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Windows 7 end-of-life: How to switch to Windows 10

Are you still running Windows 7? While we understand you might not want to upgrade because you’re comfortable with 7, keep in mind you’re keeping your computer from reaching its full potential.

You don’t have to upgrade, but Microsoft did reveal Windows 7 support came to an end in January 2020.

The company is encouraging users to upgrade to Windows 10 to keep their devices running securely and without interruption. Tap or click here to learn why you should make the move from Windows 7.

I’m not sure I want to upgrade

It’s worth noting Microsoft has promised to extend its Windows 7 support for businesses through 2023, but it may be less expensive and easier to just upgrade to Windows 10 now.

Windows 10 does make multitasking easier with half-and quarter-monitor sizes for different windows, and there are drag options to automatically set window sizes. It’s also more secure and offers relevant updates.

Plus, new apps and programs are actually compatible with Windows 10. If for no other reason, you should consider upgrading to Windows 10 so you can get the most updated versions of native programs and to download great new software. Tap or click here to see a few great Windows 10 features.

If you’re ready to upgrade, the Windows 10 OS is available on Microsoft’s website for $139.

OK, I want to upgrade. How do I do it?

The newer your Windows system is, the easier it will be to upgrade. But if your system dates back to the time when Windows 7 was first introduced, you may not have all of the technical requirements needed to make a smooth transition to the newer system. Microsoft has posted these requirements on their website:

  • 1 GHz or faster compatible processor.
  • 1GB RAM for 32-bit; 2GB for 64-bit.
  • Up to 20GB available hard disk space.
  • 800 x 600 screen resolution or higher. DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver.
  • Internet access.
  • Microsoft account required for some features, and watching DVDs requires separate playback software.

Despite Microsoft’s improvements for its upgrade process with Windows 10, there’s always a chance the upgrade will fail during the download process. To avoid any problems, back up your entire system before you begin the upgrade. That way you can easily recover anything that may be lost as a result of a failed download. 

We suggest backing up your data in a cloud service like IDrive. Learn how IDrive can protect your priceless memories and important documents by tapping or clicking here.

Additionally, it’s strongly advised you uninstall any software, such as antivirus or any old third-party applications, that may prevent you from successfully upgrading to Windows 10.

Once you’ve backed up your information and uninstalled unnecessary software, go the the Microsoft website to purchase Windows 10 Home (or purchase the Pro version for small business use) and follow the prompts. Then:

  1. Select Download tool and click Run.
  2. Accept the License terms.
  3. On the What do you want to do? page, click Upgrade this PC now, then choose Next.
  4. The install program will download and install, then walk you through the Windows 10 setup.
  5. Type in a valid Windows 10 key, which should have been sent to you when you purchased the upgrade. If Windows 10 was ever installed on the device before, the original product key will be automatically applied.
  6. When Windows 10 is ready to be installed, the computer will display the choices you made during the install program setup. To keep previously downloaded files on your device, make sure “Keep personal files and apps” is on this recap page.
  7. Save your choices and close any open apps your device is running,  then click Install.
  8. Do not turn off your PC during the installation period.

After the upgrade is complete, your device should restart itself and you’re ready to explore Windows 10 features. If you have any further questions or concerns, refer to Microsoft’s FAQ page.

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