Did you skip Windows 8? Interested in upgrading your PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10, but not planning on installing Windows 8 in between? You’re in luck. The next version of Windows, Windows 10, aka Windows codename “Threshold” will let you upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 just fine.
Questions about upgrading or activating Windows 10?
Read everything there is to know about Windows 10 licensing, free upgrade eligibility, and more in our exposé on the topic: Windows 10 activation and licensing explained.
After setup begins, it’ll automatically go through the process of checking your PC for compatibility, then offer to upgrade your PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10. In the past, Windows Setup has done that before, but the “upgrade” option is actually a tricky “keep personal files but not apps” in reality – clicking “Help me decide” will reveal the truth:
In this case, Windows 10 setup is actually offering to upgrade your Windows 7 PC and keep your applications/software/documents intact.
Note that you won’t be able to upgrade from 32-bit (x86) Windows 7 to 64-bit (x64) Windows 10. It’s unclear as of right now whether or not Microsoft will be releasing a 32-bit version of Windows 10 at all come RTM. In the past, there were rumors that Windows 8 would be 64-bit only, but that proved to be a moot concern and 32-bit versions of Windows 8 (as ill-advised as they may be) have been chugging along just fine. Windows 10 Technical Preview is available for download in both 32-bit and 64-bit ISO for now.