Microsoft officially concluded its free Windows 10 upgrade
program in 2016, but you can still get a free copy of Windows
10 if you meet the requirements.
You may not think you qualify for a free upgrade, but according
to our testing and user reports, Windows 10 is still free for
anyone who uses Windows 7 operating system. Users with a
genuine spare license of Windows 7 can also upgrade to Windows
10 and get a digital license for free.
You can take advantage of Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade
whole “free upgrade offer” was a marketing fluff, according
to a Reddit user claiming to be a Microsoft employee.
How to get Windows 10 for free
To get Windows 10 for free, follow these steps:
- Use a genuine copy of Windows 7 on your device or virtual
- Head to Windows 10 download page and click on ‘Download
- Open Media Creation Tool and select ‘Upgrade this PC now’.
You’ll also need to click on the ‘Accept’ button to accept the
terms and conditions.
- Choose the upgrade option where you keep your files and
information. If you do a fresh install via Media Creation Tool,
you may not get Windows 10 for free.
- After the installation completes, connect your device or
virtual machine to the internet and open Windows Update >
- Click on the ‘Activate’ button if required and your PC will
be activated with a digital license after it establishes a
secure connection to Microsoft servers.
- If you’re unable to obtain the license, you can also enter
your Windows 7 product key and manually activate the operating
The aforementioned steps will work only when you have a legit
Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installation.
Windows 10 free upgrade offer is here to stay
As we mentioned at outset, Windows 10’s free upgrade offer was
marketing fluff and you can always upgrade from Windows 7
to Windows 10 for free. This is because Microsoft cares more
about the Windows 10 market share than licensing revenue.
Microsoft doesn’t want to publicize this ‘loophole’ and it
could still stop the free upgrades if it wants to – but as of
December 26, the offer is still active.