Tutorial - How to switch from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 for free

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If you are still under Windows 8.1, it is possible to switch to Microsoft's most recent operating system: Windows 10. A free maneuver that takes less than half an hour if you are equipped with fiber.



Windows 10 is Microsoft's latest operating system. It has many advantages, including that of updating every 6 months with a new version. If you are still on the previous OS, namely Windows 8.1, it is possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, and quickly.

This passage, completely free, can scare the less experienced users. But don't panic, we'll take you step by step. This should not take more than an hour (with a fiber connection) and does not require you to be an IT specialist to complete it.

Note that if the switch to Windows 10 keeps your files, we advise you to save them on an external medium: USB key, external hard drive or external SSD.

0. The prerequisites

  • An Internet connection
  • A computer running Windows 8.1

1. Download Microsoft Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

To switch from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, the first step is to download the Windows 10 installation media creation tool. You can click the button below to automatically start the download from Microsoft's servers (we let's add nothing) of the free Windows 10 installation media creation tool.



Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, the official tool published by Microsoft to update Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10

  • Version : 21H2
  • Downloads: 6220
  • Release date: 17/11/2021
  • Author: Microsoft
  • License: Free license
  • Categories: Utilities - Operating System
  • Operating system: Windows XP / Vista / 7/8/10/11
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2. The conditions of use


Once the file has downloaded to your PC, all you have to do is launch it. He then proposes a license agreement that must be accepted.


3. Upgrading or creation of support

After a few minutes, the installation software offers the user a new choice. Here, you will need to select the default box ("Upgrade" this PC now) then click "Next".


Windows 10 then downloads. If you have fiber, this should not take more than 2 minutes. Otherwise, you have to be a little more patient.

4. The conditions of use (bis)

After downloading, a new window will appear. This is still the license agreement that must be accepted to continue.

5. End of the operation

Then new updates are downloaded. Then, a last window appears. This is the final step, the one that confirms the definitive abandonment of Windows 8.1.


Once you have clicked on the "Install" button, the installation of Windows 10 will start, displaying a blue window on the entire screen.

It is then necessary to be patient, the installation of the files taking about thirty minutes. The computer restarts several times during the operation, which is quite normal.

6. Windows 10 configuration

Once done, Windows 10 is installed and needs to be configured. These different steps are discussed in our tutorial on installing Windows 10 (read from step 5).

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