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Windows 10 Activation and Tips!

Windows 10 is the latest edition of Windows operating system from Microsoft which is a successor to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Windows 10 was initially unveiled to the general public on July 29, 2015. The first major update to Windows 10 was made available to all the Windows 10 installations from November 12. The second major update was made available to the public on August 2, 2016.

As of the start of this year, Windows 10 was running in almost 200 million devices as per the Microsoft report. At the end of June 2016, the number of devices running Windows 10 had increased to 350 million. Microsoft expects to achieve 1 billion Windows 10 users by the year 2018.

How to install Windows 10 on PCs running on Windows 7 and 8?

Unless you are not living under the rock, you might be well aware of the fact that Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade has been officially ended and you can no longer upgrade your system using the Get Windows 10 app. If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 now, you can buy it from the Microsoft Store or from third party resellers. Version of Windows 10 Home costs about $120, and on the other hand Windows 10 Pro version sets you back by $200.

If you are already having a Windows 10 product key, you can easily download the recent version of Windows 10 installer files using the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft. Media Creation Tool is a free tool with which you can create a bootable USB flash drive or an ISO image file that can be mounted directly or burned to a bootable DVD.

Will my computer be automatically updated to the latest version of Windows 10?

As I have said earlier, if your PC is currently running on Windows 7 or 8.1 then you will not get an automatic free upgrade. For installing the latest updates on Windows 7 or 8.1 PCs, you need to buy a Windows 10 version either Windows 10 Home or Pro according to your need.

If you already installed the Windows 10 on your computer then, the upgrade will start automatically once it is available. The update will cost you some amount of bandwidth, you can also delay the upgrade by a few more days but cannot shelve it forever.

Can I upgraded my Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro version?

Yes. Actually, you can upgrade to Pro version of Windows 10 by using an additional key from previous edition of Windows like Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro.

Follow the steps given below carefully to upgrade your system to Windows 10 Pro:

If you have upgraded your system during the Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer from Windows 7 or 8.1 then, there is no need for a Windows 10 product key at all. Since, a digital print of your computer hardware is stored on Microsoft’s servers, allowing you to reinstall the latest edition of Windows 10 on your computer without the requirement of a product key.

If you haven’t upgraded your system till now, then a product key is must to activate the latest version of Windows 10, since the free upgrade offer of Windows 10 has officially ended.

Step 1: Go to the Setting App on your Windows 10 computer to initiate the upgrade from Open the Start menu or the Start screen and then select “Settings”.

Step 2: In the Setting menu, select “Update & security” option, and then click on “Activation”. The version of Windows 10 that powers your system gets displayed.

Step 3: To start the upgrade process from the Windows 10 Home version to Windows 10 Pro, click on the “Go to Store” button as shown in the above mentioned image.

Step 4: After the above step, the Windows Store app opens to a special “Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro” screen. You can click on the “$99.99” button to purchase the Windows 10 Professional upgrade from the Store similar to the other purchases you make on the Windows store. Enter your Microsoft account information and payment details to complete the purchase.

If you already have a Windows 10 Pro product key, then you can opt for the option “I have a Windows 10 Pro product key” and enter the product key to upgrade your Windows version.

The features available in Pro version aren’t actually essential for most of the normal users. Features such as Hyper-V virtualization and remote desktop can be easily substituted with freely available third-party apps from the internet. The most prominent feature that is useful to most of the normal users is the BitLocker drive encryption.