Upgrade To Windows 10

An upgrade moves your PC from a previous version of Windows—such as Windows 7 or Windows 8.1—to Windows 10. An upgrade can take place on your existing device, though Microsoft recommends using Windows 10 on a new PC to take advantage of the latest features and security improvements. This FAQ is intended to answer questions about upgrading to Windows 10.

Upgrade to Windows 10 Questions

How long will it take to upgrade my device?

The time that is required to upgrade to Windows 10 depends on factors such as the age of your device and how it’s configured. Most devices will take about an hour to upgrade as soon as the download is completed. Although older devices could take longer, some newer, high-performance devices might upgrade faster.

How do I free up space for the upgrade?

Devices with a 32 GB hard drive or older devices with full hard drives might need additional storage space to complete the upgrade. If you don’t have sufficient space, try removing files or apps you no longer need or use Disk Cleanup to free up space.

During the upgrade, you might be asked to free up space on your device or attach an external drive with sufficient space to continue with the upgrade. If you attach an external drive, make sure to keep it in a safe place after the upgrade in case you need it for recovery options.

Why do I need to uninstall some of my apps during the upgrade?

Some apps have to be uninstalled because they could cause problems with the upgrade process. You'll be able to reinstall these apps after the upgrade to Windows 10 is done.

Other apps have to be uninstalled because they won't work correctly or might not work at all with Windows 10.

You won't be able to reinstall or use these apps after the upgrade is completed.

Will Windows 7 apps work on Windows 10?

For the best possible experience, we recommend doing a fresh installation of your applications on your new Windows 10 PC. The Microsoft Store has a variety of 3rd party applications that can be easily downloaded and installed.

For any software not currently available in the Microsoft Store, we recommend going to that company’s official website and downloading the Windows 10 version from there. In limited circumstances, some older software may not have an updated version that is compatible with Windows 10.

Can I change my language when I upgrade?

The easiest way to change your language is to upgrade using the same language you currently have on your PC and then add a new language later.

To add new languages in Windows 10, select Start> Settings> Time & Language > Language and then choose the language you want.

Is Windows Media Center available in Windows 10?

No, Windows Media Center isn’t available as part of Windows 10 and will be removed during the upgrade. After the upgrade is completed you won't be able to install Windows Media Center.

Upgrade Table Guide

Upgrade From Windows 7 to Windows 10

From Windows 7 EditionTo Windows 10 Edition
Windows 7 StarterWindows 10 Home
Windows 7 Home BasicWindows 10 Home
Windows 7 Home PremiumWindows 10 Home
Windows 7 ProfessionalWindows 10 Pro
Windows 7 UltimateWindows 10 Pro

Upgrade From Windows 8.1 To Windows 10

From Windows 8.1 EditionTo Windows 10 Edition
Winodws 8.1xxxWindows 10 Home
Windows 8.1 ProWindows 10 Pro
Windows 8.1 Pro for StudentsWindows 10 Pro