How to Upgrade to Windows 10 From Windows 7 for Free

The Windows 10 installer splash screen against a Windows 7 desktop background.

Windows 7 is dead, but you don’t have to pay to upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft has quietly continued the free upgrade offer for a few years. You can always upgrade any PC with a authentic Windows 7 or Windows 8 license for Windows 10.

How the free upgrade works

Assuming you are using a Windows PC with an authentic and activated Windows 7 (or Windows 8) key, you can upgrade to Windows 10 in a few clicks. Your PC will receive an authentic, activated Windows 10 key, just as it worked in the first year of Windows 10 when the free upgrade offer was officially announced.

You can also upgrade a PC by performing a clean installation of Windows 10, even if no operating system is installed. Just provide a valid Windows 7 (or Windows 8) key.

There is no guarantee that it will work forever, but it still worked on January 14, 2020. Microsoft may someday unplug the plug and cut new upgrades. But, for now, you can still upgrade. And, after performing the upgrade, your PC gets a valid Windows 10 key that will continue to work, even if Microsoft stops authorizing further upgrades in the future.

Update: Note that we cannot talk about the commercial licensing side here. If you have Windows 7 PCs in your organization, Microsoft may not find you in compliance with the terms of its license agreement after using this method to upgrade your corporate PCs. We wouldn’t care about personal computers, but companies should probably contact their Microsoft licensing partner for more details.

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Back up before upgrade

Before you start, we recommend save your files. The upgrade process should not erase your files unless you choose to erase them, but it is always a good idea to have a current backup, especially when you are performing a major system upgrade. exploitation.

We also encourage you to find your Windows 7 (or Windows 8) key, just in case you need it. This key can be printed on a sticker on your PC case or on your laptop. If you installed Windows 7 or Windows 8 yourself, you will want to find the license key you purchased.

If your PC does not have a sticker, you can still use a tool like NirSoft ProduKey to find the license key currently in use on your PC.

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How to upgrade to Windows 10 for free

To get your free upgrade, go to Download the Microsoft Windows 10 website. Click the “Download Tool Now” button and download the .exe file. Run it, click on the tool and select “Upgrade this PC now” when prompted.

Yes, it’s that simple. We’re not doing anything sneaky here: Microsoft chooses to let people upgrade via the tool.

Using the Windows 10 Configuration Tool to upgrade a Windows 7 system.

If you prefer a clean installation, you can select “Create installation media” and then provide a valid Windows 7 or 8 key when installing Windows 10.

After the upgrade

During the upgrade process, you can choose to keep all the files on your system or start from scratch.

Once installed, you can go to the Settings> Update & Security> Activation screen. You will see that your system is “activated with a digital license. “

If you sign into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account, this license will be linked to your Microsoft account, which will make it even easier to reactivate Windows 10 on your PC if you need to install it.

Windows 10 Settings screen indicating that it is activated with a digital license.

And yes, you should be able to perform a fresh install of Windows 10 In the future. Windows 10 activation will then be “home phone”, note that your hardware configuration has a valid license in the file and will activate automatically.

If you have a Windows 7 system, it’s really a good idea to upgrade. If you don’t want to use Windows 10, consider Linux installation, get a Chromebook, or switch to Mac. You don’t have to use Windows 10, but we think you should upgrade from Windows 7.

We have been testing this for years and other sites like PC World, ZDNet, The edge, and Sleep computer have recently checked this method as well.

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