Let us tell you that this free upgrade offer from Microsoft for Windows 10 ended more than five years ago, and that but no one told the people running Windows Activation Server. As a result, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and claim a free digital license for the latest Windows 10 version, and so on without being forced to jump through any hoops.
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Friends, this upgrade became more important than ever when support for Windows 7 officially ended in January 2020. And the free upgrade period – supposedly – ended some time ago, but in fact it is still possible to jump from Windows 8 to Windows 7 and that or so. 10 for free in 2021 and it proved to be a big relief to the household budget when the pandemic made working from home (or going to school via remote sessions) suddenly popular. In the past two years alone, millions of people have run out of storage for older PCs, and thanks to these free upgrades, they’ve gotten faster.
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And that you can still upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro only by using the product key of the previous Professional version of Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 (Pro/Ultimate) This can save you up to $100 in OEM upgrade fees if you buy a new PC with Windows 10 Home preinstalled. (For that detail’s, And see “How’s to upgrades From your Window’s 10 Home to Pro & without any hassle.”)
Every technology described in this article does the same thing for Windows 11, although most older PCs will be precluded from upgrading to Microsoft’s latest operating system by the stringent Windows 11 hardware compatibility requirements. And For thoses PCs And Window’s 10 remained a viable option until At least October 2025.
In this post, I will cover the basics of installing Windows 10 as an upgrade on older hardware. I’ll also talk about the licensing issues involved, and the ones that are (as always) confusing.
Friends, I wrote and published the first version of this post in early 2017, several months after Microsoft’s initial free upgrade offer ended. Downloaded the Windows 10 Upgrade Tool and ran it on the old Windows 7 PC itself, so I sincerely expected that it would fail on the upgrade activation itself and I would be asked for a product key.
Imagine my surprise when, instead, I was greeted by this screen.
And so on over the next four-plus years, I repeated those steps on test PCs at regular intervals and confirmed that the free upgrade tool still worked. And friends I keep getting email messages regularly from readers who report directly and that their free upgrade was a success, with no purchases and that product key required either.
A small number of readers have reported that the upgrade fails due to a setup error or compatibility block. For details on how to troubleshoot these errors, check out “This free Windows 10 upgrade offer still works. Here’s how—and how to get it.” For help decoding setup errors, see “Windows 10: Use Setup Log Files to Troubleshoot Installation Problems.”
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How to Upgrade Old PC to Windows 10
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Friends, if you have a PC running a “genuine” copy of Windows 7/8/8.1 (Windows 7 Home, Pro, or Ultimate Edition, or Windows 8.x Home or Business, properly licensed and activated), and that You can do this by following the same steps. And that’s how I installed it as an upgrade to Windows 10.
So before getting started, I recommend a few preliminary actions to address the potential problems he may encounter:
- Please confirm that your copy of Windows is properly activated. This is especially important and that if you recently reinstalled Windows.
- And that’s if you check for any recent driver updates especially for network and storage hardware as well.
- Download and install any available BIOS updates for your hardware; The move is especially important for systems that were originally sold in 2017 or earlier, when hardware makers were still stirring up issues with Windows 10.
- And then back up your data files to external hard drive or cloud storage (or both). Consider doing a full system backup to an external hard drive using the Windows 7 Backup program itself, which is also available in Windows 8.x and Windows 10. And with that, just run the command Sdclt.exe, and then choose Create a System Image option.
- Temporarily uninstall third-party security software and low-level system utilities that may interfere with the upgrade. Only after the upgrade is complete can you reinstall those programs.
- And so lastly, disconnect any unnecessary external devices, especially USB flash drives as well as that external hard drive. (Many common installation errors can be traced to the setup program being confused by these additional drives.)
- And so out of those initial paths, go to the Download Windows 10 webpage and click on the Download Tool Now button. And after this download is complete, double-click on the executable file to run the Media Creation Tool.
Friends, if you have downloaded the Media Creation Tool on the machine you are planning to upgrade, and you are planning to upgrade that PC and that PC only, and that’s it, you can download this PC now. You can choose the Upgrade option. So That’s options installation the Latest version of The Window’s 10 and This is a usually take about a hour And depending on your hardware’s. (Having And SSD as your systems drive it’s The best way to speed up the process.)
If you know that you want to do this upgrade to Windows 10 on more than one PC, or if you want more flexibility in case an immediate upgrade fails, so click The Second option and saved The installation’s file to an USB drive On & Save As. and this iso file. The download takes a while but when it’s done, and that’s only you can manually run that Windows setup program to install Windows 10 on any PC running any supported The Windows Version ( and Sorry for, this won’t working with your PCs runnings Window’s Vista And Window’s XP). The exact Steps And depend on which Download option you chose:
- And this USB flash drive Insert the USB flash drive you just created into a free USB slot on the PC you want to upgrade. Then open File Explorer (Windows Explorer in Windows 7) and double-click on Setup to install Windows 10. And friends, note that you cannot boot from a newly created USB drive or DVD to upgrade to Windows 10. You must be running the Windows 10 Setup program. And so on from your currently installed and active copy of Windows.
- After the ISO file download is complete, you need to mount the ISO file and open it in a Windows Explorer/File Explorer window. And on PCs running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, you can double-click the ISO file itself to open it as a virtual drive. On PCs running Windows 7, that’s when you’ll need to install a third-party utility like the free, open-source WinCDEmu. After mounting the ISO file, just double-click on Setup it to begin the installation process.
