Windows 10 is the definitive operating system from Microsoft. In the future, barring surprises, we will no longer witness the release of new versions of Windows. The American company claims to have reached a more than excellent level of maturity of its OS, and will focus daily to update it, and improve it, continuously. So we said: it’s time to clarify how we can install Windows 10
Windows 10: the definitive Operating System
Despite its many defects, Windows 10 will be destined to become the most used operating system in the world. You don’t want me to still use the sacred Windows 7, but Windows 10 is the future. Microsoft’s support for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 will soon end. This means that you will no longer receive those annoying updates from Windows Update . ” BETTER “, you say ! ” Worse for you “, I say ! Because those updates, so much box breaker , allow your computer to work better, and in total safety. You can hate them as much as you want: but if you then take the virus on duty, and lose all your data, don’t go blaming someone!Forewarned is forearmed!
The wisest thing to do is: install Windows 10, and forget about previous versions!
Update Windows 7/8 to Windows 10
If you have not already done so, it is the right time to do a good cleaning of your computer, and make the transition to Windows 10. Take an external hard disk, or a USB stick, like the ones below, and save all your important data: photos, documents, music, videos, etc.
Now you can make 2 choices:
- Update your PC, without formatting it
- Update your PC by formatting it, and erasing all the data
Update your PC to Windows 10 without formatting
Operation not recommended (in the next point we analyze why).
Just go to the following link and you will find yourself on the official Microsoft website, where you can download a tool that will help you install the upgrade to Windows 10 step by step without losing your data. All you need to do is open the assistant and click on “Update now”. But, as I wrote a few lines ago, it is good and fair to always have a security backup. In the event that something does not go well, you will still sleep soundly.
Update your PC to Windows 10 by formatting
Why is it better to format? Because if you do not do this, when you change the operating system, there will always be residual files from the old OS in the memory. This happens because not always, with a software update, it is possible to delete all the old useless files present in the memory. These residual files will take up precious space on your memory, and could create problems for the new operating system installed!
Without this premise, to make a clean installation of Windows 10, you will always have to go to this link to download the update assistant. This time, however, you will have to click on the item for “Create an installation medium for another PC”, and then on “USB Flash Drive”. You will need to have a USB stick of at least 8 GB in order for the installation files of Windows 10 to be downloaded inside.
You can also use a blank DVD as an alternative, but since Windows 10 weighs a lot, you will need a dual-layer one . In short, get a stick .
I recommend … You are well under way, but you have saved all your files! ?? !!?
Now that we have created the support with the new operating system, you have to make sure that, at power on, the PC does not load the old operating system, but the new one from the stick. To do this we must enter the BIOS of our computer. Depending on the PC model you have, the keys to be pressed immediately after power on (or boot), change. I suggest you look for this detail on Google (for example, for ASUS PCs, the key is usually F2). Understood how to access the BIOS, we will have to convince the system to read the data from the stick, and not from the main Hard Disk. To do this we have to change the boot order of the computer, putting the USB stick first.
Once this is done, the files will be loaded from the stick, and a guided graphical interface will open, which will let you set up your new Windows 10. 8)
Install Windows 10 on an external HDD / SSD
We can also install Windows 10 in a support external to the main memory of the computer. The starting point is always the assistant that you can download from the Microsoft site , because the procedure to follow is the same as the previous point, only that when you choose where to install Windows 10 , you will not choose the C: disk, but your external device (which usually corresponds to D: or E :).
Install Windows 10 in a virtual machine
A virtual machine is like a virtual computer: that is, go to emulate a new computer, as if it were a simple program. Thanks to a free software like VirtualBox it is possible to create one or more virtual machines. The advantage of using a virtual machine is that you can have “one computer on the computer”. It is usually used to experiment and not harm your real computer . To do this experiment, just get the ISO of Windows 10, always downloadable from the now famous assistant, going to the item “Create an installation support for another PC” and then clicking on “ISO File”.
Do I need to buy a Windows 10 license?
If you already have a Windows 7 or Windows 8 license, you don’t need to purchase a new Windows 10 license
At the time of the update, in older PCs, you will be asked to enter the “Product KEY”. Okay both Windows 7 and Windows 8, which you can find on the label stuck under your PC. This will be automatically converted into a Windows 10 Product KEY. In case it gets riufiato, you can call the Microsoft support number that you will find indicated in the screen that appears, so you can solve the problem.
In newer PCs, the Product KEY is stored in the memories, so it is automatically recovered by the installation software, without you having to worry .
If instead you don’t have any Windows license, then yes, you will have to buy a license, like the one you can find in the link below!
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