Windows 10 Upgrades

If you would like to upgrade from an existing copy of Windows to Windows 10, you may be able to self-install your upgrade. This process will retain all your current data, unless you chose otherwise, though we recommend backing up your computer or saving data to a network share as a precaution.

Windows 10 Upgrade Requirements

The hardware requirements for Windows 10 are similar to those of Windows 7. Although Microsoft officially requires only 1GB of RAM, we would suggest at least 4GB of RAM for a smooth user experience. If your computer is running a traditional Hard Drive, we would also encourage you to upgrade to an SSD (which vary in price by size, but range from $50 to $500). Please submit a help ticket if you are interested in hardware upgrades, we are always happy to get you a quote!
Prerequisites for self-installing the Windows 10 Upgrade:
  • An existing copy of Windows installed, and licensed, on your computer
  • Computer is joined to the domain (ie: you log in with an ads or chem-ads account)
  • "Software Center" is available in your Start Menu
  • An internet connection
  • The computer should be plugged in, and not running on battery

Windows 10 Upgrade Instructions

The upgrade will take at least 30 minutes, so please make sure you start the process when you can afford not to use the computer for a period of time. First, download the latest version of the Windows 10 setup tool. You can save this in any location on the computer you wish to upgrade.
Once the installer has finished downloading, launch the installer and allow it to load.
After accepting the license agreement, select "Upgrade this PC now" and click "Next". The installer will begin to download all necessary files and start the upgrade process.
Accept the license terms and allow the installer to download updates.
To keep all apps and files with this upgrade, click Install. Otherwise, click the "change what to keep" button if you'd like to keep only personal files or if you'd like to delete everything.
The installation will begin, and may reboot your computer several times. Please avoid powering the computer off during this time.
Sign in with the same account you used in Windows 7, your username and password will be the same.
If your OS notifies you that it requires activation, please launch "Software Center" from your Start menu, then select "Windows 10 Activation". This software will license your OS against our servers and activate Windows for you.