Microsoft released Windows 10 on July 29th, 2015 in over 190 countries. Starting from July 29th, 2015 to July 29th, 2016 Microsoft ran a free upgrade offer where it allowed Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Even after Microsoft officially closed the free upgrade offer, users were able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
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, new browser called Edge, 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 the 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 a 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, the 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?