Skip to comments.Upgrade to Windows 10 free, here's how (the 2016 free upgrade offer still works for many users)
Posted on 11/26/2019 7:26:55 PM PST by dayglored
Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer still works for many Windows 7 and 8 users.
With support forending in January 2020, Microsoft is encouraging users to to keep devices running securely and smoothly. On Microsoft's website, the Windows 10 Home operating system costs $139 to download. However, you don't necessarily have to shell out the cash: A free upgrade offer from Microsoft that technically ended in 2016 still works.
When Windows 10 was first released in July 2015, Microsoft offered an unprecedented free upgrade offer for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users, good through July 2016. But in 2017, reporter Ed Bott from CNET sister site ZDNet reported that the free upgrade tool was still functional. As of November 2019, readers still report that it works, Bott confirmed to CNET. I tried it out, and was able to upgrade a 2014 Dell OptiPlex 9020 desktop machine from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro.
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wont ever take it, shove it back up your gash, microsquish.
Your time posting was wasted.
I may get a new PC with Windows 10, but I am not upgrading my Win 7 Pro PC. I will disconnect it from the Internet for security reasons.
Yep, that's the ticket. Keep it around, but keep it safe.
Who cares about free? You can get licenses on Ebay for like $5, LTSC even (less frequent updates, no crap like Cortana, etc)
Tempted to do this on my i7 machine with 8.1, which has been more problematic than my i5 with Win 10. THanks for the posting.
Back in the WinXP -> Vista days that's what a lot of computer manufacturers did. People were refusing to buy Vista computers. But Microsoft only allowed the companies to sell the computers with Vista pre-installed, not WinXP.
So the companies bought copies of WinXP and gave them away with the computers, so that the users could downgrade after purchase.
And after a while, some companies even offered to do the "downgrade" after the sale but prior to delivery.
Microsoft demanded that they still count the sale as a "Vista sale". It was a total charade.
I expect you are correct. I ‘may” try it on my cloned backup HD, just to be masochistic.
True, and often they work. But many of those eBay licenses are illegal, e.g. broken out of Volume License packs, etc. The end user runs a moderate risk that at some point they'll get caught.
Navigate to this webpage, download the tool, and you can download all of the W10 ISO's absolutely free. Then use your W7 or W8/8.1 Product key to install it.
Works every time for me.
However, I'm with many others. I'll continue to use Windows 7 or Linux, keeping a Windows 10 programmed hard drive handy (I have a docking tray where I can change out my hard drives).
How many billions of man-hours have been wasted fighting with personal computers in the last 30 years (1989)? The vast majority of them have been Windows computers, simply because 90% of the computers were and are Windows.
I suspect that although our Secret Agent Man will never get back those 30 seconds it took to post his comment, it pales by comparison with the time wasted had he been using Windows all this time. :-)
My standard answer to "What kind of computer should I buy?" is:
"You, like all of us, are going to have issues with your computer.
They're unavoidable, and how you solve them is your choice.
If you want to solve issues with money, get a Mac.
If you want to solve issues with time, run Linux.
If you want an unpredictable hybrid of the two, try Windows."
I will never introduce cancer on to any PC I ever own.
1989? I had a pc in 1978!
No, it's an upgrade to go from 10/8.1/8 to Win7.
Cool... Any advice on how to catch herpes? the flu? Bone cancer?
Oh, so did I. It was a homebrew'ed 6502 machine. But we early adopters and hackers were "hobbyists" for the most part. The era of the Personal Computer as an object of the masses didn't really take off until the mid-1980's with the Macintosh and a couple years later with Windows 2.0.
Prior to that, we hobbyists didn't count our thousands of hours slaving over machine code and hex-digit displays as "wasted". We were learning and experimenting.
It wasn't until the late 1980's that large numbers of otherwise sane individuals started losing tons of productivity at work and home to the curse of trying to make a personal computer work as expected.
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