Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10. For free?
Posted on: 17th January, 2020
As you may be aware, Microsoft has now stopped supporting Windows 7. This doesn’t mean that your old computer will suddenly stop working! But no more security updates will be released, so that your Win 7 PC becomes more vulnerable over the coming months.
We have learned that it may still be possible to upgrade your old Windows 7 PC to Windows 10, without having to buy a new Licence Key from Microsoft. We must stress that we haven’t tested this ourselves and that we are unsure of the legality of it.
But, if this process works it is Microsoft’s own Licensing Servers that are allowing the free upgrade. If they’re happily doing that, why would we argue?
Before you go ahead, stop and ask yourself, “Are you feeling lucky?” Well, are you? Upgrading the operating system on any computer can be a recipe for disaster. Can you recover the situation to get back to where you started, if it all goes horribly wrong?
Firstly, backup all of your data. Then back it up again, somewhere else. Then test both backups. Then back it up again, just in case.
Secondly, and just as vital, update all drivers, most especially the BIOS, on the computer. You should be able to do this from the manufacturer’s website, so long as you have the computer’s Serial Number; or at least the make, model & type.
Next, note all software that you use on the computer. Make sure that you have all of the serial numbers, usernames, passwords, etc as you will need to reinstall it all from scratch, later on.
Now, browse to https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10 where you click the “Download Tool Now” link to download a copy of the Windows 10 upgrade tool. If you intend just to upgrade this one PC choose “Upgrade this PC now” and follow the wizard.
If the process is successful you will end up with an activated copy of Windows 10. You can confirm this by checking “Settings / Update & Security / Activation” where you should see this screen:
At this point the Windows 10 licence is burned into the computer. The “in-place” upgrade has brought much of the old, Windows 7, operating system with it. You should now wipe the computer clean and reinstall Win 10 from scratch, to ensure that the operating system is as “clean” as possible.
Then you have to reinstall of your software and apps. And finally transfer back your backed up data. (You did back up your data, didn’t you?)
Of course, you are trying to upgrade a computer which must be quite old. Is it worth it? You’ll still have an old, slow computer at the end of the day.
You may be better off upgrading through the traditional route of buying a new machine!
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