How you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade
January 16, 2017
Everyone knows the free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended on July 29, 2016.That’s when Microsoft officially ended the Get Windows 10 program and, to the relief of many, stopped forcing the GWX tool on to the PCs of unsuspecting users who were perfectly happy with their current version of Windows and had no desire to upgrade.
As of July 30, 2016, the upgrade notifications stopped and the GWX app began disappearing. In theory, that means the only way to get a Windows 10 upgrade is to pay for it.
The funny thing is, no onetold the folks who run Microsoft’s activation servers. Which means today, months after the free upgrade offer supposedly ended, you can still upgrade toWindows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and claim a free digital entitlement, without being forced to jump through any hoops.
You can also still upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro by using a product key from a previous business edition of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 (Pro/Ultimate). That can save you $50-100 in OEM upgrade charges if you buy a new PC with Windows 10 Home preinstalled.
HOW TO UPGRADE AN OLD PC TO WINDOWS 10
Including recycling an Intel small-form-factor,your PC had running Windows Media Center on Windows 7 Ultimate.
When we run the Windows 10 upgrade from Windows 7. After the upgrade was complete, the system would fail activation and I’d be asked for a product key.
Then you greeted with this screen.
You may confirmed the same sequence on two different virtual machines, both created from scratch and running clean, fully activated installs of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, respectively. If youhave a PC running a “genuine” copy of Windows 7/8/8.1 (properly licensed and activated), you can follow the same steps I did to upgrade it to Windows 10.
To get started, go to the Download Windows 10 webpage and click the Download tool nowbutton. After the download completes, run the Media Creation Tool.
If you’ve downloaded the Media Creation Tool on the machine you plan to upgrade, and you plan to upgrade one and only one PC, you can choose the Upgrade this PC now option and be done with it.
If you’re running the tool on a different PC, or if you just want more flexibility, choose the second option and save the installation files to a USB drive or as an ISO file.
After the download is complete, mount the ISO file or open the flash drive in File Explorer and run Setup from there.
And then just follow the prompts to complete the upgrade. You will not be asked for a product key, and when the upgrade is complete, you’ll have a digital license to Windows 10, which you can confirm by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation.