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How to Upgrade Your PC to Windows 10 for Free in 2020

Windows 7 is Now Over for Microsoft

Microsoft in January this year terminated its support for Windows 7. This means if you still have Windows 7 running your computer and data, and if you require to access internet with this PC, then you risk exposing your PC and data to malware attack and other malicious vulnerabilities.

Windows 7 will still work, and it will continue to work as an operating system as long as people can lay their hands on a valid copy of the software. But the serious downside is that Microsoft would not be releasing security patches and updates to help protect users of the OS from malicious attackers and exploitative hacking. This vulnerability could result to system corruption, loss of data, stealing of information and denial of service (dos).

Windows 10 Free Upgrade is Still Accessible

Although Microsoft technically ended free windows upgrade on July 2016, but that upgrade tool still works, even till now it seems. It’s believed that Microsoft deliberately left this offer open.

On answering why Microsoft still allow free upgrade, Zdnet’s Ed Bott said it’s because Microsoft’s Windows business is predicated on its partnership with PC makers, who pay a license fee for the copies of the Windows they install on a new PC. That those Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are not very happy about the idea of extending the life of an older PC, as they would rather have you buy a brand new instead. So, to appease its OEM partners, Microsoft put a time limit of the free upgrade offer, and they simply don’t speak of it for now.

Zdnet’s Ed Bott first reported this free Windows 10 upgrade surprise in January 2017, many months after Microsoft’s deadline for free upgrade ended. And up till April 2020 many Windows 7 and 8 users have been using this free upgrade tool to upgrade their systems to Windows 10. This is helping a lot of people save $139 that they would’ve paid had they chose to purchase Windows 10 Home license from Microsoft website.

According to users report on Zdnet, as of March many users have had successful upgrade with few reporting upgrade fails due to setup error or a compatibility block.

To troubleshoot these errors you can see this link.

Here’s how to upgrade your old PC to Windows 10

Important

To run the free Windows 10 upgrade, your PC must be running a genuine copy of Windows 7/8/8.1, properly licensed and activated.

You should note that the Windows 7 or 8 license you have is what you can upgrade to. If you have a Windows 7 or 8 Home license for instance, you can only upgrade to Windows 10 Home, while Windows 7 or 8 Pro can only be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. The upgrade is not available for Windows Enterprise.

  1. Go to Download Windows 10 website – follow this link.
  2. Under Create Windows 10 installation media, click Download tool now to download Windows 10 media creation tool.
  3. Click Run on the download file.
  4. Choose Upgrade this PC if this is the PC you’re upgrading. If you’re upgrading a different PC, choose Create installation media for another PC (this would require USB drive or as an ISO file), and save the installation files.
  5. Choose Keep personal files and apps.
  6. Click Install (the installation takes some time and there would be multiple restarts).
  7. When the upgrade is complete, go to Settings > Update & Security > Activation, and you should see a digital license for windows 10.

If you experience blocks, see this link.

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Article written by Ifeanyi Okey

Ifeanyi creates content that help individuals develop their tech skills and be more resourceful and productive in their businesses. He's a web Designer and a WordPress Technical Expert.

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