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Do I need to update my Windows 8 to 8.1 before I can upgrade to Windows 10 for free?

ilovetofu 1,406 408 August 17, 2015 at 11:40 AM
I did a google search and could not find a definitive answer. Anyone who knows for sure please chime in. It would be great if I could upgrade (NOT reinstall) my WIndows 8 to Windows 10 using the Microsoft reservation & upgrade process (I don't want to bother with the ISO method). Thanks.

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I did a google search and could not find a definitive answer. Anyone who knows for sure please chime in. It would be great if I could upgrade (NOT reinstall) my WIndows 8 to Windows 10 using the Microsoft reservation & upgrade process (I don't want to bother with the ISO method). Thanks.

You don't...anything Windows 7 and newer will have windows 10 offered via windows update if it was reserved. You won't necessarily get it right away, but eventually you will, probably in the next few weeks.

I've heard a theory that Microsoft isn't offering upgrades until they have compatible drivers for all your hardware...Not sure if it's true but sounds plausible. Anyway long story short, you'll have your update soon.
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Ok...YES!!!

I had a clean install of 8 and upgrade to 10.

To do so, you are required to upgrade to 8.1 first then 10. I tried upgrading straight from 8, and it would not let me.

Unless there is a way to bypass, the recommended route is 8 -> 8.1 -> 10
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Kind of surprised this worked since W8 didn't receive any upgrades past sometime last year. Very important to keep up on updates for security reasons.
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I don't think so. You can directly update it to windows 10 from windows 8.
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Did you actually try to run the standalone upgrader, aka, the media creation tool [microsoft.com]?
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