Windows 10 free upgrade offer still works for some users

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In 2015, Microsoft stated that device with legitimate Windows 7
or Windows 8.1 licenses could be upgraded to Windows 10 free of
charge for the first year.

Microsoft officially ended the Windows 10 free upgrade offer in
December 2017, but users are reporting that they can still
install and activate the OS on a PC running a genuine license
of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

This loophole lets you claim a free digital entitlement of
Windows 10 and it works only on a PC already activated with
Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.

To grab a free copy of Windows 10, you have to download and run
the Media Creation Tool and enter the product key when asked
during the upgrade process. Keep in mind, though, this won’t
work for other versions of Windows or to activate the existing
installation of Windows 10.

On Reddit, a self-proclaimed Microsoft engineer confirmed that Windows 10
free upgrades are still possible but you need to be careful.

“You still can do this no problem, however careful, do an
upgrade keeping everything as if you choose to yeet everything
and start fresh, you lose your free upgrade. That old 7 license
converts to a 10 digital license and from there you can clean
install no problem,” the employee wrote.

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Microsoft has never explained why the upgrade offer still
exists and if it has any plans to close the loophole, but the
self-proclaimed Microsoft employee provided an answer
yesterday:

“That whole “free” upgrade for a year was fully marketing
fluff. After the cut off happened, the direction given was that
it requires a paid license HOWEVER, this was brought up by the
brick and mortar stores that they were doing simple clock
changes on customer devices during the upgrade challenge to get
around it and then ultimately it was clear two years later that
anything Windows 7 and up would go to 10 fully activated and
still to this day”.

It seems that Microsoft doesn’t really care about the loophole
and the company may not block the ability in the coming
two months when support for Windows 7 comes to an end.

It’s also worth noting that ‘a successful activation is not the
same as a legal license’ and you could be violating licensing
agreements by using Windows 7 product key for Windows 10.

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