The 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.
- 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 Free on PC
Navigate to the Windows Update.
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.)
You can force start the free Windows 10 upgrade if you see the “We’ll let you know when the upgrade is ready to be installed on this PC” message. Those who have the download start can continue to the next step.
Wait until the download completes and click the “Restart Now” box on the display.
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.
Click the “Start Upgrade Now” button that’s on the bottom right side of the screen.
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.
Do not touch any buttons and wait patiently for Windows to complete. It’s normal for the PC to restart a few times automatically during the process.
Eventually, you’ll get the “Hi there, welcome back!” greeting with your user account.
Now you are ready to start using Windows 10.