Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7 back in January of this year, which means that the tech giant wants users to upgrade to Windows 10 in order to have their devices perform smoothly and securely. If you have an older desktop still functioning on Windows 7, you can buy the Windows 10 Home operating system on Microsoft’s official website for $139.
However, you don’t necessarily have to spend your money as a free upgrade offer that ‘officially’ ended in 2016 still works for lots of people who still run Windows 7 on their PCs.
Why Should You Upgrade to Windows 10?
When Windows 10 was first launched in July of 2015, Microsoft has come with an unprecedented free upgrade offer for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users, until June of 2016. However, in 2017, numerous reports surfaced stating that users were still able to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
Windows 7 users who do not upgrade to the new version will not be able to get Microsoft’s security updates and fixes anymore, as well as technical support for any problems, which leaves your device at greater risk from malware and viruses.
While Windows 10 users have faced lots of bugs over the years, upgrading is still the best option if you want to keep your computer safe, according to analysts. Most Windows users have already upgraded the OS and keep upgrading as the system now has over 1 billion active users all over the world, Microsoft reported this year in March.
How to Upgrade to Windows 10 For Free
If you’re still running a licensed and activated copy of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, here is how to get Windows 10 for free on your PC:
• Head to Microsoft’s Download Windows 10 website
• Under the ‘Create Windows 10 installation media’ option, click on ‘Download tool now’ and then on ‘Run’
• Choose ‘Upgrade this PC now,’ and follow the prompts
• As soon as the process is complete, head to ‘Settings Update & Security’ and click on ‘Activation’ – you should see a digital license for Windows 10
You should know, however, that if you have a Windows 7 or 8 Home license, you can only upgrade to Windows 10 Home, while Windows 7 or 8 Pro can only halt to Windows 10 Pro. Moreover, the update is not available for Windows Enterprise.
This update that uses the media creation tool is not made for the general consumer, but it works for many users, as we noted earlier. To get the best Windows 10 experience and use great features like passwordless sign-in via Windows Hello, you’ll want to use it on a Windows 10 PC that’s been released after July 2015 as it has all the hardware upgrades you need.
If you are a student or university faculty member, you may also have the possibility to download Windows 10 free if you find your school’s software offerings here.
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