Today is a special day for Windows. Microsoft is dropping support of Windows 7, nearly 11 years after first launching the Windows 7 operating system with a flashy New York City marketing campaign.
It means that Microsoft is ending the cat-and-mouse game with hackers seeking to exploit software bugs in the operating system. If perpetrators find a flaw in the Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft will not fix it.
Without continued software and security updates, Windows 7 machines are more likely to be infected with viruses and malware, Microsoft official wrote on its website.
If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended on January 14, 2020, your PC will still work, but it may become more vulnerable to security risks you should know.
If you have decided to upgrade to Windows 10 to enjoy new supports, please continue reading the next part.
How to Upgrade to Windows 10?
Before you upgrade the OS, please back up the original system disk in advance to avoid any data loss caused by upgrading failure or incompatibility. In addition, you can also use it to get Windows 7 back if you don’t want Windows 10.
As for the backup software, MiniTool Partition Wizard is recommended. You can refer to the following steps to back up the system disk.
- Using the Copy Disk feature.
- Plug a USB flash drive into your computer.
- Download MiniTool Partition Wizard and launch it to get the main interface.
- Click Copy Disk Wizard on the action panel.
Step 2: Click the Next button to continue and choose the system disk you should copy. Then, click the Next button.
Step 3: Choose a target disk to copy the original content and click the Next button. Then, click Yes to continue.
Step 5: Click the Apply button to execute pending operations.
Then, you can refer to the following methods to upgrade to Windows 10. Please note that the Windows 10 free upgrade through the Get Windows 10 (GWX) app has ended on July 29, 2016. So you should buy a Windows 10 product key. There is no official Windows 10 free upgrade download from anywhere.
Method 1. Upgrade to Windows 10 with Media Creation Tool.
If you can find a Windows 10 update, you can adopt this method.
- Upgrade your PC.
- Click here to download a media creation tool program.
- Run the media creation tool, and then click Accept.
- Choose Upgrade this PC now.
- Click Next.
Step 2: Waiting until Windows 10 downloading procedure is completed.
Step 3: Then, click the Accept button again to agree to the notice and license terms.
Step 4: Confirm that the Keep personal files and apps option is selected. Then, click the Install button. You can click A Complete Guide to Windows 10 Media Creation Tool:
How to Use to get more details.
Method 2. Upgrade to Windows 10 with bootable installation media.
If you encounter problems in upgrading this PC now, you can use the Media Creation Tool to create a Windows 10 installation media for another PC.
Step 1: Plug a USB flash drive not less than 8 GB into your computer and follow the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool guide to create bootable installation media.
- Boot your computer from the bootable installation media.
- Restart your computer with the USB flash drive plugged into it.
- Follow the wizard that appears on the screen as soon as you boot up the computer to enter BIOS.
- Set Removable Devices in the first place of the boot sequence. And then boot the computer.
Step 3: Follow How to Install Windows 10 on a New Hard Drive to complete the installation.
How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7
If you want to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 because Windows 10 is not as convenient as you think, you can refer to the following methods to downgrade to Windows 7.
Method 1. Go Back to the Previous Build.
This method is available only ten days after you upgrade to Windows 10. You can roll back to Windows 7 through the Go Back to the Previous Build feature in WinRE. Click Full Guide on Rollback Windows 10 to Windows 7/8.1 to get a detailed tutorial.
Method 2. Downgrade to Windows 7 through MiniTool Partition Wizard.
As long as you have backed up the Windows 7 system disk and don’t format the copy, you can use this method at any time. How to clone Windows 7 back? You can refer to the backup tutorial.