Microsoft has ended the free upgrades to Windows 10, but users are reporting that they can still install the OS for free on a PC running a genuine license of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
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According to reports, you can claim a free digital entitlement of Windows 10 and upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
Microsoft has officially ended the free upgrades to Windows 10, but the free upgrades work if you have a PC running a genuine copy of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, which is properly activated on existing hardware.
To grab a free copy of Windows 10, you have to download and run the Media Creation Tool on the Windows 7 machine and enter the product key when asked during the upgrade process. Keep in mind, though, this won’t work for other versions of Windows or to activate the existing installation of Windows 10.
According to a Reddit user who reportedly works at Microsoft, the free upgrades to Windows 10 still work and there shouldn’t any problems during activation but you need to be careful.
“You still can do this no problem, however careful, do an upgrade keeping everything as if you choose to yeet everything and start fresh, you lose your free upgrade. That old 7 license converts to a 10 digital license and from there you can clean install no problem,” the employee wrote.
“That whole “free” upgrade for a year was fully marketing fluff. After the cut off happened, the direction given was that it requires a paid license HOWEVER, this was brought up by the brick and mortar stores that they were doing simple clock changes on customer devices during the upgrade challenge to get around it and then ultimately it was clear two years later that anything Windows 7 and up would go to 10 fully activated and still to this day,” the alleged employee added.
You could be violating licensing agreements and as some people have pointed out, activated does not equal licenced.
This loophole could be patched by Microsoft at any time and you will be proceeding at your own risk.