Posted On 24 Mar 2020
Microsoft has now officially ended all support for Windows 7, meaning that anyone who wants to keep their computers secure and functioning properly should upgrade to Windows 10. You can do this by buying the operating system for $139 from Microsoft, but there is a way of upgrading free.
With the first release of Windows 10 in 2015, Microsoft offered all Windows users a free upgrade from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1; this offer was slated to last for 12 months, but recent reports demonstrate that it is still working. If you have a licensed and activated copy of Windows 7, 8 or 8,1, follow the procedure below (please note that you can only upgrade to the equivalent version that you already have, i.e., Home edition users can only upgrade to Windows 10 Home, while Pro users can access the Pro version).
Visit the Download Windows 10 website and download and run the “Create Windows 10 installation media”. When prompted, select “Upgrade this PC now” (if you’re upgrading the PC you’re using; to upgrade another machine, select “Create installation media for another PC”). Simply follow the on-screen prompts; once you have been upgraded, visit Settings Update & Security > Activation and you will find your digital license for Windows 10.
If you are running a Windows 7 PC, it’s probably time to consider upgrading your hardware for full access to all the features of Windows 10, but if for economic or other reasons you prefer to stick with your old PC, this free upgrade at least ensures that you remain secure and supported.