To do this, just and install it on that computer. When you do a clean install over an existing activated Windows 10, you will be asked for a product key. Though you can walk away for large portions of the process, you can expect all the downloading and file copying to take at least 60 minutes and, in our case, closer to two hours on a fast Internet connection. My guess is it just might take Microsoft some time to phase out availability of the free Windows 10 bits, the same way company officials said it likely would take some time for them to phase out the Get Windows 10 app and prompts. You have to be in a constant war with Microsoft, they do whatever they can get away with.
It would also explain Microsoft's answer to Mary Jo Foley's question. The following steps are the same as if you install via direct download. What If I Don't Have Windows 7? It goes through without a key, upgrades, keeps all the settings then when we look in system settings, it says it's activated with a digital license. Closing Words The main takeaway from the experiment is that you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free using nothing but a Windows 7 or -- presumably as I have not tested it -- Windows 8. What, you thought that free upgrades to ended on July 29, 2016? Cortana was worthless for me as it would not work unless I was online, and I could not connect. Follow the screens until Windows 10 is comfortably nestled into your device. If you're a Windows 7 user and don't install this critical update, wave goodbye to any future Windows patches.
Windows 10 should install without a hitch, but driver problems are a possibility and, during any system update, there's always a chance something will go wrong. If the software asks you for a product key, you are using the wrong version of Windows 10 to upgrade. I fully expected that after the upgrade was complete, the system would fail activation and I'd be asked for a product key. The other way to get a free Windows 10 upgrade is to use the assistive technologies method previously. There are a bunch of ways you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free and get a legitimate license, or just install Windows 10 and use it for free. Click through the wizard and it will check that your hardware is compatible before automatically downloading and upgrading to Windows 10.
Wait 20 to 30 minutes for the computer to copy files. Activation will be automatic because the server will recognize your digital license and activate it accordingly. As you may know, for next to nothing. If you don't have a system restore disk already, it's a good idea to make a full system backup, using disk imaging software such as Macrium Reflect, which makes a bit-by-bit copy of your hard drive. Only school, police and goverment have volume licence option. But at least now you can keep your current version of Windows alive and jump to Windows 10 whenever you choose.
To request that content be removed, contact us using the following form:. So we checked the assistive technology page on official Microsoft website. I'm assuming a clean install would be a no go though. For geeks this seems obvious and hesitations call hilarity but for non-geeks a total re-install may appear to be an odyssey. But on Jan 3, 2018, we found that the Windows 10 free upgrade 2018 hasn't been withdrawn yet and it is still working in 2018.
But, that stopped on Dec 31st of last year. You will not be required to purchase Windows 10 on devices that take advantage of the free upgrade offer after this offer lapses. If you're already running a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or 8, you're eligible to upgrade for free. See the results of our survey. It's not clear how many people are still using Windows 7, but the available data suggests it's still a lot.
Okay, enough of Microsoft's boardroom plans. Last updated on 2 Nov, 2018. Reports are coming in that Windows users may still upgrade their devices to Windows 10 provided that they have a Windows 7 or 8 key. So it's only till the time when Microsoft decides to end this loophole too, just like it did with Assistive Technologies. Microsoft did not validate who used the method and seemingly allowed everyone to upgrade. .
Here's how to get the upgrade at no charge: From a Windows 7 or 8. The digital entitlement ties your Windows 10 license to that specific computer. Prior to joining the team, he spent 14 years writing and editing content on our sister site Geek. That upgrade offer ended in July 2016. Either Microsoft has forgotten to withdraw the offer or it is planning to extend the period. Now let's travel into the future, maybe six months from now. So, if you're still running Windows 7 or 8, and fancy an upgrade, there's a method for you, as long as you don't mind a little bit of white lying.
You also have the option of doing a clean install or running the upgrade a second time if you run into problems later. The company behind it had more than 24000 reviews, with 99. You will need to complete several steps before July 29 comes to a close. I continue to hear from readers sharing their experiences. This suggests strongly that it is still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free using Windows 7 or 8. X users -- whether legitimately or not -- from continuing to have access to Windows 10 via offer, this key loophole is different.