I will be the first to admit it is not my favourite operating system but, most of the bugs have been ironed out and generally speaking it works quite well. Do check hardware compatibility though and of course if you have any music software that will only work under Windows 7 you may need to upgrade or move to something new.
You do need to choose the upgrade where you keep your files and information. So in other words not a clean install of Windows 10. If you choose to do a clean install, you lose the ability to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, and will need to buy a Windows 10 licence.
To upgrade for free, use the Windows Media Creation Tool and select to upgrade from there. Enter in your Windows 7 (or Windows licence key, and you should soon have a Windows 10 running – for free.
If for any reason you do not know your Windows 7 product key it is usually on a sticker on the base or back of your machine. If not you can still recover it as it is stored in the registry, only it is in binary format so not easily readable.
Use NirSoft’s ProduKey to Recover Product Keys (Even if You Can’t Boot the PC)
The easiest way to get access to your product key is with a third-party utility such as that made by NirSoft. There is no hidden adware or other nonsense in this software. The only issue with this particular utility is that some antivirus will detect it as a false positive, because some malware might try to steal your product key.
Note: the NirSoft keyfinder won’t always work for OEM computers, depending on how they decided to activate the licenses. If your OEM installed your computer and used a single key for all their PCs, this won’t work. It also doesn’t work for Office 2013.
All you have to do is download ProduKey, unzip it, and then run it to immediately see all of your product keys. It’s as simple as that.
Find the Windows Key Without Any Software (Advanced Users Only)
You can easily create a simple VBscript that will read the value out of the registry and then translate it into the format that you need for reinstalling.
Copy and paste the following into Notepad:
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Set WshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") MsgBox ConvertToKey(WshShell.RegRead("HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId")) Function ConvertToKey(Key) Const KeyOffset = 52 i = 28 Chars = "BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789" Do Cur = 0 x = 14 Do Cur = Cur * 256 Cur = Key(x + KeyOffset) + Cur Key(x + KeyOffset) = (Cur \ 24) And 255 Cur = Cur Mod 24 x = x -1 Loop While x >= 0 i = i -1 KeyOutput = Mid(Chars, Cur + 1, 1) & KeyOutput If (((29 - i) Mod 6) = 0) And (i <> -1) Then i = i -1 KeyOutput = "-" & KeyOutput End If Loop While i >= 0 ConvertToKey = KeyOutput End Function
Once you’ve saved it, you can just double-click and the popup window will show you your product key.