If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, you’re ok. You can still download the Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft and install it on your PC…if you have enough horsepower. Windows 10 is somewhat more needy of your computer’s resources. You shouldn’t even think about running Win 10 unless you have at least 8 GB RAM and probably a Solid State Disk (SSD).
You can easily upgrade your RAM by using Crucial’s Memory Finder. Just click on the link, then click on Scan Computer. Once you know what you have, you can either buy direct from Crucial or chose your favorite online vendor.
For an upgrade to SSD, I go with Samsung EVO. I love these and have them in all of my PC’s that once contained traditional spinning hard drives. Here are three options for you: 500 GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB.
Once you have your parts in hand, you will want to install your memory and make sure it boots into Windows 7 like it has in the past.
There are several cloning utilities available. If you are bold, you can even download something like CloneZilla and install it on a spare USB Flash Drive.
Take out your existing Hard Drive and install the new SSD. Attach your old Hard Drive to your computer using something like this USB to SATA adapter. Once you have it attached, boot your PC from your cloning utility, and away you go.
Once you have cloned your drive, you can shut down the PC and disconnect your old HD.
Boot into Windows 7. You will probably notice with your new SSD and upgraded Memory that your computer is much faster…just wait.
Go to Microsoft’s Win 10 download page and download directly to your Win 7 installation. After the download is complete, run the installer. Your PC will reboot several times. If all went well, you should be up and running Windows 10 after a couple of hours. Once 10 is running, make sure to install the latest Windows Updates.