How to Install Windows 10
They say Windows 10 will be the last ever version of Windows, and that succeeding updates to the platform would no longer require a major system overhaul.
While upgrading operating systems in the decades past required major changes, it is said that Windows’ last edition would no longer require the same from hereonforth.
And if you happen to be reading this article before July 29, 2016, there’s a huge chance you can update to the highly anticipated Windows platform entirely for free — as it was recently announced that devices running on Windows 7 and Windows 8 are now eligible to avail of the upgrade.
“But how do you install it?” A lot of people that try to install Windows 10 Anniversary Update or from scratch have problems.
Here are some tips on how to install Windows 10 on your computer:
The Right Edition
You might be surprised to know that Windows 10 has numerous editions — seven of them, to be exact. But the versions that matter the most are the ones that closely resemble the past editions of the platform, simply because these are the versions that most of us will have no problem trying to understand.
These versions are Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro Editions.
Computers running on Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Starter Edition are eligible for a free upgrade to the Windows 10 Home Edition, provided that the upgrade is downloaded before the date mentioned above.
After the said date, a Windows 10 Home Edition upgrade will cost $119.99, while a Windows 10 Pro Edition upgrade will cost $199.99.
If you use your computer strictly for personal use, the Windows 10 Home Edition is likely the version that will suit you best.
Before upgrading to the latest Windows edition, you should know that files kept on your system will still be there even after the upgrade is completely installed.
It would be best, however, to keep copies of your files on other places such as memory sticks and cloud services, just so you’ll have a copy of them in case anything goes wrong — although it is highly unlikely for anything to go wrong at this stage.
Another thing that you should realize is that some default apps from past versions of Windows may disappear right after the upgrade. This is because Windows 10 has its own version of these apps.
Games like Hearts and Solitaire from past versions of the platform, for example, will no longer be available after the upgrade as Windows 10 has its own version of these games.
With that said, this is how to install Windows 10 on your computer:
After carefully considering the Windows 10 version that you think will suit you best, as well as cautiously assessing the warnings mentioned, you are now ready for your upgrade.
But first, you will have to check if your device is in fact eligible for the upgrade. Remember, only devices properly registered with Microsoft’s system are eligible for the said upgrade.
Devices running on pirated version of Windows’ platform are not eligible to upgrade.
To verify if your device is in fact eligible, simply click on the Windows logo on the bottom right-hand corner of your screen and register, and your download should start soon after.
Don’t see the logo? It’s likely that your device is not eligible.
Aside from installing Windows 10 in-OS through the method mentioned above, users also have other options to choose from. One of the safest of these options is installing the update from a DVD.
If you happen to have a copy of the platform on a DVD, here’s how to install Windows 10 on your computer using a DVD.
- Insert DVD onto your computer’s disc drive.
- Restart your computer.
- As your computer restarts, the system will automatically boot from the inserted DVD and installation of Windows 10 will automatically commence.
- Follow the prompts on the screen that follows.
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