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Windows 10 free Upgrade – Time is running out!!

WIndows 10

If you are intending to take the free upgrade to Windows 10 from a qualifying O/S (Windows 7, 8 & 8.1) you need to start planning to get this done soon, as the free offer runs out on 29th July 2016. After that it will cost approx. £100 to get this upgrade.


I’m aware of over 300 clients who have already made the move and in the majority of cases it has been an easy process that they’ve completed themselves.

Based on the experience that they’ve had, and the minor interventions that I’ve had to make, I’ve constructed the following set of instructions.

  1. Ensure all updates possible are applied for the current version of Windows that you’re running.
  2. Start the upgrade process (this can take a couple of hours.) During this process:
    1. Your system is checked for any obvious problems
    2. The upgrade is downloaded from the internet
    3. The upgrade commences on your machine
    4. You are then asked to login and the final stage completes
  3. Restart your machine
  4. Click on “Start” -> “Settings” -> “Update & Security”.
    1. With “Windows Update” selected on the left, Click the “Check for Updates” button and allow it to install anything that it requires.
    2. Repeat this process until pressing the “Check for Updates” completes with “No Updates Available”.
  5. Restart the system again.
  6. Right Click on “Start” and then Left Click on “Command Prompt (Admin)”.
  7. In the Black window that opens type “sfc /scannow” and press the “Enter Key”.
    1. This will run a process which scans to check that everything is okay and tells you if there were problems found or not.
    2. Type “Exit” into the black window – which will close it.
  8. Restart the computer once again.

That should resolve the bulk of any problems that you may encounter.