- Friends, then follow the prompts to complete the upgrade to Windows 10. You won’t be asked for a product key, and you’ll have a digital license for the latest Windows when the upgrade is complete and you’re connected to the Internet. Version 10, which you can confirm by going to Settings > Update & Security > Activation. And with that all your apps and data files will be available.
Friends, that digital license is tied to that specific device, which means you can reformat the disc as well as do a clean install of the same version of Windows 10 anytime. (If that’s what you’re thinking about upgrading your old system drive to an SSD, upgrade to Windows 10 on older hardware; after confirming that the new Windows 10 version activates properly, install the SSD and then restore from a backup image or just boot it from a USB flash drive to perform a clean install. You won’t need a product key, and activation is automatic as well.)
Is your license valid?
And now the big question: If you take advantage of this upgrade to Windows 10, and that is, is this resulting license valid?
And this whole “free upgrade” offer was always accompanied by language that, to put it politely, was a little squishy. And at the same time, the language around the end of that proposal was equally ambiguous. For example, check out the answers I’ve highlighted here on
Microsoft’s Windows 10 Upgrade FAQ itself
So is Windows 10 better than Windows 7?
It should be noted that despite all the extra features in Windows 10, Windows 7 still has better app compatibility. And that while Photoshop, Google Chrome and other popular applications continue to work on both Windows 10 and Windows 7, even some older third-party software they work better on older OSes.
Is Windows 10 faster or slower than Windows 7?
Just to answer the question asked in the title: So yes, Windows 10 is slower than Windows 7.
Why is Win 10 slow?
Let us tell you that many visual effects are included in this Windows 10, such as animations and shadow effects. And with that, they sound great, but they can also use up extra system resources and slow down your PC. And with this this is especially true if you have a PC with a small amount of memory (RAM).
Why is Windows 10 so much slower than Windows 7?
Let us tell you that most of the people who have PC running Windows 8 and Windows 7 will notice that their PC is running slow. This is and that because older operating systems handle certain software differently than the newer Windows 10. For example, in Windows 7 and 8 all fonts are rendered on the kernel, the software that controls the processor.
Can I Update Windows 11 for Free?
Let us tell you that as Microsoft has released Windows 11 on 24th June 2021, Windows 10 and Windows 7 users want to upgrade their system with Windows 11. And with that, so far, Windows 11 is a free upgrade and everyone can upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 for free.
Can I go back to Windows 10 from Windows 11?
That you then open the Settings app on your Windows 11, go to System > Recovery. Under Recovery Options, click Go Back. 2. And that’s then now the Back to Windows 10 screen should appear.
When did Windows 11 come out?
Let us tell you that this Windows 11 was released to the general public on October 5, 2021. And with that, the initial release version number was 22000.194, which was first released as a cumulative update on September 16, 2021, for members of the Windows Insider Program only.
What will Windows 11 look like?
Friends, let us tell you that Windows 11 has a streamlined new design with pastel-like colors and rounded corners, and overall a Mac-like look. It’s gone from the bottom left of the Windows Start menu screen to the middle, with app icons arranged in the center next to it.
Is Windows 11 Available Now?
Friends, today, we are thrilled to announce that Windows 11 will begin to become available on October 5, 2021. And its that day, the free upgradeable Windows 10 to Windows 11 will be rolling out to PCs and PCs that come pre-loaded with Windows 11. It’s seems to be available For the purchased only.
What’s Window’s 11 do That Window’s 10 doesn’t?
Let us tell you that it will be easier for you to create and toggle between different virtual desktops in Windows 11 as compared to Windows 10. Windows 11 will let you set up a virtual desktop similar to a Mac. Moreover, it allows to toggle between multiple desktops at once for personal, work, school or gaming.
Friends, that is a very strange language. This is a free upgrades through the Get Window’s 10 Application ended on July 29, 2016. Similarly, the discussion of product keys says that a key will be required “for this tool to work” (not true) but didn’t say a word about the license.
Note that the activation screen for Windows 10 upgrades specifically confirms the existence of a “digital license”, unlike the weasly “Genuine Windows” label on even older upgrades.
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Guys this is, anyway, the free upgrade offer for people who use assistive technologies, at least this was just extended for a while. The FAQ on a separate page also called it “Free Upgrade Offering Extensions” and explicitly noted that it was not limited to specific assistive technologies. (I regularly use this magnifier utility in Windows itself, and it’s undeniably a helpful technology.)
Of course, I am not a lawyer, and this column is not legal advice. But I would say that I personally believe only in the active state of any PC that has been upgraded using the tool on that page during the eligibility period.
Friends, let me tell you that this extension, I think, was a huge gesture and a wink, which was designed to make it easier for those people and those who still want to get it on Windows 10. Wanted upgrades, which pleased OEM partners, who weren’t too happy about the year-long emphasis on upgrades. Instead of selling new PCs.
And that’s what I wish I said “was,” because the extension (which itself was extended) officially expired on January 16, 2018. And also the page that previously ran the same upgrade assistant now gives an error message.
Friends, the big question now is whether Microsoft will ever stop the code on its activation servers that it gives digital licenses after an upgrade from an earlier Windows version. And that’s how I continued to test that scenario, and I can confirm, long after support for Windows 7 ended, that it still works.
And that’s what I continue to hear from readers sharing their experiences. And with that, if you have used this technique on PC, and friends, click my name at the top of this post and let me know how it went for you using the contact form.
Note: Friends, let me tell you that this article was originally published in January 2019. And that’s since we’ve updated it several times to reflect the most current information.