If by any chance, you are still rocking Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 powered machine, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 without paying for an activation license. However, there is a big catch. The upgrade is only available for genuine Windows 7 or 8.1 devices. Before the update starts, the upgrade advisor will check if your Windows machine is activated, and if it passes the test, you will get it for free.
Upgrade to Windows 10 for free from Windows 7 & Windows 8.1
- Download Windows 10 ISO Media Tool or Upgrade assistant tool from the official website.
- When you click on the Update now button, it will download a file—Windows10Upgrade exe.
- Once the download is complete, double click to open it, and it will launch Windows 10 Update Assistant.
- Run it, and then choose to Upgrade.
- It will download the required files, check for compatibility.
- Once the preliminary checks are complete, it will download the files, and upgrade your PC to Windows 10.
During the upgrade process, you will have the option to keep your document or clean install. I am sure you would like to keep that, so choose and click next. From this point, it will take time for the process to complete. It will depend on how fast is the Hard disk, and memory on the computer.
Once the upgrade is complete, you will have ten days to roll back to Windows 7 if you don’t like the new operating system. You will have to go to Windows 10 Settings > Update and Security > Recovery. Click on Get Started button to reverse the process.
When setting up Windows 10, we recommend you to connect your existing account with a Microsoft Account. When you do that, you will have acquired a digital license for Windows 10, which will be tied to your account. Even when you reset Windows 10, it will be automatically activated. However, if you change your computer’s hardware, e.g., Motherboard, then you will get another license for that machine. If you are changing the hard drive, then you don’t need another license.
I hope you finally Upgrade to Windows 10, especially when it is Free. Windows 7 will not get any security update after its End of Life, which has already passed on 15th January 2020.