How to Transform Windows 7 or 8 Into Windows 10

How to Transform Windows 7 or 8 into Windows 10

Windows 10 is just around the corner, and the new version not only packs some of the best and most interesting features, it is also visually appealing. In fact, it is much better than Windows 8 or 8.1 with revamped start menu, upgraded notification center, updated icon sets, etc.

As most of you know, Windows 10 is free for all the genuine Windows 7 and 8 users as long as you upgrade within one year from the launch date (July 29th). But if you are happy with your current Windows machine and don’t want to upgrade, here is how you can easily transform your Windows machine into Windows 10.

Note:

1. Even though I’m showing this in Windows 8.1, the procedure is similar for Windows 7.

2. The transformation can be applied to Windows Professional and Enterprise versions only. And make sure that you have .NET versions 2, 4 and 4.5 installed as the program we are going to use requires those.

In the process of transforming Windows 7 or 8 into Windows 10, some of the important system files will be modified. As a precaution, it is always a good idea to create a system restore point so that you can easily revert back if anything bad happens.

To create a system restore point, press “Win + X” and select the “System” option. If you are using Windows 7, search for it in the Start menu.

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Once the System window has been opened, click on the “System Protection” link appearing on the left sidebar.

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The above action will open the “System Properties” window. Here, click on the “Create” button appearing at the bottom of the window to create a system restore point.

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In case you are wondering, here is what system restore can and cannot do in Windows.

Transforming Windows 7 or 8 into Windows 10 is easier than you think. To start, download the Windows 10 transformation pack from ThemeMyPC.

The good thing about the software is that it comes with:

  • All the relevant icons, images, fonts, cursors, and sounds
  • Auto repair and update feature
  • Virtual desktops just like in Windows 10 (Sys Internals application)
  • Redesigned Start Menu and a search bar like in Windows 10

Once you’ve downloaded the required file, open it and execute the “Windows 10 Transformation Pack.exe” application.

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The above action will start the installation process. The default options that are pre-selected are enough for most users. Just click on the “Install” button to continue the installation.

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The installation is straightforward; you don’t have to do anything. Once the installation has been completed, restart your system so that the changes will take effect.

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After restarting, the installed program will automatically trigger the Sys Internals Desktops app so that you can have multiple desktops just like in Windows 10. Simply click on the “Agree” button to complete the Desktops installation.

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You’ve successfully transformed your Windows machine into Windows 10.

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Of course, there is no Cortana and the Start menu may not resemble the real Windows 10 start menu, but the app is free, and the developers are pushing updates regularly.

Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above application to transform your Windows machine into Windows 10.

7 comments

  1. If people do this and then decide to accept the official Win 10 upgrade at a later date will the upgrade still work? Will people need to restore their previous Win 7 or 8 versions first? Will the official Win 10 upgrade be invalidated? Any ideas?

  2. I am going to use Macrium Reflect Free to do an image before the installation. Do the install and when it’s finished I will do another backup and also a clone. If it doesn’t work out I will be able to do a restore to exactly how it was before. With the clone I can put 10 on another hard drive.

    • Thanks for the tip Ralph,

      For all doing this:
      Don’t forget to first delete everything you do not need anymore (uninstall old programs), clean your drive with e.g. CCleaner, and if you don’t have a SSD (Solid State Disk) do a defrag with e.g. Defraggler to make the drive to image or clone as small as possible. Do this in this order.

      If you have a SSD check with e.g. Defraggler if you have your files spread out over the whole disk. In that case you still may want to do a defrag but remember that extra write actions will shorten the live of your SSD.

      • Thanks Vinny. I made my computer so I have nothing that I don’t use. All personal stuff is kept elsewhere. I have two SSD drives and use ccleaner every day before shutting down. I also don’t allow the SSDs to index the files to keep down the read and writes which shorten the life of the drive.

  3. I wanted to try this out, just to see what Windows 10 Desktop would look like. I am very pleased, to see that basically, nothing changed with my icons or Taskbar. Everything, I previously had on Windows 7 … Is there and in order!

    I do realize that, this is not Windows 10, but, it does give me a good chance to see, what I can do with the Windows 10 desktop. I LOVE the Start Menu. It is easy to operate and will designed. I can’t believe that I am honestly, praising Windows 10. I usually, do not like the improvements of Microsoft.

    I want to know, just like Graham does … Will this “Theme” program, have to be removed, before the Windows 10 upgrade???

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