Back in 2015, when Windows 10 was released, an upgrade was free and a click away. Now, things are rather different and more complicated.
If you are still using Windows 7 or 8, although Microsoft has ended the support for the version of the operating system on January 14th of this year, it is time for an upgrade. The official free update period from older versions to Windows 10 has ended in mid-2016, but there are still a few techniques you can use to get the upgrade for free in a legal way.
NOTE: The free upgrade doesn’t work for Windows Vista or Windows XP.
Download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
If you’re still using an older version of Windows but want a free upgrade to the latest version of the operating system, you need to download the Windows 10 installer. This way, you won’t have to pay the $139 for an update key, and also keep your data safe (make sure to back up your data before proceeding with the installation).
Download the Windows 10 from Microsoft’s official website, an action that can be performed with the help of the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. You can get the app by clicking the blue ‘Download Tool Now’ option on the webpage.
Launch the Installer
After the download process completed, launch the installer, accept the terms and conditions, and select the ‘Upgrade this PC now’ option. Follow the guidelines, and Windows 10 will download onto your computer and check the compatibility.
Finish the Installation Process
While the process carries on, the operating system will restart a few times and will extract the current product key from the hardware during the setup. If the version you’re using is legally activated, it won’t require any activation key.
After the installation process completes, you should be able to use Windows 10 on your PC.