
  • Built-in media creation options for USBs and DVDs.
  • Optional conversion to ISO file format.

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I downloaded the 64-bit version for an in-place upgrade of my Windows 8.1 Desktop PC. All together (download+install) took about 4½ hours. The PC restarts several times during the upgrade although in between the restarts you can carry on using the computer normally while the upgrade is in process. Fairly straightforward. No major issues. All Windows 8.1 programs and applications seem to be working as normal, as before, on Windows 10.

Some helpful tips for Windows 10 can be found here >> WinAero

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NOTE:
If you have Windows 7 or 8.1, you may be expecting to see the Get Windows 10 app, a small Windows icon in your system tray, that gives you the opportunity to get a free copy of Windows 10.

If you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 but aren’t seeing the icon, check here >> this article will help you find out why, and if you can get the app.

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Upgrading Windows Vista sp2 to Windows 7…chronicle…

Finally took the plunge and upgraded my 22 month old win Vista sp2 machine to Windows 7:

Downloaded and installed Windows 7 upgrade advisor….and my PC passes all tests.
(Ran my anti-virus before hand, as advised, and then disabled it before beginning win7 setup)

It went something like this:

Inserted upgrade DVD and clicked on Setup.exe

After selecting the “Upgrade” option (as opposed to “Custom”)…

5-point-menu displayed (Started at 12:30pm):

#1.Copying Windows files

#2.Gathering files, settings & programs.
machine does an auto restart after #2 after 30 mins (1pm)

#3.Expanding Windows files.

#4.Installing features & updates.
after a further 30mins, another auto restart (1:35pm)

#5.Transferring files, settings & programs. (install spends ages upon ages at “694374MB of 949330MB transferred”), then after 62% – 714027MB -(3.39pm) another auto restart.

949073 (72%) copied as of 4pm. …and again, spends ages (30mins) at “949073MB of 949330MB  transferred “!

949330MB, finally done at 4:28pm. Another auto restart!

Resumed with request for vista product key:

Three choice menu
1. Install all latest updates (i.e. use recommended settings)
2. Install only important updates
3. Ask to Install updates later

(I choose option 2)

Date & time setting appears.

Network choices are next:
1.Home
2.Work
3.Public

(4:40pm) Windows 7 logon screen…yea!!! Yeehah!!! Woohoo!!! Yippeee!!!

The very 1st dialog I see after logging on is: “Setup has detected that the .Net framework version 4 needs to be repaired. Do not restart your computer until Setup is complete.”

4:47pm, taskbar finally appears…mousing over the update icon shows “Windows is downloading updates”

4:58pm, yet another auto restart!
“Logging off…” screen is displayed for ages! (13 mins)
I finally give up and push reset button. Had to do this twice as 1st restart appeared to hang on black, blank screen (panic!!!)

Finally, (5:20pm, back at the Win7 desktop….Woohoo!!!)

Every thing seems to be working just fine, as before. So far I’ve hardly had to re-install any of my previous programs, applications, games, device drivers, etc., Swell!

Don’t forget to click on ‘Start Menu’ -> right-click ‘Computer’ -> select ‘Properties’,
(alternatively goto Control Panel->System and Security->System), then under “Windows activation” entering your new product-key and then click to “Activate” your new copy of Windows 7.

Oh, and also don’t forget to re-enable anti-virus.

For anyone having any doubts about upgrading…I say go for it. Hopefully your experience will be fairly painless as mine has been.

PS: I noticed hours later – I did need to re-install Windows Movie Maker (needs to be downloaded and is now part of package called Windows Live Essentials).

Also, strangely enough, I had IE9 installed previously, and this got rolled back to IE8 by the Win 7 install…quite odd!