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How to Force Upgrade Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10 via Windows Update

Lots of users started questioning about why they don’t see Windows 10 upgrade notification in their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PC? If you’re one out of them who want to try before upgrade notification hit your computer, then don’t miss to check this article.

How to Force Upgrade Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10 via Windows Update

Microsoft started rolling out this Windows 10 update in waves few days ago, so it’s obvious that not all users were lucky and get the Windows 10 upgrade notification on the same day.  So users have to wait for next few hours or days to see this free upgrade from Microsoft.

For those users who want to download Windows 10 ISO file to clean install Windows 10  before upgrade notification hit your computer. Microsoft already released Media Creation tool for Windows 10 which is now counted as Windows update alternative.

In case you’re the one who don’t want to go with these options and want to upgrade to Windows 10 only via Windows update, but tired of waiting for upgrade notification, then this article will show you a simple tweak that let you force upgrade from Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10 via Windows Update

This guide will only work for those users who have already reserved the free copy of Windows 10. In case, you have not registered for free Windows 10 upgrade and want to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 right now, this method also works fine for those users too.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • It’s always good to create a backup of your personal data and install the application using the freeware program called EaseUS System GoBack. If something goes wrong, you can recover everything.

Warning: You’re following this guide at your own risk, I’m not responsible in any manner if you lose your data during the upgrade.

Check Whether you need to follow these two different ways or not

Before you start following the two different methods to force upgrade Windows 10, it’s good to check whether your system already downloading the Windows 10 upgrade. To check you need to navigate to c:\ and here you need to check for folder named $Windows.~Bt (Make sure to enable hidden items check to see this folder)

If it’s visible there, you are all set, but if isn’t there, then you need to follow the two different ways to force Windows 10 downloading by Windows update.

Pre-requisites:

  • You must be running genuine or licensed copy of Windows 8.1 Update and Windows 7 SP1.
  • You must have install all the previous updates available through Windows Update
  • Make sure your Laptop or PC meets all Windows 10 requirements
  • You must have reserved your free copy of Windows 10
  • Make sure you are set to receive updates automatically.

Steps to Force Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1/7 via Windows Update via Registry Hack (First Method)

1. You need to open Registry Editor. To open you need to type “Regedit” in Start search box. Once you see it in the search box, click to open.

run regedit

In the User Account Control (UAC) dialog, you need to click Yes, when prompt to ask.

2. Now you need to navigate to the following keys under:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\
OSUpgrade

By default, you will see DWORD (32-bit) with Name=”ReservationAllowed” and Value=2. You just need to rename it to “AllowOSUpgrade

add value

Note: It should exist, but if not, create it. Create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value with Name = “AllowOSUpgrade” (without the quotes), and set the Value = 1

Steps to Force Upgrade Windows 7/8.1 to Windows 10 via Windows Update via Command Prompt (Second Method)

1. You need to navigate to  C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and delete everything in this folder. Don’t worry this will not affect your system in any way.

delete download folder in software distribution

2. Run Command Prompt with the administrator rights. For that simply type “cmd” in start menu, right click on it and click “run as administrator

Now type this command and press enter: wuauclt.exe /updatenow

type command in command prompt

Note: After following the above two method shared above, you just need to follow the steps shared below. All the steps are common for Method One and Method Two, as these steps just show you the way check whether your upgrade is available or not.

Now you need to visit “Windows Update“. Here you’ll see Message “Windows 10 upgrade reserved” (We’ll let you know when the upgrade is ready to install on this PC)

windows 10 upgrade reserved

Ignore this message and click on “Check for updates” and now you will see the message “Upgrade to Windows 10” (Start installing the new version of Windows now) with the size of this Windows download.

upgrade to windows 10

To start downloading the Windows 10 upgrade file, you need to click on “Get Started” button

downloading windows 10

You can also check my article on how to fix Windows 10 update error 80240020 If you get Error 80240020 after downloading the Windows 10 files.

The rest of the steps are very easy, you just need to follow the installation and you’ll able to upgrade to Windows 10. You can also check my previous guide on how to download and install Windows 10 free upgrade in case you find any difficulty following the installation process.

Why don’t you give a try this step by step tutorial on how to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 via Windows update! In case you have any query related to the tutorial, don’t hesitate to share in the comments.

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