How to download and install Windows 10 Free on PC [Guide]

Windows 10The next generation of Windows-powered computing — Windows 10 — is now here for all. There are some discrepancies issued by Microsoft for users who are downloading the software, though. Firstly, it is available for all, but it’s not free for all. We will run through the requirements for installing Windows 10 on PC after the drop.

REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 SP1.
  • Backup your data before starting. You’ll need an external hard drive or a OneDrive account. OneDrive will store the data in the Microsoft-owned cloud.
  • Your PC must meet the minimum requirements for the Windows 10 upgrade.
  • Reserve a Windows 10 copy already.

HOW TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL WINDOWS 10 ON PC FOR FREE

  1. Navigate to the Windows Update.
  2. Click the “Check for Updates” check if your reserved Windows 10 update is ready.
    – note that everyone will find this update ready at different times. Not all people will find the update ready — even the ones who have reserved it.
  3. You can force start the free Windows 10 upgrade if you are seeing the “We’ll let you know when the upgrade is ready to be installed on this PC” message. Those who have the download starting can continue to the next step.
  4. Wait until the download completes and click the “Restart Now” box on the display.
  5. Upon restarting the PC, you will be greeted with the upgrade process. Note that downloading and updating are two different things. Now we are updating to the Windows 10.
  6. Click the “Start Upgrade Now” button that’s on the bottom right side of the screen.
  7. Watch as the PC reboots automatically once again and then divides your installation into three sections: Copying files, Installing features and drivers and Configuring settings.
  8. Do not touch any buttons and wait patiently for Windows to complete. It’s normal for the PC to restart automatically a few times during the process.
  9. Eventually, you’ll get the “Hi there, welcome back!” greeting with your user account.

Now you are ready to start using Windows 10!

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  • Mikerman

    An update as to the EaseUS Win10 rollback program mentioned below: one tech. blogger has noted that when he actually put the program through its paces, repeatedly, it wouldn’t perform, and hence, he couldn’t recommend it. Simply FYI.

  • Mags

    Thx Mathew

    I think what I will do instead is update my recently purchased Acer Switch notebook/tablet Win 8.1 to Win 10 and see how I like it. I still have a year to decide if I want to upgrade my Win 7 to Win 10.

    BTW I do have 2 licenses for Win 7 as right now I have it registered under the OEM key, but have never used the key on the sticker attached to the PC which is a different key number. So, technically I can have a dual boot if I install Win 7 using the sticker key on another drive, and upgrade my current Win 7 to Win 10 on my current drive with the OEM key.

  • Mathew

    [@Mags] You can and I recommend it.

    Wait, let me look into that.

    Update: You can’t dual boot the free upgrade. Dual boots require purchases.

    Update 2: It is possible. You can read the answer down the page here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/insider_wintp-insider_install/free-upgrade-from-windows-7-to-windows-10-dual/29b232b2-ac67-45d6-be88-ac14b0c7bf8e?auth=1

  • Mags

    Just want to know. I want to install Win 10 but not install over my Win 7. Therefore I want to create a dual boot. Can I still use my Win 7 key to install Win 10?

  • Mikerman

    @Tommy TwoTone: Win10 has the ability to roll back to Win8.1 in the first month of use, if you decide you don’t like 10. :) Also, you may want to check out similar freeware from EaseUS, which will do the same but without the one month time restriction. http://www.easeus.com/system-go-back

  • Tommy TwoTone

    This is all kinda scary. Better not make my new laptop crap out on me….

  • Mikerman

    The other option, to go when you want to: simply download Windows 10 and proceed as you like. With the ability to create a USB, DVD and ISO file.

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10