Free upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7 SP1 and 8.1 users

Media Creation Tool - Microsoft's "Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant" that lets you upgrade Windows 7 SP1 and 8.1 to Windows 10, version 20H2 for free by activating your system with a digital license.

Windows 7 support has ended

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft stopped releasing security updates for Windows 7 and ended technical support for this version of the system. To keep your PC serviced and protected while receiving monthly security updates, you have the option to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

For Windows 7 and 8.1 users, the planned one-year free upgrade period to Windows 10 officially ended on July 29, 2016.

Immediately after that date, Microsoft launched a site for users with disabilities using assistive technology for Windows. However, it stopped working on January 16, 2018. However, using the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant, which is still available for download from official servers, anyone can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free, but only to Windows 10 (version 1709).

However, at the moment, you can immediately update to the latest current version of Windows 10 October 2020 Update (version 20H2) using the Media Creation Tool. In this case, the new Windows system will be automatically activated with a digital license.

Free upgrade to Windows 10

The necessary conditions

  • The free upgrade is available only for licensed users of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1.

To take advantage of the free upgrade offer, follow these steps:

1. For a smooth installation, you need to install all the latest updates for your current system. Also, make sure Windows 10 is right for your computer.

2. Download the new version of the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, with which you can upgrade your Windows 7 SP1 or 8.1 operating system to Windows 10 for free.

3. Run the utility and accept the license agreement.

5. Wait while the utility downloads all necessary files check your computer for compatibility and downloads all necessary updates. This may take some time depending on the speed of your internet connection.

6. Next, make sure Keep personal files and applications are selected and click Install.

7. The update may take from one to several hours depending on the configuration of your computer.

8. After completing the update, Windows 10, version 20H2 will be installed.

Advice. To quickly find the version number of Windows 10, type in the search bar winver, press Enter, and you will see a dialog box with information about the current version of the OS.

9. Connect to the Internet and check the activation of the system. Press the Windows + keys I to open the Settings app and go to Update & Security> Activation. You should see that Windows is activated with a digital license.

Activating Windows 10 using Windows 7 and 8.1 keys

Windows 10 can be activated with product keys from Windows 7 and 8.1.

If you own a Windows 7 or 8.1 OEM key when you perform a clean install of Windows 10, version 20H2, you can go through the activation process in Settings> Update & Security> Activation> Change Product Key.

You can see other ways to update to the latest version of Windows 10 in the article:

How to download Windows 10 October 2020 Update, version 20H2

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