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How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Version 1803 Spring Creators Update from Windows 7

NOTE: If your computer has a Intel Clover Trail processor, its not compatible with Windows 10 1803, 1709 or 1703. Those computers should continue to use Windows 10 1607, which will continue to receive support until January 2023. 

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Technical Level : Basic

Despite a free upgrade offer that lasted for one year, many users running Windows 7 skipped the Windows 10 offer. That said, computers still running the much older version of Windows can still upgrade to Windows 10. I decided to create a tutorial using Windows 7. Even after three major revisions, users running even the Windows 7 RTM release can perform an in place upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 called the Creators Update. The process no different from the initial release, but if you are curious to know what its like and what you can do to get that PC on the latest version of Windows, here is how you do it.


For users running previous version of Windows such as Windows 7 you will need to purchase a license for the Windows 10, if you did not take advantage of the free upgrade offer. You might still qualify for the free upgrade through several channels. See links to resources:

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Still Available

The Windows 10 version 1803 are part of Microsoft’s ongoing strategy to deliver Windows as a service.

How to get the Windows 10 Creators Update ISO.

The Media Creation Tool will be updated so you can download the latest version ISO containing the Windows 10 Creators Update. To learn more about how to download the ISO file, check out the following article:

How to download official Windows 10 ISO files

How to create a bootable copy of the Windows 10 Creators Update ISO.

Before you can use the Windows 10 Creators Update ISO, you need to initialize it. Whether you choose to burn to a blank DVD or copy the install files to an empty USB thumb drive. Learn how to do it:

How to Prepare Bootable Install Media for Windows 10 - DVD, USB or SD Card

For troubleshooting instructions, please scroll down further.

Starting the Upgrade

Boot to the Windows 7 desktop. If you are installing from a DVD or USB thumb drive, insert or connect it, then click Run setup.exe.  If setup does not start automatically, click Start > Computer > open the drive containing the Windows 10 setup files, then double click Setup.exe.

Click Yes if prompted by the User Account Control dialog.

Wait while setup is initialized.

You can select download and install any important updates before upgrading. This is recommended since it can help to ensure a smooth upgrade. If you are not connected to the Internet, select the Not right now radio box instead. Click Next.

Wait while Windows 10 setup checks your system for compatibility issues.

If your Windows 7 installation is not activated, you will need to enter a valid Windows 10 key; a Windows 7 key will not work. If you don't have a valid Windows 10 key, then you will have to boot from the Windows 10 install media (DVD or USB), then perform a clean install, skip when prompted to enter a product key, then activate using your Windows 7 product key after reaching the desktop. If you have your Windows 7 product key, try activating your installation first, then restart setup.

Accept the End User License Agreement.

Wait while Windows 10 setup does one final check to ensure your system is ready.

Windows 10 setup will check if you have enough disk space. If you don’t, review the following article for instructions how to upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update on a system with limited space:

How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Creators Update on a Drive with Limited Space

Note, you have the option of choosing what you would like to keep, which includes personal files, apps and settings.

If you want to perform a new install or just keep your files click Change what to keep. Once you have chosen the desired options, click Install to begin.

To learn more about performing a clean install: How to: Perform a clean install of Windows 10

This will be your screen for a little while. During the installation, your computer will restart several times.

After the first restart, Windows 10 setup will resume. You will notice the setup experience has once again been refined from the previous animated circle. This will be your screen for a while. When complete, Windows 10 setup will restart automatically.

Users upgrading from Windows 7, will have a few more steps to complete before reaching the desktop. Click Next, to sign in.

Here, you can adjust your privacy settings. This will let you choose what you want Windows 10 to know about you. You can accept the defaults or take your time and review them. Click the toggle button to turn on/off a setting. You can also make changes at anytime after reaching the desktop, click Start > Settings > Privacy.

Cortana is the new digital assistant built into Windows 10 that helps you do all sorts of things like: track package, find information on the web and your PC, find the name of a song playing, tell a joke, create a reminder or schedule an appointment. Cortana is not required, but it makes Windows 10 a unique experience.

Windows 10 comes built in with a new generation of programs called universal apps. These apps can do many things like manage your images (Photos); buy, listen and stream music (Groove); buy, watch, TV and movies (Movies & TV); browse the web safely, ask questions, write on web pages and enhance with extensions (Edge). You can change the defaults here and anytime in Windows 10. Click Next to continue.

Sign into your account.

Wait while Windows 10 completes application updates and post setup tasks.

That’s it, the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update is installed.You can check Windows Update for latest updates, click Start > Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Check for Updates.

How to prepare your computer before upgrading?

Although updating to Windows 10 version 1803  is a relatively simple process, similar to a repair upgrade; users should perform some basic pre-requisites before initiating the upgrade.

