How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10? Are you planning to upgrade Windows 7 or Windows 8 machines to Windows 10?

Don’t worry, it’s not very difficult, give it a try! Upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10 (9926 build) is pretty straightforward. First, you need to sign in for the Windows Insider program from here.

Some of the exciting features of the Windows 10 9926 builds are shared in the post “Latest Features Included in Windows 10 New Build”!

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How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10
How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

Once you’re signed in for the Windows Insider program, you can click the Start upgrade now button, and this will start downloading Microsoft GDR Installation Utility (10MB file called GdrStub.exe). Execute the file called Windows10TechnicalPreview.exe (the user-friendly name for GdrStub.exe), and Running WindowsTechnicalPreview.exe file starts the upgrade process.

Once run, you’ll see a small window with an indeterminate progress bar saying it is preparing to upgrade. This process will end with a ‘Restart’ button. How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10?

How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10
How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

After restart, there has been an update (KB2990214) installed, and this will cause Windows Update to show and automatically select an update to the Windows Technical Preview each time it is run. Windows update will start downloading 2827.7 MB ISO files for the Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade process.

How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10
How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

Once the ~2.8 GB file is downloaded, it will start the installation process, and here you’ll get a chance to cancel it. Don’t worry; you can get a chance to cancel the upgrade process after this step.

How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10
How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

In the following screen, you will get another option to cancel the Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade process. As the page says, we’ll start the upgrade process if you’re ready. To proceed, click on the Let’s get started button.

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How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

No, this is not that last change to avoid the upgrade to Windows 10 !! Microsoft gives another option to schedule the upgrade as per your requirements, allowing you to save your work and perform the upgrade at a more suitable timeline. Otherwise (if you’re ready for an upgrade), click on the start upgrade now button.

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Following is the 12 minutes video of the full upgrade process from Windows 7 to Windows 10. In between, the machine will restart twice, and that is it. You’ve successfully upgraded your Operating System to Windows 10.

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Fix How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

Another folder that you can find in the Windows 10 machine is C:\RecoveryImage (after successful upgrade). This folder will help you to get the ISO for Windows 10. There are some Powershell scripts to covert Install.esd file into Windows 10 ISO. How to get ISO from Install.esd file? Below to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10ase refer to the post here.

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Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a logger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…

PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> dism.exe /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:C:\RecoveryImage\Install.esd
Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.0.9926.0
Details for image : C:\RecoveryImage\Install.esd
Index : 1
Name : Windows Setup Media
Description : Windows Setup Media
Size : 348,606,090 bytes
Index : 2
Name : Microsoft Windows PE (x64)
Description : Microsoft Windows PE (x64)
Size : 1,371,154,200 bytes
Index : 3
Name : Microsoft Windows Setup (x64)
Description : Microsoft Windows Setup (x64)
Size : 1,520,382,539 bytes
Index : 4
Name : Windows 8.1 Pro
Description : Windows 8.1 Pro
Size : 13,375,118,263 bytes
The operation completed successfully.
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32>

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Windows 10 Latest Version Of Client Operating System From Microsoft (anoopcnair.com)

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