How do I upgrade to Windows 10?

Windows 10 upgrade matrix

The Windows 10 Upgrade Matrix from Microsoft



One of the most pressing questions that users have even as early as now is “How do I upgrade to Windows 10?”.

Whether you are on an earlier version of Windows for the desktop or Windows Phone, it’s going to be the most critical question right next to What is Windows 10 and When will Windows 10 be released?

Well this page will attempt to be the categorical source of Windows 10 upgrade information and we will show you exactly how you can upgrade your version of Windows to Windows 10.

Update June 1 2015

Microsoft officially updated the supported upgrade matrix.

Here’s the rundown.

Windows 10 Upgrade matrix

Windows 10 Upgrade matrix

Windows 7 upgrade

  • Windows 7 Starter will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 7 Home Basic will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 7 Home Premium will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 7 Professional will be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 7 Ultimate will be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro

Windows 8 upgrade

  • Windows 8.1 will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 8.1 Pro will be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro

Windows Phone

  • Windows Phone 8.1 will be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile. The availability of the upgrade may vary by hardware maker, mobile operator or carrier.

Excluded editions

  • Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1 are excluded from the free upgrade offer.

Update 5/19/2015

Here are the versions of Windows 7/8.1 and what they are eligible to upgrade to under Windows 10:

  • Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the first year. After the first year, upgrades will be paid via boxed product and VL Upgrades.
  • Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7 Home Basic and Home Premium devices upgrade to Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 8/8.1 Pro and Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate devices upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
  • If upgraded within the first 12 months following launch, the device will receive ongoing Windows 10 updates for free for the life of that device
  • Excludes Windows Enterprise and RT devices
  • The free Windows 10 upgrade is delivered through Windows Update; domain-joined machines can manually get the update via Windows Update. The upgrade cannot be deployed through WSUS.

There are several different possible upgrades to Windows 10 and we will address them all.

  • Upgrading Windows XP to Windows 10
  • Upgrading Windows Vista to Windows 10
  • Upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10
  • Upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 10
  • Upgrading Windows 8.1 to Windows 10
  • Upgrading Windows RT to Windows 10
  • Upgrading Windows Phone 8 to Windows 10
  • Upgrading Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10 

We’ll talk about the upgrade paths for each of these.

Let’s get started:

How do I upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 10?

Windows XPWindows XP, how I love thee.

The classic Operating System is not supported by Microsoft anymore and unless you live in China, Microsoft has no plan to support your upgrade.

If you would like to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows XP, you will need to first upgrade to Windows 7. Then you will be able to upgrade your device to Windows 10.

How do I upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 10?

How do I upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 10?

Windows Vista, how I also love thee.

The classic Operating System is also not supported by Microsoft for a direct Windows 10 upgrade, unless you live in China.

If you would like to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows Vista, you will need to first upgrade to Windows 7. Then you will be able to upgrade your device to Windows 10.

How do I upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10?

How do I upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10?

Windows 7 is one of the chosen Operating Systems for upgrading to Windows 10.

If you currently have Windows 7 without Service Pack 1, you can install Windows 10 from an ISO file but not from a Windows update.

If you currently have Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, you can install Windows 10 from an ISO file OR via Windows Update.

Windows 7 users will have the most flexibility when it comes to upgrading to Windows 10.

How do I upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 10?

How do I upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 10?

Windows 8 is also one of the chosen Operating Systems for upgrading to Windows 10.

If you currently have Windows 8, you can install Windows 10 from an ISO file but not from a Windows update.

Microsoft seem to be taking advantage of the fact that most users abandoned Windows 8 and moved straight to Windows 8.1.

How do I upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10?

How do I upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10?As we just said, a lot of users abandoned Windows 8 in order to move to Windows 8.1.

If you currently have Windows 8.1, you can install Windows 10 from an ISO file but not from a Windows update.

If you currently have Windows 8.1 with the S14 update from April of 2014, you can install Windows 10 from an ISO file and from a Windows update.

Microsoft are also rewarding Windows 8.1 users with flexible options to migrate to Windows 10.

How do I upgrade from Windows RT to Windows 10?

How do I upgrade to Windows mobile 10 from Windows RTTo all intents and purposes, Windows RT is dead.

We can go into a bunch of reasons about why but let’s make this simple. Windows RT is dead and gone and there will be absolutely no upgrade in any way, shape or form from Windows RT to Windows 10.

With the advent of new, more energy efficient x86/Intel-based systems it seems that Windows RT is no longer necessary.

Simple.

How do I upgrade from Windows Phone 8 to Windows 10?

How do I upgrade to Windows mobile 10 from Windows Phone 8Windows Phone 8.0 is also dead on arrival as far as Windows 10 is concerned.

There are no ISO files involved here because it is a mobile Operating System.

while technically a Windows Phone OS can be upgraded via updates via Wi-Fi or mobile access, Microsoft have chosen to NOT support Windows Phone 8.

Windows Phone 8 will not be upgraded to the mobile OS format for Windows 10. If you have a Windows Phone with Windows Phone 8, you need to upgrade the phone to Windows Phone 8.1.

This is the only option available if you would like to eventually have Windows 10 Mobile on your phone.

How do I upgrade from Windows Phone 8.1 to Windows 10?

How do I upgrade to Windows mobile 10 from Windows Phone 8.1Users will be able to upgrade their Windows Phone 8.1’s to Windows Mobile 10 when it is available.

Once again, there are no ISO files involved here because it is a mobile Operating System. You will need to connect and upgrade via Windows Update on the phone.

You will then be able to upgrade your Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone directly to Windows Mobile 10.

These upgrade paths are current as of April 2015.

Stay tuned to this page for more Windows 10 news and updates.

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