Computer equipment installer Microsoft has introduced a new Windows 7 installation guide, which you can download to help you install Windows 8 and Windows 10 on your laptop.
The Windows 7 setup guide can be downloaded here:Windows 7 Setup Guide.
Microsoft says that the new guide will help you “identify the features that you might find most important for you” and “prepare your system to be as compatible as possible”.
The guide is also accompanied by an “Installing Windows” section which explains how to “install” Windows, and “Configuring Windows” which explains Windows’ basic features.
The Windows 7 upgrade guide is available for free on Microsoft’s website and is aimed at “customers who want to upgrade their PC from Windows 7 to Windows 10”, but the company has also promised to update the guide every year to keep up with Windows 10’s changes.
The Windows 8 upgrade guide can also be downloaded for free, but Microsoft warns that this will require you to upgrade to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, which will cost you an additional $150.
Microsoft has also been encouraging its Windows 8 customers to take advantage of the free upgrade offer by installing Windows 10 Pro from a third-party source.
Microsoft is also offering free upgrades to Windows 7 customers who install Windows 10 from a free, enterprise-class, Windows Server 2016 server.
If you have a Windows 7 computer that you want to install from an alternative source, Microsoft advises that you “consider the possibility of getting a Windows 8 PC from a retail store”.
You can check your options by clicking on the “Upgrade” tab at the top of the Windows 7 Windows Installer toolbar, and clicking on “Other”.