Is Windows 10 Upgrade for free still available?

According to some on-line forums, Windows 10 upgrade for free is still active however, they do not explain the underlying offer when it was in place.

After the launch of Windows 10, Microsft provided a means for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. This upgrade ended in July 2016.

According to ZDNet and TechCentral, Microsoft apparently never turned off the Windows 10 upgrade servers, they are saying you might still be able to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free.

The process is straight forward, using your Windows 7 computer, you navigate to the Windows 10 download page and download the upgrade tool.

Once you have followed the instructions to download and installed the tool, you can then either undertake an in-place upgrade or create an installation media set. The Windows 10 upgrade tool will provide you with a choice between upgrading the current computer and downloading the tool onto a USB stick or DVD to upgrade other computers.

On completion of the installation you will need to enter a product key, here is where the tricky part comes. The forums that show you how to upgrade for free fail to explain the licencing issue, so here we go.

Microsoft provided the free upgrade until 29th July 2016 and granted Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users the right to upgrade from these operating systems to Windows 10 for free. If you are upgrading after 29th July 2016 you do not have the right to upgrade for free and need to either purchase a new Windows 10 device or purchase a Windows 10 licence. Simple.

You can purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro for your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 computer. However, the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new computer, see our selection of Microsoft Surface Go, and Surface Laptops.

Today’s computers are faster and more powerful and come with Windows 10 already installed.

The Windows 10 Upgrade tool is great for those that have a valid licence and need to re-install Windows 10, so please purchase a valid licence and enjoy the benefits of Windows 10.

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