When Microsoft first launched Windows 10, the company made a big deal about the fact that the operating system was available as a free upgrade for a limited time.
The free upgrade period – supposedly – ended some time ago, but in fact it is still possible to jump from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 1
When you consider the fact that Microsoft warned everyone back in mid-2015 that it would only be possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free for a limited time after the release of the operating system, it is perhaps a little surprising that more than five and a half years later there is still a route to a free upgrade.
To get a free upgrade, you must run a genuine, activated copy of either Windows 7 or Windows 8.x. You can then use the following steps to earn a free upgrade to Windows 10:
- Download the Windows Media Creation tool from the Microsoft website.
- Launch the tool and select Upgrade this PC now option.
- Follow the on-screen directions to complete the upgrade of your operating system.
- Before long, you will have Windows 10 installed.
- Check the activation status of your system by opening Settings, on the way to Update and security and then look in Activation section. You should see that Windows 10 is enabled, but if not, you can click Activate to complete the process.
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