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Even after offer expired, upgrade Windows 10 for free

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.

Windows 10 Technical Support
Windows 10 Technical Support

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.

Resolution of Common Problems of Windows 10/8.1/8

There is nothing perfect in this world and this is applicable to the technology as well. Windows is also such an Operating System that is not perfect has some temperament, glitches, and flaws. However, the good thing about Microsoft is that it learns from the flaws and issues and eventually and creates a super OS (near to perfect) that will be capable of beating all other OS.

There are numbers of operating systems in the market, but Windows has made its special place because of various reasons that add convenience for the end users. Since the release of its first OS, Microsoft has developed various versions of Windows over the years. Today, Windows has a great significance and with the every passing day, it is becoming more popular among the computer users.

In the year 2014 in the month of September, Microsoft announced that it is going to release its new version of Windows for consumers on July 29, 2015. With the release, Microsoft also announced that the authentic and eligible users of Windows 7/8 can upgrade their editions to Windows 10 for free. Microsoft launched Windows 10 to render a harmonious experience to the Windows 7 as well as Windows 8 users. It includes the features and functionalities of both of the versions.

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a harmonious experience Microsoft developed this OS version with the expectations that it will provide a smooth and glitch free experience, but like other software programs, it may encounter some internal glitch or issues  in fewer instances. Windows 10 users have reported a few Windows related issues with their version of OS and Microsoft have taken the corrective measures for most of the reported problems that are easy to apply and follow.

Below a few of Windows 10 issues are enlisted with their solutions:

Prevalent issues of Windows 10 and their solutions

Installation Problem

Users have reported that issues encounter at the instance when they tried to install Windows 10. While installing Windows, issues encountered accompanied by a pop-up message reflecting, “Something happened.” To fix this problem the only option users have is close the window to terminate the installation process. Users reported that this problem occurs when they were using a burned USB or DVD while installing Windows 10 or trying to choose to create an ISO.

Before installing Windows 10, check the Language and Region settings on the control panel and verify that US English is selected. If US English is not selected, you need install the US English Language pack on your system again. Otherwise option you have is, use the feature “Upgrade This PC” with the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.

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Unable to Find Wireless Networks

This annoying problem may not only encounter with wireless network, but it can be irksome even in wired Ethernet connections also. To fix this issue, the first recourse you can exercise to counter this problem is restart your computer first and then your Wi-Fi router. This recourse will usually work for you, but if it doesn’t resolve your issue and could not find any Wi-Fi connection, what you need to do next is see if you have installed any VPN software. Check out that your VPN software is compatible with Windows 10 or not. If it is not compatible with Windows 10, uninstall it. Another option to fix this issue is disable your firewall and see it works for you or not.

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Windows 8.1 Unusual Issues and their Resolution

Windows 8.1 is an upgrade to Windows 8 that was codenamed Blue. This better version of Windows 8 is regarded as an upgrade from its predecessor and received mixed reviews from the users. This version of Windows also has its share of issues so below a few unusual problems are discussed along with their corresponding fixes.

Start Menu

Microsoft has received many complaints from Windows 8.1 users that their Start Menu is missing. The most effective solution for this problem is use the 3rd party apps. This solves your issue of missing Start Menu.

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One File Saved with Multiple Copies

If you have saved multiple copies of same file, this will consume space on hard drive and will show many issues in Windows 8.1. What you can do as a solution to prevent occurrence of this issue is, use a 3rd party service to disable the default back up service.

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Windows 8 Common Concerns and Fixes

Windows 8 launched with the major changes specifically in terms of the user interface as well as the OS’ platform. It was launched to provide a good experience to the Windows users. In fact, it was built to give the user a better touch experience on desktop computers and laptops. Like other two of its versions, Windows 8 also has its share of problems. So here is the fix for a few common problems.

Apps do not Close

Once a user launches an app, it will remain running until the operating system decides close or stop it. The OS do so to save CPU cycles mainly. The common fix for this problem is use ALT + F4 to close apps. However, with regular builds, this command does not work.

Turning the Device off

Clicking the Start button brings the shut down or restart option to the Windows 7 user, but due to different setup, Windows 8 gives you shut down or restart the computer options when you click on the Power button to. Another technique to restart or shut down the computer is hover the cursor over the Start button, go to Settings, Power and then choose the option.

If you still face any problem with Windows 10, then you contact Windows 10 Technical Support Services to their respective service provider or any third-party service provider and in case if you have any problem with Windows 8 then you contact Windows 8 Technical Support Services to their respective service provider or any third-party service provider .