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If you’re curious to know which version you’re using before getting started, check out our guide to figuring out if you’re running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows.
RELATED: Likewise, the update tool will figure out the appropriate edition of Windows, as well.
The update procedure is non-destructive (you won’t lose personal files or installed apps), and we don’t anticipate you’ll run into any problems. At the very least, make sure you have your important files backed up.
Better yet, consider making a full image backup of your PC using either Windows’ built in System Image Backup or a third party tool like Macrium Reflect.
In short, whatever bit-version and edition of Windows you are running on your about-to-be-upgraded machine, is the version of Windows 10 you’ll end up with after the update.
When you’re ready to upgrade, run the installer tool (named Media Creation Tool) to get started.
To check if your copy of Windows 8 is activated, press Windows W to pull up the Setting search, type “activated” into the search box, and then open the “See if Windows Is Activated” result.
The resulting window shows if your copy of Windows is activated.
RELATED: : if you want to do a totally clean installation and not an upgrade, please see our article How to Clean Install Windows 10.