Windows 7 to Windows 11 upgrade

Windows 11: hands-on video with upgrade process from Windows 7

The Media Creation Tool makes it possible to upgrade a Windows 7 PC to Windows 11 easily. Here's an early look at the upgrade process.

Windows 11 also supports upgrading from Windows 7, and in this hands-on video, we will show you the entire process.

An early version of Windows 11 recently leaked onto the web, and along with some of the features and changes, the internal build also gives us a glimpse of how the process has been updated to upgrade a Windows 7 machine to Windows 11.

Similar to previous versions, you can also use the Media Creation Tool to perform an in-place upgrade of Windows 7 to Windows 11. The process is similar to upgrading a Windows 10 device, but you only get the option to keep your files. This upgrade path does not support preserving your files or applications. This means that you will need to configure your preferences after the upgrade, and you will to install your applications manually.

Also, after the upgrade, you will be presented with a screen to configure your privacy settings before you are directed to the new desktop.

This hands-on video is not meant to be an instructional guide to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 11 since the OS still not ready. At the time of this writing, it’s not recommended to upgrade to Windows 11.

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About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].