The problem, however, is that the free OS upgrade offer (Windows 10) ended as of July 30, 2016, when the upgrade notices stopped, and the well-known (getting Windows 10) application GWX began to disappear. In theory, this means that currently the only way to upgrade to Windows 10 is to pay for the copy.
In practice, however, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 through Microsoft’s website and obtain a license key at no cost, despite more than three years have passed since the end of the free upgrade offer offered by Microsoft, assuming Your computer supports minimum operating system requirements for Windows 10.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 10 will delete the settings and applications. Although there is an option to keep your files and personal data, but due to the huge difference between the two versions you cannot keep all your current applications.
So you have to select the apps that you use regularly so you can get them easily by downloading them again. You can also upgrade Windows 8.1 in the same way, but without having to delete apps and settings.
Here’s how to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free:
If your device is running a genuine – properly licensed and activated – version of Windows 7/8 / 8.1 – Windows 7 Home, Windows 7 Pro, Windows 7 Ultimate, or Windows 8.x Home or Business versions – you can follow the steps The following is to upgrade it to Windows 10:
Before starting; It is recommended that you check for any new driver updates and BIOS updates, and temporarily uninstall any third-party security software. (You can reinstall it after the upgrade is complete) Then disconnect any unnecessary external storage devices until the upgrade is complete.
- Back up all important documents, applications and data.
- Go to Webpage to download Operating system Windows 10 from the Microsoft website.
- Under the “Create Windows 10 installation media” section, click on the “Download tool now” option.
- After the download is complete, double-click on the file. When prompted, select upgrade this PC now.
- You will then be asked whether you want to keep your profiles or start over. Remember: Starting over or keeping your files means that in both cases all applications and settings to upgrade the operating system to Windows 10 will be deleted.
- Once the upgrade is complete; the internet connection will get a digital license for Windows 10, which you can confirm by going to Settings, then Update & Security, and then Activation.
Note: The digital license you acquired is related to the device you upgraded, which means you can reformat the hard drive, and perform the installation of the same version of Windows 10 at any time, you will not need a license key and the activation will be automatic.