How To Upgrade Windows 7 And 8.1 To Windows 10 For Free

Complete Guideline to upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1 to Windows OS for free          

If you are Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users and looking to upgrade your older version of Windows OS to Windows 10, then you are in right place. Here, we are discussing about that. If you are facing any problems like serious errors during installation that causes Windows 10 upgrade fails, don’t be panics. The complete guideline is given here. Read it carefully.

Microsoft’s free upgrade offer for older version users has been ended few years ago. But technical upgrade to Windows 10 is still possible so you can still upgrade free of charge. For those who are not aware, Microsoft Company explained that they have removed the special upgrade offer websites. They also states that if you continue want to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating System, then you need to active Windows 10 licenses. However, many researchers have stated that the “Free upgrade still works”.

According to “The Verge”, it is very simple for any users to upgrade their older version of OS like Windows 7 and 8.1 to Windows 10, whether your PC supports for Windows 10. In order to upgrade Windows 7 OS to Windows 10, it could wipe your System’s settings and apps. While there is an option to keep safe your personal files and data, but it is not possible keep safe all your existing apps because of differences in both OS. Before going for any implement any steps to upgrade OS, you should make sure that the app you are using regularly on your PC whether it can be obtain them by downloading the installer again. The same process will be applied for Windows 8.1 OS, but without needing to wipe your apps and System’s settings.

How to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10?

Step 1: At first, you must check that you have strong backup of your important documents, apps and data. If not, you must create backup of your personal data.

Step 2: Visit Microsoft’s Windows download website

Step 3: Now, select “Download Tool Now” under “Create Windows 10 Installation Media Section” and run the application.

Step 4: In the prompted Window, Select “Upgrade this PC now”

Step 5: During the process, you will be asked whether you want to keep your personal files or start fresh.

Note: In case if you choose “Start Fresh”, all apps and settings will be deleted for the Windows upgrade

Step 6: Wait for complete the upgrade process. Once done, please check if you receive a digital license for Windows 10.

Step 7: To check Digital license for Windows 10, go to “Settings > Update & Security > Activation”

How to upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10?

Step 1: Press “Windows +X” key or right click on “Start” butting and select “Control Panel”

Step 2: In the Control Panel, select “Windows Update”

Step 3: You will see the Windows 10 Upgrade is ready. Click on “Get Started” button

Note: The upgrade might fail at first, but you can try again.

Step 4: Once it begin, just like with the upgrade in Windows 7. You need to click on “Accept” to accept the agreement

Step 5: After that, you will get the option “Update Now” or “Schedule it for later time”. It is just like Windows 7 you get three-day Window to schedule the upgrade.

Note: Your PC will restart several times, just let it to do its thing

Step 6: After complete the installation, you will get “Welcome Back Screen” and you start clicking via the on-screen setup instructions.

Step 7: The screen will also tell you new apps like Groove Music, TV & Movies Store, Photos and the new Edge browser. After that, you can login into your PC with Microsoft Account credentials that you were used for Windows 8.1 OS.

Step 8: You will need to wait a bit while Microsoft Sets up your apps and gets things ready for you.

Step 9: Once done, you will brought to your new & fresh Windows 10 desktop with several new features like new Start menu, Cortana and Action Center.

How to solve? Windows 10 upgrade fails due to several problems

As discussed above, you have already known that How to install Windows 10 on your PC. You can simply follow the given steps to install Windows 10 or upgrade from older version of Windows to Windows 10. Many users have reported about issue regarding upgrading their older OS to Windows 10. They reported that they are facing serious errors or bugs in order to upgrade their PCs and hence, the Windows 10 upgrade fails. Researchers explained that the bugs occur during installation due to several problems and it is possible to detect and fix it. So, let’s take have a look at solution to fix Windows 10 upgrade problems

Method 1: Remove or disconnect non-essential devices attached to your System

Researchers state that issue during installation of Windows 10 upgrade might occurs because of non-essential external devices connected to your computer. The non-essential external devices during installation are printer, scanner, etc so you have to remove or disconnect these devices from your computer and keep only the bare essentials devices like keyboard, mouse, and installation media drives.

