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bickern 13th January 2020 09:58

How To Upgrade To Windows 10 For ‘Free’ In 2020
 
Windows 10 still has problems but Windows 7 is about to hit the scrap heap (and Windows 8 is a pointless sideways move). As such, millions of users must soon jump to Windows 10 for the safety of their data and Microsoft charges $139 for the standard edition. But what if I told you there’s a legal way you can still upgrade for free?

Yes, this is no joke. Despite Microsoft ending its free Windows 10 upgrade offer to all users on July 30, 2016, the company has (in my opinion, knowingly) left open a loophole. There’s just one snag: you will need a legal copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8 to do this.

Tip: if you don’t have one, you can buy a legal copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8 at third part retailers for a fraction of the cost of a Windows 10 licence. Home licences update to Windows 10 Home, Pro licences update to Windows 10 Pro, so choose carefully.

With that caveat out the way, here’s how you get your Windows 10 free upgrade:

Click on the Windows 10 download page link here
Click 'Download Tool now' - this downloads the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.
When finished, open the download and accept the license terms
Choose: 'Upgrade this PC now' then click ‘Next’
Choose ‘Keep personal files and apps’
Click ‘Install’ (note this takes some time and involves multiple restarts)
Once installed, open: Settings > Windows Update > Activation to activate your Windows 10 digital license...
OR enter your (genuine) Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 product key if you haven’t previously activated your old version of Windows
If you’d like to check your licence has successfully been activated afterwards, open: Settings > Update & Security > Activation.


Note: a Windows 10 licence is tied to your hardware. As such, if you need to format your computer for any reason Windows 10 will reactivate automatically.

Tip: if you change multiple components in your PC as part of a device upgrade, Windows 10 make mistakenly think you’ve bought a new PC and refuse to register the licence automatically. Thankfully, Microsoft has a simple process you can follow if that happens.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonk.../#7ca44da226c8

Kanga 13th January 2020 14:31

Re: How To Upgrade To Windows 10 For ‘Free’ In 2020
 
How long until you will be advising us about upgrading Win 10? A year, three, five. . . ?

yalimart 13th January 2020 14:36

Re: How To Upgrade To Windows 10 For ‘Free’ In 2020
 
I had one PC that wasn't capable of being upgraded to Win 10, can't remember why but suspect the motherboard/processor wasn't up to it.

Martin

bickern 13th January 2020 15:04

Re: How To Upgrade To Windows 10 For ‘Free’ In 2020
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kanga (Post 1218363)
How long until you will be advising us about upgrading Win 10? A year, three, five. . . ?

Me? I am not advising anyone to do anything, you can run on Windows 3 for all I care.

If someone wants to take advantage of upgrading to Windows 10 it is up to them, a personal choice.

Windows runs as a service by the way and upgrades itself.

bickern 13th January 2020 15:06

Re: How To Upgrade To Windows 10 For ‘Free’ In 2020
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by yalimart (Post 1218365)
I had one PC that wasn't capable of being upgraded to Win 10, can't remember why but suspect the motherboard/processor wasn't up to it.

Martin

Unless you have minimum 2GB memory and a decent processor I would not do anything or it may run like a slug.

kemerkid 13th January 2020 15:45

Re: How To Upgrade To Windows 10 For ‘Free’ In 2020
 
Bit gruff in post#4 Norm, there are plenty of people who are listening to you.

Martin, your Samsung 7" wouldn't up grade to 10 but it is buzzing on 7. DELL have advice on their web site as to which of their computers can or can't be upgrated to 10. My other half has a DELL which is one that can't. The problem was with relation to the drivers that can't be down-loaded to the computer. I would suspect that all or most manufacturers would offer this service.

yalimart 13th January 2020 15:56

Re: How To Upgrade To Windows 10 For ‘Free’ In 2020
 
The one that wouldn't upgrade I ended up scrapping. It had a big alloy full size case which I felt wasn't worth upgrading it had 4GB ram so I guess the processor was the issue, I find W 10 to be pretty good and simple to use.

Martin

alva5763 13th January 2020 18:20

Re: How To Upgrade To Windows 10 For ‘Free’ In 2020
 
Good to see you giving us information Norman. Not everyone, especially me, knows all the techy stuff. Keep it up please.

bickern 18th February 2020 09:38

Re: How To Upgrade To Windows 10 For ‘Free’ In 2020
 
Another link with instructions.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/14/2...s-7-10-free-os


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