Most of the people know that Microsoft’s much-hyped Windows 10 free upgrade offer has been ended on July 29, 2016, but you can still upgrade your version of Windows to Windows 10. The GWX tool may not be there, but all the other upgrade tools may be still there which may result in a valid digital license. Here’s some important points which will help you to get yours valid digital license.
Months ago on July 29, 2016, Microsoft officially ended to how notifications on user’s computer about Windows 10 free upgrade and stopped forcing the GWX tool onto the PCs. It was a big relief for those who were happy with their existing version of Windows and were not interest in new upgrade. But once users stopped getting the notification about Windows 10 free upgrade, the only way to get Windows 10 is to buy a copy of it.
Today after so many months also, users who run Microsoft’s activation servers can still claim a free digital entitlement to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8.1 without being forced to jump through any hoops.
By using a product key from a previous business edition of Windows 7/8/8.1 (Pro/Ultimate), you can still upgrade Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro. This post explains the basics of a Windows 10 upgrade along with licensing issues which may be involved with this upgrade.
How to upgrade to Windows 10
If you have a PC running a “genuine” copy of Windows 7/8/8.1 (properly licensed and activated), follow the steps given below to upgrade it to Windows 10.
- To get started, visit Download Windows 10 webpage and click on the button Download tool now. Run the Media Creation Tool once download gets complete.
- Once the Media Creation Too is downloaded on your machine, choose the option Upgrade this PC now and let it get complete.
- Select the second option if you’re running the tool on a different machine, or if you want more flexibility. Save the installation files as an ISO file or to a USB drive.
- Once the download is complete, open the flash drive in File Explorer or mount the ISO file and run Setup from there.
- Follow the prompts to finish the upgrade successfully. During the upgrade process, you will not be asked for a product key. You’ll have a digital license to Windows 10 once the upgrade is complete. Go to Settings > Update & security > Activation to confirm the upgrade.
- The digital license is tied to your device and you won’t need a product key, and activation is automatic. You can reformat the disk and install the same edition of Windows 10 anytime.
Microsoft ended the free upgrade through the Get Windows 10 app on July 29, 2016. This upgrade says that a key will be necessary “for this tool to work” (not true), but nothing was explained about licensing.
Unlike the “Genuine Windows” label on older upgrades, the Windows 10 upgrade and activations screens specifically confirm the existence of a “digital license.”
Anyway, if you are users of assistive technologysuch as a screen narrator or magnifier, you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free.Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users are qualified for this upgrade as Microsoft is not really checking if you are using assistive technology or not.
The upgrade process is very simple. Just go to Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade page, download the program that’s listed on their upgrade page, and then install it. Assistive technology is the magnifier built into Windows that can be triggered by pressing Windows key + plus sign. It will make you eligible for a free upgrade on any device you use. ‘Upgrade Now’ button on that page kicks off an Upgrade Assistant if you click on it.
Microsoft has not announced any end date to the free Windows 10 upgrade program for assistive tool, but if it will, it will make “a public announcement before ending the offer.” The Windows 10 Anniversary Update includes new accessibility features and it means that Microsoft quietly keeping this upgrade path alive for those that need it. Assistive technologies are designed to provide additional flexibility to those who have physical or cognitive difficulties, disabilities, and impairments.
Using an old Windows 7 or 8.1 Key is another known and still available loophole to score a free Windows 10 upgrade. To upgrade to Windows 10, you need to enter valid Windows 7/8 product keys into the Windows 10 installer or later in the operating system. Microsoft may close this workaround soon.Microsoft hasn’t commented whether it will block this method in the future or not, but it seems that it is more concerned about getting more number of people onto Windows 10.
There’s always the option to install Windows 10 into a virtual machine without actually activating it for those that just need access to a fresh Windows 10 install temporarily. The operating system will keep on notifying you about activating it, but one way to go about it is, you need to run some tests like the Windows Bed test.
There is one more option to upgrade to Windows 10. You can download a 90-day evaluation version of Windows 10 Enterprise from Microsoft’s website also.If you are not sure about that you can successfully upgrade to Windows 10, you can ask the experts of pctech24.com.au to get Windows 10 Support.