Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 can seem like a daunting task, especially if you have important data on your computer that you don’t want to lose. Fortunately, Microsoft has made the upgrade process relatively simple and, in most cases, you can keep all your files and apps during the upgrade. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps needed to upgrade your Windows 7 computer to Windows 10 without losing any data.
Step 1: Backup Your Data
Although the Windows 10 upgrade process is designed to keep your files and apps intact, it’s always a good idea to backup your data before making major changes to your computer. You can use an external hard drive or a cloud service like OneDrive or Google Drive to backup your important files.
Step 2: Check Your Computer’s Compatibility
Before upgrading, it’s crucial to ensure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 10. These requirements include:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
- Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS or 20 GB for 64-bit OS
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display: 800 x 600 resolution
Step 3: Obtain a Windows 10 License
If you haven’t already, you’ll need to purchase a valid Windows 10 license. You can do this through the Microsoft Store or from a trusted retailer.
Step 4: Download the Windows 10 Installation Media
Next, you’ll need to download the Windows 10 installation media from Microsoft’s website. Follow these steps:
- Go to the Windows 10 download page.
- Click the Download tool now button.
- Once the download is complete, open the file to launch the Media Creation Tool.
Step 5: Upgrade to Windows 10
Now that you have the Media Creation Tool, follow these steps to upgrade your Windows 7 computer to Windows 10:
- Run the Media Creation Tool and accept the license terms.
- Select the Upgrade this PC now option and click Next.
- The tool will begin downloading Windows 10. This may take some time, depending on your internet connection.
- Once the download is complete, the tool will check for updates and then verify the download.
- When prompted, enter your Windows 10 product key.
- Choose the Keep personal files and apps option when asked what you want to keep during the upgrade.
- Click Install to begin the upgrade process. Your computer will restart several times during the installation.
- After the installation is complete, follow the on-screen instructions to finalize the setup.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully upgraded your Windows 7 computer to Windows 10 without losing any data. We recommend exploring the new features Windows 10 has to offer and ensuring that all your apps and files are working as expected.