Method 2: Block your antivirus utility, non-essential services and start-up programs

It is strongly recommended to disable antivirus, antispyware, and firewall utilities if you are going to upgrade older version of Windows OS to Windows 10. A typical blacker for Windows Setup is security utilities so it should disable before upgrading Windows Operating System. Background process or programs starts with Windows can also cause issue in installation so configure Windows OS to do clean boot before upgrading Windows. To do this, read & follow the given steps.

Step 1: Press “CTRL + Shift + ESC” to open Task Manager

Step 2: Select “Startup” tab and disable background startup programs and security programs as well

Method 3: Make sure RAM memory is working or not

It might possible to get serious errors while upgrading Windows 10 or previous versions of Windows due to bad memory modules. Due to this factor, Windows setup refuses to install. So in this case you have to check which memory module might be faculty and try removing or reducing the amount of installed RAM to single stick. You can check faculty RAM by try switching around the money modules between different memory banks.

Many users have reported that Windows 10 kept crashing with error messages like “DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE”. We suggest you to switch one of modules from memory bands 2 to 3 and System booted the PC without a problem. In case a memory bank doesn’t work, then it is sure that you might have faculty memory modules. In this case, you use powerful testing tool like Windows Memory Diagnostic tool or memtest86+ Tool and run the scan to determine which might be faculty.

You can run this process from boot disk or CD and should remove or confirm if one or more of your memory sticks are bad or SPD values in the BIOS are correct. Now, you can wait for several hours and if no errors by then, your RAM is Ok.

Method 4: Remove or disconnect multiple hard drives

If you are using multiple hard drives on your PC for various purposes, then it might be good for files security purposes because your data are stored on several hard drives. But if you are upgrading your Windows OS, then you should have only one hard drives where Windows 10 will be installed and rest hard drives must be disconnect. If your RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks) configuration, then disable your RAID Controller. Moreover, you have to remove also external hard drives or USB key attached to your computer. To do this, read & follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Press “Windows + X” or click on “Start” button and search and go for “Device Manager”

Step 2: Now, search for “Disk Devices” and expand it

Step 3: Select the device from the list and right click on it and then click on “Disable”

Note: You never disable the main hard drive where you will install Windows 10

Method 5: Make sure you have enough memory space

If your hard disk is full, then it might possible that Windows setup will not install successfully and might trigger errors. You should to know that Windows 10 requires minimum 16GB for 32 bit or 20GB for 64 bit architecture of disk space. So if you want to upgrade, then you should free up hard disk space by moving several files including documents, movies, music, images, videos and other files to an external media drives. On other hand, System reserve partition needs to be at least 300 to 450 MB and if it is small, then you might get serious error message and hence upgrade can’t finished.  To check drive size, follow & read the instructions given below.

Step 1: Press “Windows + R” key from keyboard and type “diskmgmt.msc” and then press “Enter” key

Step 2: Click on “System Drive” to view the size

Method 6: Make sure you chose the right partition during setup

You should make sure you choose the right partition of hard drives for installation of Windows 10. In order to performing clean install or dual booting, Windows OS creates additional portions during setup. You should avoid selecting “System Reserved partition” which is used to store recovery of files.

Method 7: How to restore redirected personal folders to their original locations

You should restore your personal folders on their original locations if you have change its location on another partition or drives for storage benefits. Although, Microsoft officials have also stated that the configuration is still supported, you still come across bugs as a result of it.

 Method 8: Check for System requirement before upgrading to Windows 10

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Free hard disk space: 16 GB for 31 bits and 20GB for 64 bits
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
  • A Microsoft account and Internet access is also required

You should make sure that the CPU processor must support Physical Address Extension (PAE), NX and SSE2 features is enabled. It most of the cases users receive this error because NX feature is not enabled on their System. So, you should check for it.


I am sure this article helped you upgrade older version of Windows like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. We have also discussed that being users you might face several problems or issues during upgrading Windows. So, we provide the proper guideline to reduce errors that could help you to install the update successfully. You can implement the methods on your computer as per System requirements. If you have any suggestions or queries, please write on comment box given below.