Microsoft employee says Windows 10 free upgrade still works for Windows 7/8.1

Windows 10 free upgrade

Microsoft
officially ended support for Windows 7 in January 2020 and
security updates are now released for enterprise customers with
extended support only. To increase the market share of Windows
10 and help users avoid becoming vulnerable to exploits,
Microsoft is still allowing users to upgrade to Windows 10 for
free.

If you are running on Windows 7/8.1 or you have a spare license
of the retired operating system, you can take advantage of
Windows 10 free upgrade loophole, according to a new forum post
from Microsoft.

“Yes, you can,” a Microsoft employee told a
user when they asked about Windows 10 free upgrade
offer. According to our tests, Windows 10 free upgrade
loophole works only when your Windows 7/8.1 license key is
valid.

If you’re on Windows 8, you need to upgrade to Windows 8.1, and
then upgrade the machine to Windows 10 for free using
Microsoft’s own Windows Media Creation Tool.

How to get Windows 10 for free

To get Windows 10 for free, you need to download and install
Windows Media Creation Tool on a device/virtual machine where
Windows 7/8.1 is already activated. Once done, open the tool
and make sure that you select the option that lets you keep all
files and applications.

According to Microsoft, doing a fresh install via the Media
Creation Tool may not get you Windows 10 for free.

“Doing a fresh install via the Media Creation Tool may not get
you Windows 10 for free, so be careful,” the employee warned.

The Media Creation Tool will automatically scan your PC for
compatibility issues and install Windows 10 with a digitally
activated license.

Why Windows 10 free upgrade loophole still works?

On Reddit,
a self-proclaimed Microsoft engineer previously revealed that
Windows 10’s free upgrade deal was “marketing fluff” and the
compare cares more about upgrade stats.

So it seems that Windows 10 upgrade loophole won’t be closed
anytime soon, but remember that a successful activation of
Windows 10 is not entirely the same as a legal license,
especially if you’re an enterprise customer.

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