If you are finding it difficult to carry out some of the steps described below, please review detailed instructions how to perform them:

12 Things You Should Do Before Installing Windows 10

When making significant changes to your computer such as updating the operating system, you should always backup.

  • Disable (preferrably uninstall) your Antivirus utility before attempting the upgrade.

  • Restart a few times then try again.

  • Disable General USB Devices (example - Smart Card Reader). You can do this from the Device Manager.

  • If you have any external devices attached to the machine, disconnect them (example, gaming controllers, USB keys, external hard disk, printers, non-essential devices).

  • Load your BIOS the reset the BIOS defaults.

  • Check if there are any available BIOS updates for your system, then apply them.

  • Perform a clean boot, restart then try again.

  • If you are upgrading using the .ISO file, disconnect from the Internet during setup, if you are connected by LAN (Ethernet) or Wi-Fi, disable both then attempt setup again. 

  • If you are updating through Windows Update, when the download reaches 100% disconnect from the Internet LAN (Ethernet) or Wi-Fi then proceed with the installation.

  • If that does not work, try using the .ISO file to upgrade if possible.

  • If you are connected to a domain, switch to a local account or upgrade based on your System Administrators discretion.

It's April 5 as of now, is the Media Creation tool already updated on providing Creators Update instead of Anniversary Update rn?

We had an elderly customer who missed the free Windows 10 upgrade offer because they ended up in hospital with a heart attack. We had originally booked to do the upgrade for them but due to the above health issue we could not.

I contacted the Microsoft Partner contact and explained the situation and asked if Microsoft would make an exemption for this customer, they refused to help.

Very poor form Microsoft.

We had an elderly customer who missed the free Windows 10 upgrade offer because they ended up in hospital with a heart attack. We had originally booked to do the upgrade for them but due to the above health issue we could not.

I contacted the Microsoft Partner contact and explained the situation and asked if Microsoft would make an exemption for this customer, they refused to help.

Very poor form Microsoft.

As far as I'm aware you can still upgrade from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10 for free as long as your Win 7, 8 or 8.1 product key is good. Just run the media creation toolkit and enter the product key when prompted and you should be good to go.

i actualy wan't to downgrade because This Creators Uptade made for my computer more problems in 1month ? ( idk when it came out ) but yeah i can't play most of my games on steam than in 2 years my windows 8.1 and 10 I REALLY WAN'T TO DOWNGRADE OR MY 140$ GO TO SH*T

• Feature update to Windows 10, version 1709 - Error 0xc1900201

Your Not Error To Install Windows 10 Setup NOW to version. 1709 on Fall Creator Updates

Is Boot Select (USB FLASH DRIVER & DVD) your PC install your Windows 10 home/pro/S

to Storage 1 GB 32Bit & 2GB 64Bit

on product key windows setup 

Not try again is setup media creation tool download visit:
Windows 10 disc (ISO Image)

Howto Install Windows 10 setup

1 click open setup.exe

2 Click Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC> Click Next

3 Select language, architecture, and Edition


- Edition: Windows 10

Architecture: 32bit 

- Click Next

4 Choose which media to use


- connected usb fd: HP V2.50 8GB> Click Next

- Downloading Windows 10: 0 Completed

- Complete Windows 10 media To HP V2.50 8GB> Click Start> Click Power> Click Restart


device more Windows 10 Home/Pro:

Surface Book 2, Surface Laptops, Asus, Toshiba, Acer, Lenovo, Dell and all device

Features on windows 10: Home/Pro/S

- Windows Hello

- Security


- Windows Ink

- Touchscreen

- 4K Ultra HD

- Windows Mixed Reality

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hello there at yet l did not get upgrading update from window 1703 to 1709 why ?


hello there at yet l did not get upgrading update from window 1703 to 1709 why ?

Same here, received since June many Quality and Feature updates for 1709 that all failed because I was not offered to upgrade from 1703 to 1709. I now hide the 1709 updates as I wasted my time trying to install 1709 updates.

Update 22 December 2017

I am using a HP Mini with an Atom chip and that is the Clover Trail processor incompatible with versions 1703 and 1709. I now have to roll back to version1607 with an Windows 10 ISO file in order to receive (and install) updates till 2023.


Hi Andre,

I have some questions about the W10 ISO file that I am trying to download with MCT version 10.0.16299.15 but it won't start downloading (0% progress after 12 hours). I selected "Create installation media......." as I don't have an 8 GB USB stick and no dual layered DVD disk so I want to install from the ISO file saved on my HDD directly. The reason I want to reinstall W10 Home 1607 32-bit is my processor is a Clover Trail (Intel Atom) and I was running it OK with 1703 till last month but now no more updates will install and upgrades to 1709 of course also don't install. How big is this ISO file? Why cannot I select the version (1607) in MCT as I am afraid it will try to download 1709 as I already have 1703 installed? My link is very slow (2G) but I have been downloading updates successfully before (12 hours sometimes).



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