Upgrade to Windows 10 for FREE Using Microsoft’s Own Media Creation Tool
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Prerequisites, Assumptions, & Requirements:
- You have an internet-enabled computer.
- You have a computer installed with a genuine copy of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1.
The Media Creation Tool
- Open up your favorite browser and google search “media creation tool”.
- The first listing should be “Download Windows 10 Disc Image (ISO File) – Microsoft”, select this link.
- When the page loads, under where it says “Create Windows 10 Installation Media” you should see a button that says “Download Tool Now”.
- Once downloaded, launch the media creation tool.
- At the time of this tutorial, media creation tool 1803 is being used.
- Accept the notices and license terms.
- When it asks what you want to do, select Upgrade This PC Now and Next.
- It will begin downloading Windows 10 now. Depending on your internet speed it could take anywhere from 10-45 minutes or maybe even more.
- After it’s finished downloading it will begin to create the installation media. This could take around the same of. time as your download, depending on your hardware setup.
- You’re going to have to accept the notice and license terms again. Here, your PC may or may not check to see if you need any available updates.
- Next you have the option of choosing what you want to keep during your upgrade. In my instance I chose to keep nothing and do a clean instal/upgrade. Select Next.
- The last screen in the installer is making sure you are ready to install. If you have everything the way you want it for your upgrade you can go ahead and begin your installation.
- The install itself will roughly take about 30-45 minutes, maybe more depending on your setup. Once finished, you will arrive at the Out-Of-Box-Experience (OOBE) setup.
- Select your region and then proceed.
- Select your keyboard layout and proceed.
- Add a second keyboard layout if you would like, otherwise proceed.
- The setup is now getting ready for account setup. This will take approximately 5 minutes.
- You can sign in with your Microsoft account if you like. This can always be skipped and done at a later time. For the sake of this tutorial, I selected offline account.
- The next screen will ask you if you’re sure you don’t want to use a Microsoft account, click No if you want to continue with a local (offline) account.
- Type in your username and proceed.
- Type in your password and proceed.
- Verify your password and then proceed.
- Set your 3 recovery questions and proceed.
- Select your preference for Cortana and proceed.
- Choose your privacy settings and proceed.
- Windows will now begin finalizing your setup and you will be welcomed by your desktop when it has finished.