If you’re currently running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update, follow these instructions to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
Before you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free, your current version of Windows must be activated with a genuine license. To make sure it’s activated, from Start, search for File Explorer and select it from the search results. Press-and-hold or right-click This PC and select Properties. Your Windows activation status is listed at the bottom.
To upgrade to Windows 10:
- Run the media creation tool.
If you're upgrading the device you downloaded the tool on, select Upgrade this PC now.
If you want to create media to upgrade a different device, select Create installation media for another PC.
Choose the language, edition, and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) for Windows 10. This table will help you decide which edition of Windows 10 you’ll need
|Windows version being upgraded||Windows 10 edition|
Note: If you have an N edition of Windows on your PC, choose the N equivalent of Windows 10 for creating installation media.
Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 8.1 with Bing
Windows 10 Home
|Windows 10 Home|
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 8 Pro
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 8/8.1 Professional with Media Center
Windows 10 Pro
|Windows 10 Pro|
Windows 8/8.1 Single Language
Windows 8 Single Language with Bing
|Windows 10 Home Single Language|
Windows 8/8.1 Chinese Language Edition
Windows 8 Chinese Language Edition with Bing
|Windows 10 Home China|
If you chose Upgrade this PC, follow the steps in the tool to finish the upgrade to Windows 10.
If you chose to create media, follow the steps to create the media. After the media is created, select Finish, and then follow one of these instructions:
If you’re using a USB flash drive or a DVD, insert it into the device you want to upgrade and then run setup.exe.
Once the upgrade starts, remove the USB flash drive or DVD before the first time the installation restarts your device. If you don’t, the device will boot from the media again and will restart the whole installation process.
- If you created an ISO file, move the ISO file to that device, mount it, and then run setup.exe.
- Follow the instructions to finish upgrading to Windows 10.