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How Do I Update to Windows 10 from Microsoft Windows 7/8.1? | Windows 10 Free Update Guide

Microsoft admits Windows 10 may freeze after installing the Anniversary Update. Should I update? How can I fix the Windows 10 update problem?

For most people, "upgrade" is more like raising a higher grade or standard of a product that you are suggested to pay extra money, due to, for example, a major and standalone version of a software product. But "update", say, the update of a software program or operating system, is usually downloadable free of charge. In this connection, it might be considered more accurately to phrase "Windows 10 update" than "Windows 10 upgrade", because the OS stepping service enabled by Microsoft was free to all Windows 7 and Windows 8 users (but not to Windows XP and Vista users). That means those two older versions are about to be abandoned, although they are still having about 6.15% and 2.95% share of market. >> Check how to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 10)

However, Microsoft admits Windows 10 update has a serious problem and has no fix. Actually, there are only a small number of users reported that Windows 10 may freeze after installing the Anniversary Update on systems with the operating system stored on a solid-state drive (SSD) and apps and data stored on a separate drive. Besides, this issue can be avoided if starting Windows 10 in Safe Mode. So, don't be panic, and you will be summerized for the details of updating to Windows 10 via Windows Update as the easiest and safest method.

free update to windows 10
free update to windows 10

Step-by-step Guide of How to Update Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10 for Free

Please note: after installing Windows 10 OS version, your computer will lose the feature of playing DVDs by Windows Media Player. Therefore, before or after updating to Windows 10, you'll have to install a Windows Media Player successor - 5KPlayer for Windows 10.

How to Play DVDs without Windows Media Player

5KPlayer is the best free DVD player and video/music player. As the alternative to Windows Media Player for Windows 10, it excels in online video download from YouTube and 1000+ websites and streaming media via the AirPlay-enabled feature.

On June 1 around, there appeared an icon "Get Windows 10" on all current Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 computers, even including the PCs running pirated OS. It prompted people to get Windows 10, reserve free copy, get to know Windows 10 or go to Windows update. Genuine Windows 7 and 8.1 users can get free update directly to the official full version of Windows 10. But for users of non-genuine Windows copies, who will not be provided with free Windows upgrade, one feasible way to get it without cost is by downloading Windows 10 Insider Preview and testing it since Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 to testers. Otherwise, they have to search for Windows 10 license key. Wonder how to get Windows 10? Try the steps below to update to Windows 10 free:

1. Check whether your device is qualified for free Windows 10 upgrade

Windows 10 update service is provided to qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices. But please note that Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1 are excluded for the one-year free update.
>> How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10
>> How to Upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 10

2. Confirm whether you are ready for free Windows 10 update
By right clicking "Get Windows 10" on the right bottom on your taskbar, you can choose "Get to know Windows 10" and Windows 10 update history to see the specific procedures. And you can configure its new features to make sure that you really want to update.

get windows 10 for free
get windows 10 for free

3. Exam specifically the requirement of your PC
Firstly, you should also check whether your device is up to date by installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Then, click "Check your PC" to let Windows exam whether your OS meets the basic requirement of installing Windows 10. Possibly, the minimum requirements of installing the Windows 10 Insider Preview can be taken as a reference for updating to the full version:

• Processor: 1 GHz or faster
• RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
• Free hard disk space: 16 GB
• Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

Note: For visiting windows store, installing and running the apps, you also need internet connection, over a 1024x768 screen resolution and the account of Microsoft.

4. Click the button "Reserve your free upgrade".

5. Enter your email to get a confirmation.

You'll get the prompt "Great, your upgrade is reserved." After it, input your Email address in the blank of the opened window, and then send it to get a confirmation.

6. Close the window and wait.

Once you enter your Email ID, you can just close the window and wait for the l notification about Windows 10 availability on your computer. Once you reserve the upgrade, Windows will show a notification to you once all the required files have been downloaded on your computer and Windows 10 is ready to install. And then you can download and install Windows 10 easily.

What After Free Windows 10 Update/Upgrade?

After the official release of Windows 10, you can achieve the free update successfully. After it's installed, Windows 10 is all yours. However, you will find that there will be no more built-in Windows Media Center that was in the previous versions.

But don't worry. If we need to play various media files on Windows 10 PC, we have at least alternative schemes for you:

Plan A: Use Windows Media Player Alternative

Except Windows Media Player, there are many good yet free audio video players that can be downloaded as the alternative. 5KPlayer, for example, is an outstanding one that combines playing with free online video download and free music video streaming.

It plays 720p/1080p/4K/5K/8K videos, while supporting all of their dimensions and formats at no cost. DVDs and online radio can also be played. Moreover, it can free download online videos and movies from YouTube, Dailymotion, Facebook, Yahoo, MTV, Break, Vimeo, Vevo and more. The streaming feature makes it an AirPlay receiver and sender to realize the cross-screen display, from iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch to PC and Mac, or from PC/Mac to Apple TV wirelessly. Such functions are supplements of many other Windows 10 compatible media players.

Plan B: Convert Videos to Windows 10 Formats

If you do not want to replace Windows Media Player or VLC that is currently used by you and your family, please try to install an all-in-one video converter for your Windows 10 device.

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe is a welcome video converting and compressing software program that can help you out when you have trouble playing some videos.

By it, all your HD and UHD video files can be converted to what video audio formats you want, to be compatible with Windows 10 PC, 5K retina iMac, Surface Pro, WP8, Android phone, iPad, iPhone and so on, or to be uploadable to YouTube, etc.

That is to say, you are enabled to play any videos on any gadgets or portable devices, no matter what players you are using!

Convert Video to Windows 10 Formats
Convert Video to Windows 10 Formats

Install an HD Video Converter after Windows 10 Free Update

More than just a video to video/audio converter, WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe can download 4K/8K/HD/SD YouTube videos or many other online videos. Besides, you can use it to edit videos or make photo slideshows. Perfectly compatible with Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8 and Windows 10, it is what your Windows computer deserves!

Related Links: Microsoft Windows 10 November update


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Matthew Palmer is a seasoned content creator with over 10 years of experience in Windows at large. He has been specialized in almost any technology with Windows OS and written thousands of new articles, covering everything from in-depth features of new laptops, latest GPU/CPU PC hardware, games, to software related. While digging into new techs, he continues enjoying painting and comics.

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