Microsoft stunned the world when it announced that anyone with a computer running on a certified copy of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 would be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. This applies not only to traditional desktop PCs, but also to laptops, tablets and convertible PCs as well. In an effort to simplify and streamline the Windows 10 upgrade process as much as possible, Microsoft has created an integrated tool that largely automates the process.

Before upgrading to Windows 10, you must first ensure that your current machine is completely up to date. This includes not only the required updates, but also any optional updates related to the Windows environment. These files can be downloaded and installed by running Windows Update.

If you are running on Windows 7:

  1. Open the Start Menu
  2. Open Control Panel
  3. Select Windows Update (if you are in “Category” view, you may need to switch to “Small icons” to see this option)
  4. Check for, download and install all the available updates

If you are running on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen if you are on a touch-enabled device
  2. Move your mouse pointer to the lower-right corner of the screen if you are using a mouse
  3. Tap or click on Settings
  4. Select Change PC Settings
  5. Tap or click on “Update and recovery” from the left pane
  6. Download and install the available updates

After all the updates have been installed from Windows Update, the “Get Windows 10” app should be installed on your computer. This app checks the compatibility of your computer with Windows 10 and walks you through the upgrade process.

  1. Click on the Windows icon in the system tray to open the “Get Windows 10” application
  2. Click on “Reserve your free upgrade” in the resulting window
  3. Enter your email address to receive confirmation of your reservation
  4. Wait for the notification informing you that the Windows 10 upgrade is now available for you
  5. Choose when you would like the upgrade to occur

It is highly recommended that you back up all of your data before proceeding with the Windows 10 upgrade. Your programs and files should be retained following the transition, but problems and errors are entirely possible. If you are the least bit unsure, request technical assistance from our team of experts to guide you through the process.

It is also important to note that the above instructions are for single devices operating in more of a consumer-oriented environment. If you operate within a managed environment, as if oftentimes the case with most businesses, particularly those with specific network and software deployment requirements, it is best to contact your IT administrator to ask for the Windows 10 upgrade. The expert technicians at Netdigix have been specifically trained for these types of deployments and they are only a phone call away.

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