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.
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.
Create a Restore Point
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.
Once the System window has been opened, click on the “System Protection” link appearing on the left sidebar.
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.
In case you are wondering, here is what system restore can and cannot do in Windows.
Transform Windows 7 or 8 Into Windows 10
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ve successfully transformed your Windows machine into Windows 10.
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.