Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before starting this course, part of Migrating from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
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- Well here's what you need to know if you're planning to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. First of all this upgrade is somewhat different from all previous Windows upgrades. It is a free upgrade if you have a legitimate copy of Windows 7, but the upgrade happens via Windows Update. So if your version of Windows 7 has Service Pack 1 installed and you've been updating it to the most recent update the Get Windows app will appear in the bottom right corner of your screen in the notification area automatically waiting for you to click and upgrade to Windows 10.
Now if you don't see the Get Windows app icon down there it's probably because your computer is not compatible or you don't have the latest Windows 7 update installed. So before you can upgrade to Windows 10 you'll want to insure your computer meets the system requirements we discussed in the previous movie and run Windows Update to insure you have the most recent updates. Now when your computer is ready for the upgrade to Windows 10 the upgrade you receive will depend on the version of Windows 7 you already have.
For example, you'll receive Windows 10 Home Edition if you're upgrading from Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, or Home Premium Editions. And if you're upgrading from Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate you'll get the Windows 10 Pro upgrade. And once you have Windows 10 up and running, you might notice you're going to be missing some of the things you liked about Windows 7. For example if you liked to use Windows 7 gadgets like the clock, weather, stocks, and so on, you won't find those in Windows 10.
They've been removed. The Media Center has also been removed in Windows 10, so if you were using it in Windows 7 as your home entertainment hub, you might be disappointed upgrading to Windows 10. And I know this is not a huge reason to avoid upgrading to Windows 10, but if you're one of the many people who really like the solitaire game or even Minesweeper, both of these games have been removed from Windows 10, so you'll need to download separate apps if you really, really need them. So if your Windows 7 computer is Windows 10 compatible, and it's up to date with Windows updates, and you've decided you want to upgrade to Windows 10, it's time.
There are some pre-installation tasks you should complete, however, to be prepared for a smooth upgrade. We'll explore these in the next chapter.