Microsoft discontinued providing support for Windows 7 with effect from January 14, 2020. It means you cannot see updates for bug fixing, security enhancement, regular software updates. So, your system falls behind later versions in all ways due to outdated software and system processes.
We know; you don’t want that. So, how to continue with your Windows 7 now?
Before you prepare yourself to tolerate an outdated system or plan to switch your old computer with a new one, let us make you happy with the news that you can still upgrade your Windows 7 to Windows 10 with a genuine license key.
You can do this by accessing the official Microsoft website and follow the steps we have mentioned below in this post.
Can I use my Windows 7 still in 2021 after its discontinuation?
Although the new updates are not coming your way on Windows 7 since the company has ended its support commitment to the version, you can still use your Windows 7. It is running and all things are working. However, they won’t work for long and whenever you face an issue on your registered Windows 7, you won’t be able to find a genuine fix for it from the company.
Should I upgrade my Windows to Windows 10?
The answer is yes, you should. Upgrading will ensure that you can enjoy latest and most secure updates on your computer.
Getting prepared to upgrading to Windows 10
You require 16GB minimum on your hard disk to install Windows 10. Also, make sure all the important data, files, documents, etc. are safe on the cloud or in an external drive. Open Control Panel > System Security. Click “Back up your computer“. Next, create a system image using the left panel. Choose a location and hit the button with words, “Start backup” on it. It will make a backup of everything on your Windows including your data and settings.
Update windows 7 to windows 10 – Step-by-step
All data saved. Now it’s the time for the main task. Here’s the complete tutorial of how you can bring Windows 10 on your computer:
- Access the official Microsoft website to download Windows 10
- Go to the section that says, “Create Windows 10 installation media”
- Click the “Download tool now” button
- The setup downloading will start
- When the downloading completes, run the setup to initiate installation
- When it finishes, run the app and select “Upgrade this PC now” whenever it prompts the option
- You will see two options, next to select any one: start afresh or keep your files. Be mindful that even if you select ‘keep your files,’ it will still delete your settings and apps after the upgrade. That is why, it’s good to make a backup of all important things beforehand
- When the process finishes, a license for Windows 10 will be delivered to Settings > Update & Security > Activation
That’s about it! You can now restore your backed up data by heading to the search bar to enter ‘recovery‘ in it. Select the option with the same name from the list that opens next. Head to “Advanced recovery methods” and click on the system image you created a while back.