For updating Windows, most users usually download the OS iso image file, then write it to a disk or USB flash drive, configure the BIOS, etc. But why, if there is an easier and faster way, moreover, which is suitable for absolutely all users (even those who just sat down at a PC yesterday)?
In this article, I want to consider a way to update Windows to 10 without any BIOS settings and USB flash drive entries (besides, without losing data and settings)! All you need is normal Internet access (for downloading 2.5-3 GB of data).
Important note! Despite the fact that I have already updated at least a dozen computers (laptops) in this way, I still recommend making a backup (backup copy) of important documents and files (you never know …).
You can upgrade to Windows 10 operating systems Windows: 7, 8, 8.1 (XP – not possible). Most users (if the update is enabled) in the tray (next to the clock) have long had a small icon 'Get Windows 10' (see fig. 1).
To start the installation start – just click on it.
Important! Those who do not have such an icon will find it easier to update using the method described in this article: https: //pcpro100.info/obnovlenie-windows-8-do-10/ (by the way, the method is also without losing data and settings).
Figure: 1. Icon to start the update Windows
Further, if the Internet is available, Windows will analyze the current operating system and settings, and then start downloading the necessary files for updating. Typically, files are around 2.5 GB in size (see Figure 2).
Figure: 2. Update Center Windows prepares (downloads) the update
After the update has been downloaded to your computer, Windows will prompt you to start the update procedure itself. Here it will be enough just to agree (see Fig. 3) and not touch the PC in the next 20-30 minutes.
Figure: 3. Start installation Windows 10
During the update, the computer will be restarted several times for: copying files, installing and configuring drivers, setting parameters (see Fig. 4).
Figure: 4. The upgrade process to 10
When all the files have been copied and the system is configured, you will see several welcome windows (just click next or configure later).
After that, you will see your new desktop, on which all your old shortcuts and files will be present (files on the disk will also be in their places).
Figure: 5. New desktop (with all shortcuts and files saved)
Actually, this completes the update!
By the way, despite the fact that there are quite a lot of drivers included in Windows 10, some devices may not be recognized. Therefore, after updating the OS itself, I recommend updating the drivers: https://pcpro100.info/obnovleniya-drayverov/.
Pros of updating in this way (via the 'Get Windows 10' icon):
- quick and easy – the update takes place in a few mouse clicks;
- no need to configure BIOS;
- no need to download and burn an ISO image;
- there is no need to study anything, read manuals, etc. – the OS will install and configure everything properly;
- the user will cope with any level of PC proficiency;
- the total time for updating is less than 1 hour (subject to the availability of fast Internet)!
Among the disadvantages, I would highlight the following:
- if you already have a flash drive with Windows 10, then you are wasting time downloading;
- not every PC has a similar icon (especially on various assemblies and on OS where the update is disabled);
- the proposal (as the developers say) is temporary and soon, perhaps, it will be disabled …
Is that all for me, for all of me? For additions – I will, as always, be grateful.