Before proceeding with the upgrade, it’s recommended to uninstall any software (for example, antivirus, security software, or old third-party apps) that may prevent you from successfully upgrading to Windows 10. In addition, you should disconnect any peripherals (including printer, phone, camera, external hard drive, and other USB devices). Sometimes this can be the reason why your system fails during the upgrade. Also, the upgrade can always fail, so you want to create a full backup to roll back if anything happens to avoid any problems. Luckily, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 come with the System Image Backup tool to create a backup of your entire computer. This guide will teach you the steps to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1, minimizing the chances of running into issues during the upgrade.

Upgrade Windows 8.1 to Windows 10

To easily upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, you must go through the easy out-of-box experience (OOBE) to finish setting up Windows 10 with your desired preferences. And then you’ll see your familiar desktop and every new feature included with Windows 10.

Additionally, make sure to use Device Manager to check that every piece of hardware is installed correctly on your system, and reinstall your antivirus and any other software you uninstall before the upgrade.

Hardware requirements

Also, to install Windows 10, the device must meet the minimum system requirements:

Processor: 1GHz or faster processor or SoC. RAM: 1GB for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit. Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS and 20GB for 64-bit OS. Graphics Card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver. Display: 1024×600.

You also need to be running the Windows 8.1 Update release, which is described as KB2919355. You can download this update here if you don’t have it installed. While the free upgrade to Windows 10 offer has ended, it’s possible to activate the operating system with a Windows 8.1 product key. It’s important to note that Microsoft plans to end the support of Windows 10 on October 14, 2025. If your computer meets the minimum requirements, instead of upgrading to Windows 10, you should upgrade to Windows 11. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.