One of the issues with upgrading to Windows 10 is that you have to rely on an online upgrade process. First you need to click on the little Windows icon in the task tray to reserve your upgrade, then the installation files are downloaded to your computer (which can take a lot of time, depending on your Internet service provider). Then the upgrade process begins.
But what if you don’t get the invitation, or perhaps you need to install Windows 10 a second time. What then?
Below are some links to a couple of very helpful Microsoft sites.
Download Windows 10 This site will get you the download files for either 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 10. If you are doing the free upgrade, you can only upgrade 32 bit to 32 bit or 64 bit to 64 bit. You cannot upgrade 32 bit to 64 bit, even if your hardware supports 64 bit. That requires a full new installation, and a 25 digit license key to activate it. Please read an follow all the directions here, especially if you want a “free” upgrade.
Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool To me, this looks like the site of choice if you just want to replicate the free upgrade process, but you never got the invitation. Again, read an follow the instructions.
- PC World – The Windows 10 upgrade: Who should do it, who could wait
- PC World – How to install Windows 10 on your PC