How to perform Windows 10 in-place upgrade

There are several ways to upgrade Windows 10. You can use Windows Update service to download the feature update, or you can create an ISO, or you can use the Media Creation Tool. The last one helps you perform Windows 10 In-place upgrade. In this guide, we will share step by step method to do that.

Before we start, you will need to do the following:

  • Ensure you are signed in and have admin privileges.
  • Unplug all external peripherals except mouse, keyboard and LAN cable to download.
  • Disable or uninstall any third-party antivirus or security solutions.

How to perform Windows 10 In-place upgrade

The term in-place means you can perform it without leaving your computer. When we say Windows 10 In-Place upgrade, we mean that you can upgrade your Windows 10 to the next feature update without using any ISO. It is useful when you have an excellent internet connection to download the files.

1] Download Windows 10 Installation Media

Windows 10 In-place upgrade

Go to Windows 10 Download page, and click on Download tool now. It will download an executable file with name MediaCreationTool<version-no>.exe e.g. MediaCreationTool1903.exe.

Once the download is complete, double click to run the application. This exe file is responsible for downloading the latest version of Windows 10 files and installing it on your computer.

2] Windows In-Place Upgrade Process

Upgrade or Create Installation Media or ISO

Once the process starts, you should see the Microsoft License terms. Accept it. Then the process will kick start a “Getting Ready screen.”  Wait for it to complete. This analyzes your computer and then gives you two options-

  • Upgrade PC Now
  • Create installation media (USB, DVD, or ISO file)

For In-Place upgrade, select the Upgrade PC Now option. Click next, and the tool will start downloading the files. It will take a while, and it depends on the speed of your internet connection

Once the download is complete, you will have the option to keep your personal files or start fresh.

If you are performing an in-place upgrade, I would suggest keeping your files. That way, all your problem with previous installations will be gone, and your files will be there.

Keep Personal File Options

Post this, the computer will restart several times, and it will upgrade your existing Windows 10 computer. After its complete, you will be back to the login screen. Here your account will be available.

Log in to the computer, and you will be greeted by the Privacy settings. Make your selections and proceed to the Cortana settings screen. You can follow Cortana’s voice-assisted method to change your language and make other choices. If you do not want to use Cortana, you can do everything manually.

Once it is complete, your Windows 10 has completed the in-upgrade process, and you are all set to use Windows 10 fresh.

It is best to use Windows 10 In-upgrade method to install the latest version of Windows, especially when you are having trouble downloading the feature update.

Read: Windows 10 Fresh Start vs Reset vs Refresh vs Clean install vs In-place Upgrade discussed.

We hope the tutorial was easy to follow, and you were able to perform Windows 10 in-upgrade smoothly.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

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