Windows Vista is a dead end operation system and not upgradeable directly to Windows 10. Many think that they just need to buy new hardware to get Windows 10. However, you can get Windows Vista to Windows 10 by first upgrading to Windows 7 and then upgrading to Windows 10. Here’s the quickest (and cheapest) way to do it.
- You’ll first need to obtain a Windows 7 license key. DigitalProductKey.com has licenses (which includes the OS software download) for only $29. However, even though we tested this service successfully, you’ll want to verify any third-party service.
- Once you’ve received your key and download link and downloaded the installation file (ISO), extract the ISO onto the local hard drive and kick off the Windows 7 Setup. During setup Windows 7 will ask for your licensing key.
- Once the Windows 7 setup is complete, locate the Activation application and allow Windows 7 to go online to activate.
- Microsoft supposedly ended its offering of free Windows 10 for consumers. But, there’s still a way to get Windows 10 for free. Go to THIS page and click the Download tool now button. This tool allows you to either create installation media, or just kick-off the Windows 10 upgrade.
The upgrade using this method is a long one – possibly 2-3 hours. But, compare that to buying Windows 10 for over $100 and then having to install a clean OS. With this method, you only need to click the upgrade button a couple times.
Despite the hatred for Windows Vista, a lot of PCs were sold with this Windows version installed. There are a lot of older folks (you know the ones) that would like to use Windows 10 without having to buy new hardware. $29 and a few hours of PC babysitting is a great deal.
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