Microsoft has officially ended the support for Windows 7 on
January 14, 2020, and you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for
free. The original free upgrade offer to Windows 10 officially
expired years ago, but the loophole is still working in May
2020, according to our testing.
It means that if you own a valid license of Windows 7 or
Windows 8.1, you can get Windows 10 without paying $120 for the
upgrade. It also appears that Microsoft knows of the loophole
and the company will not block users from upgrading to Windows
10 even if that means it wouldn’t make money from the upgrades.
To get Windows 10 for free, you need to download and run
Windows Media Creation Tool on Windows 10. Once downloaded, you
need to choose the upgrade path where you keep your files.
In the Windows Media Creation Tool, you just need to follow the
prompts and complete the upgrade. When the upgrade is complete
and the device is connected to the Internet, the digital
license of Windows 10 would be activated.
You can verify the activation status by going to Settings >
Update and Security > Activation.
We have also heard from users that a fresh install will work
with the free Windows 10 upgrade, but you’ll be asked to enter
your Windows 7. However, an alleged Microsoft employee said
that you may lose the ability to upgrade to Windows 10 for free
if you choose to do a fresh install.
Windows 10 is also available for free if you’re a student or
you have an alumni email account. If you can prove it, you
might be able to score a free copy of Windows 10 Education,
which is very similar to Windows 10 Enterprise.
According to the latest market share report, Windows 10’s
desktop share is 56%, down from 57.34% and Windows 7 market
share is 25.59, which also dropped from 26.3%.