Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free ( from Win 7 / 8 / 8.1)

Upgrade to Windows 10 for free right now

Microsoft is encouraging Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 before support for the former ends in January 2020.

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.

When Windows 10 was first released in July 2015, Microsoft offered an unprecedented free upgrade offer for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users, good through July 2016. But in 2017, reporter Ed Bott from CNET sister site ZDNet reported that the free upgrade tool was still functional. As of November 2019, readers still report that it works, Bott confirmed to CNET. I tried it out, and was able to upgrade a 2014 Dell OptiPlex 9020 desktop machine from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro.

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 bugsover 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:

1. Go to the Download Windows 10website.

2. Under Create Windows 10 installation media , click Download tool now and Run .

3. Choose Upgrade this PC now , assuming this is the only PC you’re upgrading. (If you’re upgrading a different machine, choose Create installation media for another PC , and save the installation files.)

4. Follow the prompts.

5. When the upgrade is complete, go to Settings Update & Security > Activation, and you should see a digital license for Windows 10.

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. Other users may experience blocks as well, depending on your machine). This upgrade using the media creation tool isn’t meant for the general consumer, but it works for many nonetheless.

To get the best Windows 10 experience and take advantage of features like passwordless sign-on through Windows Hello, you’ll want to purchase a new Windows 10 PC (or one released after July 2015) with all the hardware upgrades. If you’re a student or university faculty member, you may also be able to download Windows 10 for free (search for your school’s software offerings here).

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:angry: windows 10 is terrible. Windows 7 was the best.


Completely agree… but with Windows 7 support coming to an end and lot of vulnerabilities left open for hackers to exploit, upgrade to Windows 10 may be the tough pill needed to swallow…

Maybe community builds of windows 7 can continue making security patches?

Community builds? How can you trust those… what if a hacker group plants a ransomware and everyone installs with a time triggered deployment :wink:

Be careful ! I know you live Windows 7… better to stay without updates than to install something outside from Windows :grin:

This is true for anything and everything you Install on windows … Anyway

If only my windows 7 build was legit I could upgrade for free :rofl:


If trustworthy individuals or groups release builds, then I could trust them :face_with_monocle:

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You can always get free Windows 10 by joining Insider Preview for Windows… :+1:t2:

Yeah, but it’s still limited

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I did these upgrades a few years ago and it was easy. As much as I don’t like it seems like my older computers are faster at least a little bit and I have less issues

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I am wondering if WIN10 will work on old devices where WIN7 was perfect.

As far I remember WIN7 was OK.
WIN10 is horrible.

I am running windows 7 on a old laptop that ran windows 95. I tried to put windows 10 on it and all it did was constant reboots, so I went back to windows 7 and there it shall stay. This laptop is mainly for diagnostics for the car so it hardly gets used

Even you would get WIN10 installed, the performance would be incredible bad.
And not to forget you need 32GB for this lousy OS.
What for?

Thanks for the heads up, not sure if Ian going to update mine though :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

I was wondering if I could change my current windows 10 version to a fully legit version.

Mine version has messed up my laptop - Keypad etc no longer works as it should :joy::joy: and of course I didn’t keep my original windows 7 backup etc

I use the microsoft reset tool to roll over my windows 7 every 3 to 6 months. I wonder if it will still work once they stop support for windows 7 :thinking:

I’m not sure, I will have to have a look at the laptop tomorrow to see what options I have.

Anybody here in the forum a member of microsoft insider preview?
I want to go for it and update my laptop. Any ideas?

I like w10 for the most part. The forced updates that aren’t always thoroughly tested drive my crazy occasionally though.

I have registered and part of it for last 4 years, you can sign-up for Insider Preview here… just be sure to select Slow, else you will keep getting more and more updates (fast) …

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