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Yes, But You May Get a Watermark
Download a copy from the Microsoft site onto a thumbdrive. Install from that. It will work, though you may get a watermark on the lower right hand side of your display telling you to pay for a license. It will behave normally in spite of that. You will also still get regular updates.
The Short Answer is No
Clicking on the first "Using the tool", you'll see it says you need a Windows 10 license to upgrade from W7 or 8.1. The license is not free anymore.
Wrong again !
I used my Windows 7 key and it activated win 10 with no problems whatsoever !
If you had installed Windows 10 on your Windows 7 machine, but reverted back to Windows 7 (within 30 days), then your Windows 10 license will work in the future. I installed Windows 7 on two of my three Windows 7 machines and immediately reverted back to "7". All "just in case".
There may be other tricks or malfunctions to accomplish a free upgrade without paying for a Windows 10 license, but MS sure ain't advertising them.
I was using this
I saved the ICON from one install to my flash drive and I used that last week to upgrade a laptop. to my surprise it activated. I have no way of knowing it the unit had being upgraded before, but it is now. I talked to another person using it and he's used it a few times since the cutoff date which had been extended to Jan 16th.
Did 2 Win7Pro PCs 1/19/2019
Used the Microsoft media creation tool as a fresh download then run. Flawless update of 2 not-too-old PCs licensed with Win7Pro. Both have SSDs and it was less than 40 minutes per machine.
Checkout Ed Bott
Ed Bott, who writes for the CNet/Techrepublic/ZDnet group with helpful hints on customising Windows 10 (well worth a read anyway) is tracking this issue. The last report I saw from him, early this year, said it was still available, not as an upgrade but as a clean install, using a valid Win 7 or 8.1 product key. Checkout his latest post to see if he has updated it.
If you had upgraded your previous machine to Win 10, using the free upgrade route and obtained a digital licence for it, it may be worth giving Microsoft a call and explaining the circumstances to see if they will make a one off exception in your case.
Here is the article Zouch is referring to...
Can you or could you?
"A few weeks ago" it was still 2017 and according to the link provided by bonafide49 it should have worked back then. And I have it on good authority that it did.
The question here is, though, if it would still work now, in 2018. According to that link it wouldn't. It might still work anyway. To make it more complicated, it may work in some geographies and not in others, depending on the legal situation surrounding Microsoft product licensing in those geographies. It would be helpful now to hear from someone that can positively assert that it did work in 2018, specifying where.
The link you provide is a good link to the place where you can download an installation image. This image can be useful to upgrade or repair an existing licensed Windows 10 installation. It used to be useful as well in upgrading a licensed Windows 7 installation (except for the "enterprise" flavour - I tried that out myself; so that part of bonafide49's link checks out, at least.)
Incidentally, it might be useful to download such an image from time to time in order to reinstall over an installation broken by the misguided online upgrade policy of "the vendor" - call it the new world's version of a "fixpack." I consolidated a few of my installations to the state of the "fall creator's update." (I also wonder who this guy is that "created fall" and how fall came about in all the years prior to 2017 ...)
If you install over an activated Windows 10 the way to proceed is to skip the entry of the key. The existing key from the old installation is being used and activation is automatic later, as soon as a connection to the activation servers is available. That, at least, is my experience. It may be contigent on the same hardware as before being identified.
From Windows 7 to Windows 10
To day 02/03/18, I acceded the (long) link you suggested. And, after four hours, I got windows 10. Spanish version. No keys requested! I am atonished!
Worked for me!
Upgraded from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro on Feb 3rd 2018 by following your link for free. I didn't even have to enter my 7 code and it worked fine. I was skeptical when 10 first came out for free, because on new system bugs, so I passed, now we have 10 at work and it works fine. Through that I would have to pay for my upgrade until I saw your post.
Thank-you very much!!
A friendly reminder might be in order here
to all posting about their preferred Windows, Linux, MacOS or whatever.
The OP just wanted to know if he could still get an upgrade to Windows10 for free, not what alternatives there are.
This discussion would be much easier to read if it were limited to the topic at hand.
(Now, this is not saying that some clever banter might not be quite entertaining at times - and I have to admit that I can occasionally be found amongst the perpetrators of such misdemeanors, but operating systems shootouts? I beg your pardon!)
