Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 will launch on July 29th in over 190 countries. Starting from July 29th, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who registered for the free upgrade offer will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. The free upgrade offer is applicable to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who upgrade their installation between July29th, 2015 and July 29th, 2016.
As Windows 10 is a free upgrade to existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, including those running pirated Windows 7/8, most users wants to upgrade to the latest Windows version as early as possible. As you likely know, Windows 10 brings back the Start menu, comes with a digital personal assistant Cortana, new action center, overhauled Settings app, improved performance, polished UI, and more.
Upgrade to Windows 10 by keeping data
If you’re planning to upgrade your existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installation to Windows 10, then you’ll be glad to know that you can keep your data during the upgrade. In other words, you can upgrade to Windows 10 without losing data. Also, you can upgrade to Windows 10 without losing most of the installed programs.
What all you can keep during the upgrade
For those who are wondering, when you upgrade from Windows 8/8.1 to Windows 10, you can keep Windows settings, personal files such as your documents, pictures, and music, and most of the installed programs. That said, we recommend you create a backup of important data just in case if something goes terribly wrong during the upgrade.
Likewise, users who upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 can also keep personal files, most of installed applications, and Windows settings.
As you know, the free upgrade offer is not available to users running Windows Vista. And even if you purchase a Windows 10 copy, you can keep nothing during the upgrade. So if you have Vista, you need to create bootable USB of Windows 10 and then install Windows 10 from USB to perform a clean install.
What you will miss in Windows 10
But before you decide to upgrade to Windows 10, you need to know a couple of important things. Firstly, Windows Media Center is not available on Windows 10, and when you upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 with Windows Media Center to Windows 10, Media Center feature will be removed during the upgrade process.
As with the case of Windows 8/8.1, desktop gadgets are not part of Windows 10 and the feature will removed when you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. The feature can be enabled though by following the directions in our desktop gadgets for Windows 10 guide.
Also, classic Solitaire, Hears, and Minesweeper games are not present in Windows 10. Microsoft has released the modern versions of these games and one needs to download them after upgrading to Windows 10.
In short, you can upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8.1 without losing your data. Are you upgrading to Windows 10?