Windows 7 to Windows 10 Update Tips & Troubleshooting

Microsoft has officially ended Windows 7 support. It's time for Windows 7 users upgraded to Windows 10 timely. It's FREE. In any case you've run into problems in Windows 7 to Windows 10 update, apply the comprehensive troubleshooting guide prensented on the page.

What Does End of Windows 7 Support Mean?

According to the official announcement: "As of January 14, 2020, your computer running Windows 7 will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide the following support", including [1]Software updates ; [2]Security updates or fixes; [3]Technical support for any issues.

While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. As a consequence, put you in danger of severe data loss. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. Follow our advice of Windows 7 to Windows 10 update tips here, and solve the common Windows 10 update problems as well.

Must-read Tips for Windows 10 Update

As long as you decide to update to Windows 10 Update without affecting computer data and performance, you must follow the two steps below carefully in case that something goes wrong during the update process. Most importantly, once you've installed the update, you're only given a limited time of rolling system back.

October 2018 Update
October 2018

10 Days Rollback
Fall Creators Update
October 2017

Anniversary Update
August 2016

Windows 10 Update
July 2015

10 Days Rollback
Creators Update
April 2017

November Update
November 2015

10 Days Rollback
April 2018 Update
May 2018

Windows 10 October 2018 Update Version 1809, released in 2018 Oct., allows rollback within 10 days;
Windows 10 April 2018 Update Version 1803, released in 2018 May, allows rollback within 10 days;
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Version 1709, released in 2017 Oct., allows rollback within 10 days;
Windows 10 Creators Update Version 1703, released in 2017 Apr., allows rollback within 10 days;
Windows 10 Anniversary Update Version 1607, released in 2016 Aug., allows rollback within 30 days;
Windows 10 November Update Version 1511, released in 2015 Nov., allows rollback within 30 days;
Windows 10 Version 1507, initially released in 2015 Jul., allows 30 days rollback.

Note: By clicking Start > Settings > System > About, you can check your current Windows Edition, Version and OS Build.

Prepare PC Ready Before Update

Prepare your PC before starting to download and install Windows 10 in case of any unexpected update errors.

01. Leave Enough Space for System Disk/C Drive

Windows 10 Update ISO files require at least 4GB to 5GB space of the C drive.

To install the 64-bit or 32-bit update for your PC, you're strongly suggested to leave ample room on the system disk partition.

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It's the Cleanup and Optimization feature that clears system junk files, caches in browsers and applications.

02. Take A Full Backup Before Update

A full system backup enables you to downgrade Windows anytime even if you've exceeded the 10 days' rollback limitation. It's time to make a full preparation for a risk-free and worry-free Windows 10 update now.

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Note: You'd better store backup images to a safe place, like extermal hard drive or network location.

Get Windows 7 Ready for Windows 10 Update

Now that you are ready for Windows 10, try either of the following two methods to download and install the update on your PC.

Method 1: Upgrade via Windows Update

1. Go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for Updates
2. Click Update Now and then you need to wait to download and install Windows 10

Method 2: Do a Clean Install via ISO Image

1. Download the Windows 10 ISO file from Microsoft
2. Create a installation media disk
3. Clean install Windows 10

Windows 10 Update Troubleshooting

Come across Windows 10 update and install problems like update stuck, fail to install, blue or black screen of death or infinite boot loop? Find troubleshooting solutions here if any issue arouses and prevents you from downloading and installing Windows 10 as wish.
  • Update Stuck/Fail to Install

    Stuck at checking for update,
    Fails to install, Stuck at loading screen.

  • BSOD

    Blue Screen of Death
    Black Screen of Death

  • Windows 10 Can't Boot

    Windows boot loop
    Windows won't boot

If you are faced with Windows 10 getting stuck at various percentage numbers like 0, 10, 32, 66, 87, 99 or 100, get the fixes here and learn how to avoid future risks of Windows 10 update stuck.

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1. the mentioned scenarios will definitely disable computer from booting up normally;
2. some of the troubleshootings down beneath would potentially cause data loss.
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Method 1. Delete Data Store and Download folder, recheck for update

Step 1. Stop Windows update service:

Go to Start - All Programs - Accessories - Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator;
Type: net stop wuauserv and hit Enter to stop Windows update service;
Wait till 'The Windows update service was stopped successfully' message pops up.

Step 2. Delete two folders: Go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and delete all files in "DataStore" and "Download" folder.

Step 3. Start Windows update service: type: net start wuauserv and hit Enter to start Windows update service. Finally, restart PC and recheck Windows update.

Method 2. Run Windows troubleshooter and redownload Windows 10 update

Method 3. Repair Windows update error

Method 4. Disable and enable Windows service

Don't Like Windows 10 Update After Some Use? Let's Go Back!

As you can tell on the timeline of each Windows 10 update, you're given 10 days to revert back to the previous version via the inbuilt Windows rollback feature. Nevertheless, you can also choose to go back by restoring a system backup image at any time even beyond the time limit!

Roll back to previous version within 10 days

Go to Settings > Update & security > Recovery;
Under Go back to the previous version of Windows 10 or Go back to an earlier build, click Get Started.

Downgrade Windows 10 after 10 days

If you have done the system backup job before update, please follow these two methods below:

Method 1. Restore system via image created by File History

Go to Settings > Update & recovery;
Find Advanced startup under Recovery, and click Restart now;
When PC restarts, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > System image recovery;
Follow the onscreen guidelines to restore and downgrade Windows 10 to the previous system then.

Method 2. Restore system via image created by EaseUS Todo Backup