How to Work Free Upgrade
Assuming you are using a Windows PC with a genuine and activated Windows 7 (or Windows 8) key, you can upgrade to Windows 10 with just a few clicks. Your PC will get an original and activated Windows 10 key – the same as it worked during the first year of Windows 10 when the offer of a free upgrade was officially advertised.
You can also upgrade a PC by installing a new Windows 10, even if you don’t have an operating system installed. You only need to provide a valid Windows 7 (or Windows 8) key.
There is no guarantee this will work forever, but it still works on January 14, 2020. One day Microsoft might revoke a new plug and cut upgrade. But, for now, you can still update. And, after you update, your PC gets a valid Windows 10 key that will continue to function – even if Microsoft stops allowing new updates in the future.
Update: Please note that we cannot talk to business licensors here. If you have a Windows 7 PC in your business, Microsoft might not assume you are complying with the terms of the license agreement after using this method to update your business PC. We won’t worry about that for home PCs, but organizations should contact their Microsoft licensing partners for more details.
Back Up Before Upgrading
Before starting, we recommend that you back up your files. The update process should delete your files unless you choose to delete them, but it is always a good idea to have a current backup – especially when you are updating the main operating system.
We also encourage you to find your Windows 7 (or Windows 8) key, in case you need it. This key can be printed on a sticker on your PC case or on your laptop. If you installed Windows 7 or Windows 8 yourself, you will want to find the license key that you purchased.
If your PC does not have a sticker, you can always use a tool like NirSoft’s ProduKey to find the license key currently used on your PC.
How to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free
To get a free upgrade, go to the Microsoft Download Windows 10 website. Click the “Download tool now” button and download the .exe file. Run, click through the tool, and select “Upgrade this PC now” when prompted.
Yes, as simple as that. We didn’t do anything underhanded here – Microsoft chose to let people update through this tool.
If you prefer a clean installation, you can choose “Create installation media” and then provide a valid Windows 7 or 8 key when installing Windows 10.
After the Upgrade
During the update process, you can choose whether you want to save all the files on your system or start a new one.
Once installed, you can go to the Settings> Update & Security> Activation screen. You will see that your system is “activated with a digital license.”
If you log into Windows 10 with a Microsoft account, the license will be linked to your Microsoft account, making it easier to reactivate Windows 10 on your PC if you need to install it.
And yes, you should be able to install a clean Windows 10 in the future. Windows 10 activation will then “landline,” note that your hardware configuration has a license on a valid file, and automatically activates itself.