How To Get Ready For Windows 7 End Of Life

Despite being nearly nine years old, Windows 7 is still one of the most widely used desktop operating systems in the world, with just under 40% of Windows computers running it. That means, if people don’t start switching to Windows 8 or higher(preferably Windows 10), there will be a lot more extremely vulnerable computers out there come 2020. Without regular security updates being issued by Microsoft,hackers will be able to have a field day attacking outdated software.

Upgrade To Windows 10 Using The Media Creation Tool

Use this process if you did not order a USB stick. After you have purchased your license of Windows 10, follow the steps below to install and activate it.

Download the ISO file for your architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) and language. Extract the ISO file to your local file system, removable drive, or burn it to a DVD.

To extract the ISO installation files to a removable USB storage device, you can use an unzip app such as 7zip. Extract the file contents to a folder on your local drive in your existing Windows OS. 

Note that if you want to get an option to keep all your files and apps, it’s best to initiate the process from Windows 7. 

If you do a clean install of Windows 10 from a USB drive or DVD, you will not see this option, and your files and apps will be lost.

Start the upgrade by running setup.exe.

Windows will walk you through the installation process. The first recommendation is to download drivers, updates, and other optional features. You should accept these options to help ensure a successful upgrade.

  • Select your edition of Windows.
  • Read and accept the license terms.
  • Windows’ default install configuration is to keep your apps and files.
  • Click Install.
It will take several minutes for your installation to complete. You can find your apps and folders in the same locations on Windows 10 as they were on Windows 7.

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