Windows 10 upgrade paths

Applies to

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10 Mobile

Upgrade paths

This topic provides a summary of available upgrade paths to Windows 10. You can upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or a later operating system. This includes upgrading from one release of Windows 10 to later release of Windows 10. Migrating from one edition of Windows 10 to a different edition of the same release is also supported. For more information about migrating to a different edition of Windows 10, see Windows 10 edition upgrade.

Windows 10 LTSB: The upgrade paths displayed below do not apply to Windows 10 LTSB. In-place upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 LTSB is not supported. (Note that Windows 10 LTSB 2015 did not block this upgrade path. This was corrected in the Windows 10 LTSB 2016 release, which will now only allow data-only and clean install options.)

Windows N/KN: Windows "N" and "KN" editions follow the same upgrade paths shown below. If the pre-upgrade and post-upgrade editions are not the same type (e.g. Windows 8.1 Pro N to Windows 10 Pro), personal data will be kept but applications and settings will be removed during the upgrade process.

✔ = Full upgrade is supported including personal data, settings, and applications.
D = Edition downgrade; personal data is maintained, applications and settings are removed.

       Windows 10 Home Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Pro Education Windows 10 Education Windows 10 Enterprise Windows 10 Mobile Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise
Windows 7
Starter
Home Basic
Home Premium
Professional D
Ultimate D
Enterprise
Windows 8
(Core)
Professional D
Professional WMC D
Enterprise
Embedded Industry
Windows RT
Windows Phone 8
Windows 8.1
(Core)
Connected
Professional D
Professional Student D
Professional WMC D
Enterprise
Embedded Industry
Windows RT
Windows Phone 8.1
Windows 10
Home
Professional D
Education D
Enterprise
Mobile
Mobile Enterprise D

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