The Windows 10 free upgrade program, which should last a year, is reportedly still available to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. Customers with older Windows operating systems can download the free tool from the official Windows 10 download page to upgrade to Windows 10. However, according to a report, users must have an original copy of the older operating system from which they want to upgrade. In addition, a suspected Microsoft employee announced that the original free upgrade to an annual plan was just a marketing gimmick.
Windows 10 was introduced back in 2015. At the time, Microsoft stated that users of older Windows operating systems could upgrade to the latest version for free for one year. But 4 years later, Windows 10 is still available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 users with a real license as tested by Windows Latest. To upgrade to Windows 10 for free after making sure you are running a genuine version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, go to the official download page and do the following:
- Go to the Windows 10 download page and click “Download the tool now‘.
- Open the Media Creation Tool and select “Update this PC now‘.
- You have to click the “Click” buttonAccept‘Button to agree to the terms and conditions.
- Select the upgrade option where you will keep your files and information.
- Follow the steps to complete the installation.
- Once you are connected to the internet, go to Windows Update > activation.
- Click on the ‘activate‘if necessary and your PC will be activated with a real license.
- You can also enter your Windows 7 product key here.
In an older Reddit post from last year by a self-proclaimed Microsoft employee, it goes on to say, “The entire” free “upgrade for a year was a complete marketing fluff.” The reason for this, as mentioned in the post, was that upgrade statistics were more valuable to Microsoft than license revenue. The Reddit user also states that if you install Windows 10 as a new operating system, you will lose your free upgrade.
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