I have to agree Gerdd. While sometimes the off-topic posts..
can be entertaining, most of time they just derails and disrupts the topic at hand and it doesn't help anyone especially the OP. Unfortunately this time it was way out of hand and I had to remove most of those disruptive post here. Thank you Gerdd for calling this out. I will be adding a note to the topic post to ask people to stay on topic.
This worked three days ago (Jan 25th)
This is my first post on CNET so I'll apologize in advance if this is redundant with something else that's in the thread. It has seemed to wander to places other than the question you asked and I've had trouble tracking all of it.
Three days ago, on January 25th, I ran the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool (from here - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 ) on two computers which had never before had Windows 10 on them. Both were Dells and they contained activated Windows 7 Professional installs.
I chose the option "Upgrade this PC now" and both upgraded flawlessly and came up immediately activated. From this I assume that the "free hidden" upgrade is still in force, or at any rate it was three days ago.
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Like I said, they don't advertise it as such.
OKAY! This is useful feedback.
So at least in your geo it still "quietly" works.
This was a great topic because I lost everything on my computer this last week and had to do a complete reset. Unfortunately my backup didn't work and I lost over 100 programs and well over 150 contacts.
My computer is about 2 years old and had Windows 8 installed but had the option of upgrading to Windows 10 for free so I upgraded right away and have been using 10 the whole time. When I did the reset, the computer returned to Windows 8 so I figured W8 would be OK since I didn't want to spend the $100 + for W10.
I used the link you provided and it worked perfectly so I now have Windows 10 again.
Thank you very much.
I'm installing it atm, so far so good fingers crossed hopefully it's not jinxed by the time i'm done posting this thread, thanks a bunch to whoever came up with the link!
New Windows 7 PC?
How can you get a New Windows 7 PC anyway? If used they should had upgraded back then when free offer and Microsoft Help to download again. I pity the people who waited thow.. Contact Microsoft support to see if they can help you download the Windows 10 upgrade for that Windows 7 PC?
The way I've done it
When I was taking PC hardware, software, and networking classes at the local JC for my cert tests, they gave out licenses for use since you used your laptops for the class and you had to have different versions of the software and had to create virtual PC's with the different versions.
Bad thing is you have to take a class and mess up a couple of nights a week..
Introductory Windows 7 & 10 set
I was just thinking of this same question since my Desktop had been unplugged and stored for over 2 years while I went through 3 moves until buying my home.
If I recall correctly, there was a special offer at the outset of Windows 10 that offered Windows 7 AND Windows 10. At the time Windows 10 was terrible. It wasn’t selling at all. The offer allowed to use either Windows 7 or Windows 10 and to choose your own time to make the upgrade to Windows 10.
I’m thinking that the confusion of who is able to use their Windows 7 key (or not) could be attributed to this special dual-OS offer of about 3 years ago. If you downloaded that offer you have no problem shifting to Windows 10.
Otherwise try some of the “midnight OS supply” advice to snag a free Windows 10.
I’ll follow up tonight after I try that “special deal” with my Windows 7 key. It should work flawlessly. But I’ll report back in any event.
Is there any way I can still get Windows 10 upgrade for free
Of course, just upgrade, it still works - I just did it yesterday!!
Digital license maybe
If you signed in using a microsoft id
Try downloading the install medum and loging in again with the microsoft id and then reactivate it
Fyi you get a 30 day trial automatically
Digital License Maybe
Nope, I did not use a Microsoft ID and it has a full Digital License - I checked on that.
You can get the ISO image from Microsoft
Yes, you can get a file from Microsoft called recovery at allows to either install Windows 10 to any system or make a USB drive that you can install Windows 10 on another system. Here is the Microsoft URL:
Note that for the "free" upgrade, you need to have a license copy of Windows 7 or newer other they will charge you when you need to activate the Windows 10.
Upgrade ... AND DON'T
You don't mention whether you are running on a laptop or a desktop, which can affect this:
Hard disks are cheap now--e.g., you can get a 1TB drive for around $40 at MicroCenter. When I'm doing a major upgrade I use an "upgrade and don't" approach. First I clone the disk and make sure the clone works. Then I upgrade one of those. That way, if something totally screws up, I've still got a completely working install immediately available.
Another benefit--especially if you are doing a fresh install--is you still have everything exactly where it was. In fact, (at least for awhile) I normally just install both drives and select which one will be the boot drive. So technically it's not a dual-boot machine.
And once you're satisfied that everything is installed, working, etc., you can wipe the old drive and use it for backing up.
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