The final version of Windows 10 has just been released. Microsoft is rolling out the final version of Windows 10 in “waves” to all registered users. Windows 10, the best version of Windows ever, offers a familiar Start menu, a digital personal assistant called Cortana, a virtual desktop, all new web browser called Edge, Sandbox to run programs that you don’t trust, and tens of small but handy features.
As many of you likely know, Windows 10 is a free upgrade to existing PC users running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. The upgrade is free only in the first year after the official release of Windows 10. In other words, you need to upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installation to Windows 10 before Windows 10 turns a year old to get Windows 10 for free. Once the upgrade is done and activated, Windows 10 is free on that device for life.
Millions of PC users are eagerly waiting to upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 installation to Windows 10. If you are also planning to upgrade to Windows 10 and have already registered for the free upgrade, then you’ll be delighted to know that you will be able to keep most of the installed programs during the upgrade.
Upgrading to Windows 10 without losing programs and data
If you’re planning to upgrade your existing installation of Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 preview, you might want to know what you get to keep during the upgrade.
Since most PC users are running Windows 7, let’s get started with the same. If you’re running Windows 7, you can preserve Windows settings, personal files, and most applications during the upgrade. Some software, such as antivirus programs, might not just work. You might also need to update hardware drivers after completing the upgrade.
If you’re on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, just like Windows 7, you can keep your personal data, Windows settings, and most of the applications while upgrading to Windows 10.
However, note that Windows Media Center will not be available in Windows 10. When you upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installation with Windows Media Center to Windows 10, Windows Media Center will be left out.
And if you’re on Windows Vista, unfortunately, you cannot keep anything during the upgrade. That is, you need to create a bootable USB of Windows 10 and then boot from the same in order to install Windows 10.
The system requirements for Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 are more less the same, meaning Windows 7 users should be able to upgrade to Windows 10 without any issues. For directions, refer to our how to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 guide.
That said, according to Microsoft, if you’re running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 and your system language isn’t English, Brazilian Portuguese, or Chinese Simplified, you will not be able to keep your installed applications and Windows settings while upgrading to Windows 10. Only your personal files will be preserved.