Windows 7, 8 or 10 Professional Upgrade

Tough Rugged Laptops is proud to offer our Windows XP, 7 , 8 or 10 Professional upgrade service.

So how does it work? In short, read the information below to prepare your Toughbook, ship it to our service center, we upgrade and install a clean fully functioning registered and licensed version of Windows 7 ,8 , 10 Professional, then ship it back to you. We ensure all drivers and settings are set up correctly to avoid any headaches. Please read all the sections to the right or give us a call at 800-441-9165 or get a quick quote by clicking here.

What does end of support mean to customers?

It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as:

Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.

Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support: A recent industry report from Gartner Research suggests "many independent software vendors (ISVs) are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP in 2011; in 2012, it will become common."
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How to prepare for your Windows Upgrade

When prepping your upgrade to Windows 7,8 10 , make note of all the applications you are using and ensure that they can run on Windows 7,8,10. Along with checking your software compatibility, also make note of any external hardware devices you may use that require drivers and check compatibility of those as well.

Check to make sure you have enough free space to compensate for the large size of Windows 7,8,10 Pro. For example, Windows XP can take as little as 1.5GB of storage whereas Windows 7 64-bit takes at least 20GB. If you do not have enough space, we provide hard drive upgrade options at the time of purchase for your convenience.

If you choose to use our Migration Service we can transfer most files such as Word docs, PDFs, music, movies etc (but not applications). If you choose not to go with this service, make sure you perform the necessary backups using either your own external drive or cloud based solution.

Your Windows 7,8,10 Pro install will be a fresh, clean install. All data on the drive will be wiped and it will not be possible to recover should you need to.
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Windows Minimum hardware specifications:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
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How long will it take?

From the time it gets to our service center in California, it will take no longer than 2 business days to complete the upgrade process. If Migration and Cleaning is added on, it will depend on our production schedule but this normally wouldn't affect the ship date at all. If there happens to be any delays or issues we will inform you immediately or state it formally in a quote to forewarn you.
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How much does this all cost?

The upgrade only costs $129. This includes:
  • Officially licensed and registered version of Windows 7,8,10 Professional
  • Discounted shipping to and from our facility
  • Our life-time tech support for all our customers
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Cleaning and Migration Service

Is your rugged laptop filthy? Is the top case faded, scratched or stained? Working with countless numbers of refurbished Panasonic Toughbooks we here at Tough Rugged Laptops have mastered how to cosmetically clean and restore a Toughbook to near-factory looks. It will feel like a brand new laptop alongside it's upgrade to Windows 7,8,10! Our professional cleaning service is only $29.

Our Migration Service is a $149 optional upgrade where we move as many of your documents, music, movies etc to the upgraded Windows Professional drive. This does not include applications, registry modifications or any changes to Windows system settings.
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Hardware upgrades

At the time of purchase you will be given few options to upgrade your hardware. As stated above, we offer hard drive upgrades in case the upgrade to Windows 7,8,10 Pro is too large to fit on the current drive. Our current upgrade pricing:
  • 320GB Hard Drive - $89.00
  • 500GB Hard Drive - $29.00
  • 1TB Hard Drive - $129.00
  • 128GB SSD Drive - $89.00
  • 256GB SSD Drive - $199.00
  • 512GB SSD Drive - $369.00
If a hard drive upgrade is purchased, we will return the original hard drive it is sent with.
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FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Can I just buy a new hard drive and caddy and keep what I have?
Of course! Simply "upgrade" to a hard drive size of your choice when purchasing the Windows 7,8,10 Pro upgrade and make sure to purchase the appropriate caddy in our Accessories section for the model you are upgrading.

I need this upgrade fast, can I upgrade the shipping?
Yes, please email or call us with your information and we can send a custom quote. Please note that this does not speed up the 2 day upgrade process, only the shipping times.

Why should I go with you guys and not Best Buy or just do it myself?
Tough Rugged Laptops' engineers are not only Microsoft Refurbished Licensed but have several years of experience working with Panasonic Toughbook and other rugged laptops on a daily basis. Panasonic Toughbook laptops are unique in how one must install drivers, upgrade the BIOS and how they must maintain stability to ensure full functionality of external hardware. Purchasing the OEM license alone is already $140+, add in many hours of research, labor and migrating your documents and decide if it's worth it for you.
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Are there any useful links you suggest looking at?

There are many helpful ones provided by Microsoft:

Windows 7 System Requirements:

Hardware Compatibility Check:

Getting started with Windows 7:

Windows XP support ending in 2014:
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