Yes, you can still get the free upgrade from Microsoft
Microsofts free upgrade offer for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users ended a few years ago, but you can still technically upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge. While Microsoft has removed the special upgrade offer sites, the company continues to activate Windows 10 licenses for people who upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
ZDNets Ed Bott has been testing this method for years, and the free upgrade still works. Its also really simple for anyone to upgrade from Windows 7, especially as support ends for the operating system today. Assuming your PC supports the minimum requirements for Windows 10, youll be able to upgrade from Microsofts site.
The most important thing to remember is that the Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade could wipe your settings and apps. Theres an option to keep your files and personal data, but because of differences between Windows 10 and Windows 7, its not always possible to keep all of your existing apps. Make sure youve noted what apps you use regularly so you can easily obtain them by downloading the installers again. Windows 8.1 can also be upgraded the same way, but without needing to wipe your apps and settings.
Heres how to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10:
- Back up all of your important documents, apps, and data
- Head over to Microsofts Windows 10 download site
- In the Create Windows 10 installation media section, select Download tool now, and run the app
- When prompted, choose Upgrade this PC now.
Windows 7 upgrade prompt
- Youll then be asked whether you want to keep your personal files or start fresh. Remember: starting fresh or keeping your files still means that all apps and settings will be deleted for the Windows 10 upgrade.
- Once the upgrade is complete, you should receive a digital license for Windows 10, which can be found under Settings > Update & Security > Activation.
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