Upgrading to your Free Reserved Copy of Microsoft Windows 10

Upgrading to your Free Reserved Copy of Microsoft Windows 10

Originally posted at www.triella.com in August 2015

This article is a continuation of the previous article on reserving your free copy of Windows 10, and it explains the process of upgrading to Windows 10 using the Microsoft Media Creation Tool for those who have reserved their Free copy of Windows 10 but have not had the Windows Update arrive to their computers yet and they no longer wish to wait.

Ok. You have previously reserved your Free upgrade copy of Windows 10, and you were told that it would be available on July 29th, 2015. It’s now a month later and you still haven’t received your upgrade yet.

After July 29th, there were Windows updates that made some minor changes to the Windows 10 reservation notification and added a Windows 10 alert to your Windows updates.

So now you wait…and wait…and wait….well the wait is over. Microsoft has created a tool to allow those who cannot wait any longer, and are ambitious enough to jump to the front of the line and take the dive now. Microsoft has made the Windows 10 Media Creation tool available for Free download to anyone who wants it.

To download the 32bit or 64bit media creation tool go to the following link…


Once you have downloaded the Tool, run it and follow these steps.

Step 1: Either Choose “Upgrade this PC now”, if you wish to force the upgrade process to download the 3GB installation and run the setup immediately on the current computer.

Or if you wish to create installation media for another computer or to use later then select “Create installation media for another PC”.

I will not get into the details of the actual Windows 10 installation process, as that would be too long for this article, and is best to be left for another topic later.

  • Important Note: during the upgrade process Windows 10 will check that your system meets the requirements for the Free upgrade, and if it does not, you will be required to provide or purchase a Windows 10 product key in order to proceed with the installation.

Step 2: Once you have selected the “Create Installation Media for another PC”. The next step will ask you to select the Language you want to be installed on the Windows 10 media, the Edition of the Windows 10 media (There are really only two flavors…”Home” & “Pro”, the N version strips out some additional software like Camera software, Media Player, and Skype, and then the remaining “Home” option for single Language only.)

  • Important Note: You MUST select the same Edition of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 that you are upgrading from (Home to Home Version, and Pro to Pro version), otherwise you will be required to provide or purchase the corresponding product key.

Step 3: Select the “Architecture” of the Windows 10 Edition you are upgrading too. It should be the same “Architecture” you are upgrading from as well otherwise you will be presented with an error when you try to upgrade later. You can find this information in Windows 7 by clicking on the start menu, and right clicking on “computer”, and choosing properties. You can find this information in Windows 8.1 by Right clicking on the Windows Icon and selecting “System”. Once you know the “Architecture” of your current Windows edition, select it from the Windows 10 “Architecture” menu in the media creation tool.

*Important Note: The media creation tool gives you the option to choose either 32-bit, 64-bit or both, in case you have more than one system with more than one “Architecture”. If you choose 32-bit or 64-bit on their own you will require media large enough for the 3GB image data, but if you choose both 32-bit & 64-bit, you will require media large enough for the 6GB of image data.

Step 4: Once you have selected the correct media creation requirements, the next step is to select the type of media to create the installation image data on. You will be presented with two options, either a “USB flash drive”, or an ISO file, which you will need to burn to a DVD.

*Important Note: Remember if you have 3GB image, you will either require a 4GB USB flash drive, or a Single layer DVD (4.7GB), and if you chose the 6GB image, you will require an 8GB Flash Drive or a Dual layer DVD (8.5GB).

Step 5: If you select the USB flash drive, the tool will attempt to detect the flash drive and allow you to select it. It will also warn you that it will format and erase all the current data on the flash drive if you proceed. Once the download and creation process has completed you can use the USB flash drive to either start the upgrade from within Windows 7 or Windows 8.1’s desktop, or restart the computer and boot to the USB flash drive to run the update or a clean install.

If you select the ISO file option, you will be asked where you want to save the “Windows.iso file, then the Windows 10 download will start.

Step 6: Once the download has completed, the Media Creation Tool will prompt you to burn the ISO file to DVD using its own built in method using Windows Disc Image burner.

*Important Note: You MUST have a DVD drive capable of burning Writable DVD’s in order to use this feature.

Once you have created your Windows 10 DVD Media, then you can use it to either upgrade your current version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 directly from the desktop, or you can restart the computer and boot to the DVD and run either an upgrade or a clean install of your current Operating system. Now you’re ready to upgrade to Windows 10….Good Luck!

After you have upgraded to Windows 10, you will have 30 days to decide if you want to keep it or not. If not, then you will be able to revert back to the previous version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.


Paul Comtois is a Client Support Specialist at Triella, a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Paul can be reached at 647.426.1004. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
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