Microsoft provided Windows 7 and Windows 8 users during 2015 a program to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, as the upgrade program allowed users with original license keys to upgrade to the latest operating system at no additional cost.
The problem was that the Windows 10 free upgrade offer ended as of July 30, 2016, as the upgrade notifications stopped, and the well-known GWX Get Windows 10 app began to disappear. Theoretically; This means that the only way to upgrade to Windows 10 currently is to pay for the copy.
But a new report from the (Windows Latest) website indicated that the offer is still valid, and users with a genuine license for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 and obtain a digital license for free.
The report also notes that Microsoft is still very happy to respect this offer as it does not plan to cancel it anytime soon. Where a person claiming to be a Microsoft employee a year ago said in a post on Reddit: “The offer of a free upgrade to Windows 10 for a year was a marketing campaign, and he confirmed that Microsoft cares more about Windows 10’s market share than about the money it can make. From selling these licenses ”.
Support for Windows 7 ended about a year ago:
This is very good news for Windows 7 users because Microsoft has stopped support for Windows 7 as of January 14, 2020, more than ten years after it was first launched in 2009. This means that your device running Windows 7 will become You are more vulnerable to security risks and viruses because you will not receive any updates, including security updates.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 will delete settings and applications. Because due to the big difference between the two versions, you cannot keep all your current apps, although there is an option to keep your files and personal data.
So you should select the apps that you use regularly so that you can easily get them by downloading them again. You can also upgrade Windows 8.1 in the same way, but without the need to delete apps and settings.
Here are the steps you can take to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free:
If your device is running an original copy – properly licensed and activated – of Windows 7/8 / 8.1 – Windows 7 Home, Windows 7 Pro, Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 8.x Home or Business editions – then you can follow the steps following to upgrade to Windows 10:
Before starting; It is recommended to check for any new driver and BIOS updates, and to temporarily uninstall any third-party security software. You can reinstall it after the upgrade is complete and then disconnect any unnecessary external storage devices until the upgrade is complete.
- Back up all important documents, applications, and data on your device.
- Go to the Windows 10 download page on the Microsoft website via this link.
- Under the Create Windows 10 installation media section; Click on the “Download tool now” option.
- After the download completes, double-click the file. When prompted; Select Upgrade this PC now.
- You will then be asked; Do you want to keep your personal files or start over? Remember: starting over or keeping your files means in both cases that all applications and settings to upgrade the OS to Windows 10 will be deleted.
- Once the upgrade is complete; By connecting to the Internet, you will get a digital license for Windows 10, which you can confirm by going to Settings, then Update & Security, then Activation.
Note: The digital license you obtained is related to the device that you upgraded, which means you can reformat the hard drive, and install the same version of Windows 10 at any time, you will not need a license key and the activation will be automatic.