Let's take a look at the currently available ways to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10. And try to find the most convenient one.
After the release of Windows 10, all owners of the licensed version of Windows 7 were offered to install the update on a fresh OS for free. The migration possibility lasted exactly one year, after which the update to the top ten became paid. However, there are ways to install a new operating system, even if you did not have time to take advantage of the promotional offer.
Update for users with disabilities
After 7/19/2016, when the giveaway was closed, Microsoft left the option of free updates to their OS for people with disabilities. The presence of this status is not checked in any way, so any user can use the loophole.
How to install
To get an upgrade, go to microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade and download the Upgrade Assistant file to your computer. Further procedure:
Before installing, make sure that the hardware meets the requirements of the operating system. Your device must have at least 2 GB of RAM for 64-bit and 1 GB for 32-bit.
The required amount of free disk space is 20 GB . Do not shut down or restart your PC, laptop or tablet during installation.
Depending on the hardware, the update process can take from 40 minutes to 2 hours.
Option without updating one OS over another
A large number of power PC users never install one operating system on top of another.
This is fraught with problems with the registry, drivers, backups, viruses, etc. If you are one of these users, you can use the method of updating Windows 7 to clean Windows 10 without saving the old system and user disks.
If you have already upgraded to the "dozen", you didn’t like something and you returned to the old system using a backup restore, you can install the latest available Windows 10 distribution without fear of losing your license.
Starting from the tenth version of the OS, the key and code of the hardware (motherboard) is written to the cloud, so the license is installed automatically. For this to happen, after installation, during the activation phase, check the box next to "check later".
After the first connection to the Internet, the system will check if the key for your equipment is in the database. If present, the OS will be activated.
Please note that this method can only be used if Windows 10 has been installed once.
If this system was not installed on your computer, use the first update method, then download the Windows 10 image (clean, no crack) and replace the OS in the standard way.
The computer is identified by the motherboard . If you changed this part, you can restore the license through Microsoft support. To do this, you must have a purchase receipt for Windows 7 in the store.
Activation with serial number from Windows 7
If you have the serial number of Windows 7, you can use it to activate the tens. The official information on the Microsoft website says that you can only use serials purchased after 07/19/2016 for the "ten". In fact, keys from 7/8 / 8.1 are fine.
If your version of the seventh Windows was pirated, you will not be able to update it to 10 without losing files.
The only way to preserve old programs and other information is not to format the disk that contains the data you need.
When installing a jailbroken Windows 10, clear the partition with the old system, put the new OS on it, activate the system with a crack. The disk with your files will be saved.
Separately, we note that you can update the operating system using the first two methods if you are using a licensed version of Windows.
The most convenient way, if you already have a Windows 7/8 / 8.1 license, is of course downloading Windows 10 from the official website and then installing it.
If you are using a pirated version of Windows, then the best way is of course to install on top of an old OS.
It is possible to install an OS on top of a pirated version using a method for people with disabilities, but there is a risk of getting a fake license to be reset during micro-updates. More precisely, this risk is close to almost 100%.
The Topic of Article: How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10: 3 current ways.