Would you use a 10-year smartphone? Probably not. But surprisingly, many people have chosen to continue using one piece of technology that has been around for more than a decade: Windows 7.
If you are a Windows 7 diehard that was put off by Windows 8 and never upgraded to Windows 10, now it's time. After January 14, "technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC are no longer available," Microsoft said.
Translation: Microsoft will no longer roll out bug fixes to Windows 7, so your PC runs the risk of being infected by a virus.
Every day I take advantage of new tools in Windows 10 – my favorite lately is Clipboard History ̵
So how can you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10? First of all, if your PC is as old as the previous operating system, you should consider buying a new one. Today's PCs offer faster CPUs and more storage than anything available at the time.
If your hardware is still relatively high-performance, upgrading is fairly easy and you don't even have to lose any data or program files. Windows 10 includes an older mode for running older applications, so most of what you want to run is still running in the new operating system. And as soon as you upgrade to Windows 10, you will receive free OS updates and functions from that moment on.
A year after Windows 10 was first launched, it was a free upgrade. For those who have not taken advantage of that offer, there are some cheats to get Windows 10 for free, if your conscience allows. One way is to simply use the official Windows 10 upgrade tool on your existing PC and see if the license has been accepted.
Can my PC run Windows 10?
The first step is to determine if your computer is capable of the new operating system. Most PCs that can run Windows 7 can also run Windows 10 because the requirements are not very demanding. Of course you can use the compatibility tool, but here are the minimum system requirements for Windows 10:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster compatible processor or System on a Chip (SoC)  RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
- Hard disk size: 32 GB or larger hard disk
- Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display: 800 by 600
download I recommend installing the 64-bit option if your hardware supports this because more software is running on it and you will be able to benefit from more RAM. In addition to these hardware requirements, you also need an internet connection to get started. The installation program offers you the possibility to connect to Wi-Fi.
Getting Windows 10
The official way to get Windows 10 is through Microsoft's online store. However, before you pay on that site, you can try to go directly to the Windows 10 download site and upgrade without purchasing a new license.
As with any OS installation, it's a good idea to back up your data before the jump. You can choose from one of our favorite third-party backup software options, an online backup solution or the built-in backup capabilities of Windows (. Under the System and security heading in the Control Panel, click Back up your computer
You have two options on the download page: run the installation program directly from the site or download a bootable ISO disk image and restart the patient computer with a USB stick created with that plug-in. The upgrade process fortunately retains your programs & data files, but you can choose to keep only data or keep nothing.I recommend upgrading using the USB method, which works in more cases.
If you are asked during the installation process to enter a license key that you do not have, you can go to the store site linked above and purchase a license A Windows 10 Home license costs $ 139; P ro costs $ 199.99. You only need the latter if you need to run virtual machines, BitLocker encryption, and a connection to a corporate network domain. The Windows 10 Pro option for workstations ($ 309) is only interesting for those who use special corporate hardware and not for standard consumer desktops or laptops.
Looking around for cheaper license keys can save you a little money. I found Windows 10 license keys for $ 10 less at major online retailers. You will also see OEM versions, but they do not include support from Microsoft (which, based on a recent experience, is very good).
Once you get started with a contemporary operating system, you can read about how to use it on PCMag.com. A few of our Help articles include How to set up a VPN in Windows 10, How to synchronize your phone with Windows 10 and Take screen shots in Windows.