Upgrade to Windows 10 free, here’s how
Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer still works for many Windows 7 and 8 users.
With support for Windows 7 ending in January 2020, Microsoft is encouraging users to upgrade to Windows 10 to keep devices running securely and smoothly. On Microsoft’s website, the Windows 10 Home Operating system costs $139 to download. However, you don’t necessarily have to shell out the cash: A free upgrade offer from Microsoft that technically ended in 2016 still works.
Windows 7 users who don’t upgrade to the new version will no longer be able to get Microsoft’s security updates or fixes, or technical support for any issues — leaving your computer at greater risk from viruses and malware. While Windows 10 users have experienced a number of bugs over the years, upgrading remains the best option for keeping your computer safe, analysts say.
Here’s how to get Windows 10 for free, if you’re currently running a licensed and activated copy of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 ($187 at Walmart) Home or Pro.
To get Windows 10, you’ll just have to download and run Media Creation Tool on Windows 7/8/8.1 and upgrade the PC to Windows 10. After the upgrade, connect to the internet and your older Windows license will be converted to a Windows 10 license.
“You still can do this no problem, however careful, do an upgrade keeping everything as if you choose to yeet everything and start fresh, you lose your free upgrade. That old 7 license converts to a 10 digital license and from there you can clean install no problem. As for audits, this mainly is for volume licensing than anything. An SMB with 10-200 Windows 7 machines that were OEM licensed don’t really matter. If you try this with 1,000 computers, iffy. At the end of the day, Microsoft had four years to close that loophole and never did so if worse came to worse, you could technically go through legal avenues as the EULA for 10 literally doesn’t have a clause for this at all. You can’t shit on someone taking advantage of an activation workaround when you as the manufacturer never closed it.”
According to an ex- Microsoft worker, Windows 10’s free upgrade for a year was ‘marketing fluff’ to maximize the adoption of the operating system. Coke Robot also shed some light on the now-expired Windows 10 free upgrade offer.
How to upgrade to Windows 10 for free
- Visit the Windows 10 download page from here.
- Click the ‘Download Tool now’ button to download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.
- Open the Media Creation Tool and accept the license terms.
Select the ‘Upgrade this PC now’ option and click Next.
The tool will prompt you as to whether you wish keep everything or start from scratch. Select to Keep all apps and files and continue.
Once you click on the Install button, Windows 10 will begin to be installed. This process can take quite a while and the computer will restart numerous times.
After Windows 10 is finished installing, connect to the internet and open Settings > Windows Update > Activation and the PC will be activated with a digital license. You can also enter your Windows 7 or Windows 8.x product key and activate Windows 10 if the device is not already activated.
Remember that the offer works only if you are using a genuine license of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. By following this guide, you will receive a digital license valid for the life of the hardware.
During the upgrade process, Windows will connect to Microsoft’s activation servers and your PC acquires a digital license or entitlement of Windows 10.
You’ll see “Windows is activated with a digital license” message on Windows activation page (Settings > Update & security > Activation).
The digital license is associated with the device and unless the hardware is changed, you can perform a clean installation of the same edition of Windows 10 with Media Creation Tool or the ISO files, and activation is automatic.
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It should be noted that if you have a Windows 7 or 8 Home license, you can only update to Windows 10 Home, while Windows 7 or 8 Pro can only be updated to Windows 10 Pro (the upgrade is not available for Windows Enterprise.
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