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How to migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10

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In this post, we'll show you how to migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10 without issues.

Microsoft is scheduled to end the ever-reliable Windows 7's glorious 10 years reign by January 2020. Support and services for Windows 7 will no longer be available, and it will not be able to receive any security patch. This will make Windows 7 susceptible to attacks as time goes on.

If you’re still using Windows 7, now is the best time to migrate your PC with all its apps and contents to Windows 10.

How to migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10

windows 7 windows 10This guide will walk you through migrating your PC to Windows 10.

  • Visit the Microsoft download page using any browser of your choice. Preferably. Use Mozilla Firefox.
  • On the Microsoft download page, click on ‘Download tool now’ to download the Microsoft media creation tool.
  • Run the downloaded Microsoft Media creation tool.

The installation processes take you through a series of prompts and stages which are alighted below.

The first prompt you get after clicking ‘Yes’ to run the download is

  • ‘Getting a few things ready.'
  • Go ahead and close the browser.

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After the step is completed, you get the ‘Applicable notices and license terms.'

  • Read the ‘Applicable notices and license terms.' And click on ‘Accept' to proceed
  • Once again, the ‘Getting a few things ready’ prompts up. It can take a couple of minutes or hours to ‘get things ready.’
  • You get a prompt asking you ‘What do you want to do?’
    • ‘Upgrade this PC now.'
    • ‘Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD ) for another PC
  • Select the first option, which says ‘Upgrade this PC now' and click on ‘Next.'
  • A prompt ‘Downloading windows 10’ prompt opens up. This process usually lasts up to an hour or more.
  • After the download is completed, the ‘Verifying your download’ prompt opens up.
  • Once the verification is completed, you will get the ‘Creating Windows 10 media' prompt. This process will take a few minutes.
  • Once the media creation is completed, the ‘Setup is cleaning up before it close’ prompt opens up.
  • The following prompts open up successively
    • ‘Preparing’
    • ‘Getting updates’
    • ‘We’re getting a few things ready.'
  • You’re directed to the ‘Applicable notices and license terms.’ Click on ‘Accept’ to proceed.
  • Your PC starts ‘Getting updates’ based on what your computer needs. This can take up to a few hours.

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  • Once it is completed, you get a window ‘Making sure you’re ready to install.'
  • The ‘Ready to install’ prompt opens up with two items checked by default
    • ‘Install Windows 10 home.'
    • ‘keep personal files and apps’
  • Click on ‘Install’ to proceed
  • The ‘Installing Windows 10’ prompt opens up. Your PC will restart several times before completing Windows 10 installation.
  • Windows 10 loads files on your PC
  • A black screen with windows logo is displayed, followed by a blue screen with ‘Working on updates, don’t turn off your PC, this will take a while. Your PC will restart several times’ notice.
  • You get the welcome screen after your PC have restarted several times.
  • Once the welcome screen disappears, you get a black screen that says ‘we’ve got some updates for your PC.’
  • The update might take several minutes, don’t turn off your PC during this process
  • You get a prompt saying ‘these updates help protect you in an online world.'

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  • You get a prompting asking you to choose privacy settings for your device
    • You can choose to toggle on or off some of the defaults based on your preferences
      • Click on accept
      • You will be redirected to the welcome screen.
    • It opens to the first Windows 10 screen with a ‘welcome to the best windows ever’ popup
    • Now you have a new Windows 10 desktop and menu.

Want to know more about Windows OS? You can start here, or ask us.

Abraham Faisal
Abraham Faisal
Abraham Faisal is a professional content writer. He has a strong passion for online privacy, cybersecurity and blockchain and is an advocate for online privacy. He has been writing about these topics since 2018 and is a regular contributor to a number of publications. He has a degree in Computer Science and has in-depth knowledge of the ever-evolving world of digital security. In his free time, he likes to travel and explore new cultures.


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