How to Upgrade to Windows 10 the right way

With this Guide you will Install Windows 10 like a Boss

First of all – There are two options available.

  1. Upgrade to Windows 10 from a previous Windows Version (Windows 7, Windows 8.1)
  2. make a clean Installation of Windows 10

If you want to take use of the free Windows Upgrade that is still available for some persons, you can’t make a fresh Installation in the first place, because you’ll have no License Key available. In that case you need to do an upgrade from your previous Windows version.

Exception: If you are a part of the Windows Insider Program you could download the Preview Build 10565 that allows you to do a fresh Installation too. Microsoft now allows Activation with a Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 Key.

Keep in mind that you only can upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. If you are still running Windows XP, you need (and should) make a fresh Win 10 Install.
What is difference between Upgrade and Install Windows 10

When you choose to upgrade from your existing Installation to Windows 10, the biggest advantage is, that you’ll keep all your existing data. Your saved pictures, documents and files will be still available after the upgrade.

Also your installed programs like your E-Mail Client, Browser or Office Application will be ready to use after the upgrade, as long as they are compatible with Windows 10 which could be a problem for some very rare and old programs.

  • keep your existing files
  • keep your installed applications
  • keep your system settings (WiFi, …)
  • very easy process

  • drags old unused files
  • System may become unstable


When you choose to make a fresh Installation of Windows 10, you won’t be able to keep your data, unless you make a backup (which is recommend) before the Installation process and recover that data when the Installation is done.

Keep in mind that this will only work for your files. Your installed applications need to be reinstalled. On some applications you can backup your settings and recover them too.

  • no old unused files
  • best integration of new applications
  • clean setup

  • need to recover your files
  • need to install all software
  • need to check for drivers
  • maybe need to create boot device

Now that you know about the difference, you need to make your choice.

If you prefer a new and clean Installation than check out our How-to install Windows 10 for more details.

Otherwise, keep reading.

Check Windows 10 System Requirements

If you want to upgrade your device to Windows 10 there are some minimum hardware requirements.

Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
RAM:/td> 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard disk space:/td> 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
Graphics card:/td> DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
Display: 800×600

As you probably see, this are the very minimum hardware specs that are more covering the use on a tablet than on a PC. But if you are running Windows 7 or Windows 8, your Hardware can run Windows 10 as well.

Microsoft will upgrade you to a like-to-like Windows 10 version. For example, if you’re running Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home or Windows 8.1 you’ll get Windows 10 Home.
If you are currently running Windows 7 Pro, Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 8.1. Pro you’ll get Windows 10 Pro.

More details and a tool to find out which version you are currently on and a System Check is available at the Windows 10 Specification Site.

Get a Windows 10 Installation Key

The free Windows upgrade period is over but you could still use the accessibility offer to get a free Upgrade or use an existing Windows 7 or Windows 8, 8.1 Key.

If you don’t have a key yet but want to do the Installation now anyway, you could do so. Even if you don’t provide a key during the installation process, you can later go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation and enter a Windows 7 or 8.1 key there instead of a Windows 10 key.

If you want to purchase a Windows 10 Key, you can buy one at the Amazon Links below and receive the key by E-Mail. There is no need for a physical device like a DVD.

Choose your deal
Backup your Data

Even if your files and settings will not get lost through the upgrade process, it’s always good practice to make a backup of the files you definitively want to keep.

If you already got a backup solution make a backup with that, otherwise just simply copy all your data on an external (!) device like an USB drive. Its very important that you don’t safe your files on the same hard drive that you upgrade Windows to.

Upgrade to Windows 10

You checked your System Requirements, got a Windows Serial Number, made a backup of your data and are now ready to finally upgrade to Windows 10.

The Installation/Upgrade process is very simple and straight forward but let’s go through it.

1Download the Windows 10 Installer from Microsoft by clicking on “Download tool now”

2Execute (double click) the downloaded file and you’ll be prompted immediately to start the upgrade process.

3Follow the Installation Process and choose “Upgrade” when prompted.

4If you already got a valid Windows 10 License Key type it in when prompted, otherwise skip that step and add the key later like mentioned above.

5That’s it! Reboot your Computer and start using Windows 10.

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