January 14, 2020
Microsoft’s no-cost upgrade offer for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users ended a few years ago, but you can technically still upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Although Microsoft has removed the special upgrade offer sites, the company continues to activate the Windows 10 licenses for people upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
ZDNet’s Ed Bott has been testing this method for years, and the free update still works. It’s also really easy for anyone to upgrade from Windows 7, especially when support for the current operating system ends. Assuming your PC supports the minimum requirements for Windows 10, you will be able to upgrade from Microsoft’s site.
The most important thing to remember is that upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 could erase your settings and applications. There is an option to keep your files and personal data, but due to the differences between Windows 10 and Windows 7, it is not always possible to keep all your existing applications. Make sure you’ve written down which apps you use regularly so you can easily get them by downloading the installers again. Windows 8.1 can also be updated in the same way, but without the need to delete your applications and settings.
Here’s how to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10:
- Make a backup of all your important documents, applications and data.
- Head to Microsoft’s Windows 10 download site.
- In the Create Windows 10 Installation Media section, select “Download Tool Now” and run the application.
- When prompted, choose “Update this PC now”.
- You will then be asked if you want to keep your personal files or start over. Remember: starting over or keeping your files still means that all apps and settings will be removed for Windows 10 update.
- Once the update is complete, you should receive a digital license for Windows 10, which can be found in Settings> Update & Security> Activation.
Source: How to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for Free – The Verge
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