Free updates from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10 (x64/x86) are officially complete/end. But it is still possible to get the latest version of the OS, without paying a dollar.
At the launch of Windows 10 in July 2015, Microsoft undertook a major promotion campaign to offer its OS free to Windows 7 and 8/8.1 users. This free update was valid for one year and then it was still possible to do it via the Microsoft website dedicated to assistive technologies, used for example by the visually impaired. The editor has terminated this operation but everything is not lost if you still want to update your Windows 7/8/8.1 machine. For this:
1 – Download the Support creation tool
To install Windows 10, you need an empty USB key of at least 8 GB. Download the support creation tool, plug in the key and run the MediaCreationTool.exe program from the file Explorer.
2 – Create your installation USB key
- Now you need to get Windows 10 Free Download Full Version. Accept the terms of the license Agreement, and then click Create installation media and the Next button. Verify that the language and version of Windows (32 bits or 64 bits) are the right ones. Click on the Next button.
- Click on the USB flash drive and then the Next button. Select your USB stick from the list and click Next. The USB key is then erased and the Windows 10 installation files start downloading.
3 – Start the installation of Windows 10 (64 bit)
Then you have two choices. First to Buy a Windows 10 Key on Cheap (OEM Key is cheaper than Retail Key). If you start the PC from the USB stick, you perform a complete installation of Windows 10 that removes all previous data (apps, user files) and that requires entering the product key of your current Windows to activate the OS. That is not the way we are proposing to follow.
To update your current system and keep your data and apps, run the File Explorer, click the USB key in the tree, and double-click Setup.exe.
In the Get important Updates window, click the Next button. Then click the Accept button for the applicable license Agreement notices and Conditions window. When the Ready for installation window appears, click the Install button.
The computer will restart several times during the installation, which is perfectly normal.
4 – Check the activation status
Use the and key combination + to display the System Setup window.
In the Windows Activation section, the mention Windows is enabled must be present. Also you have to know how to Activate Windows 10 Key 32/64 bit. If this is not the case, click Edit Product Key and enter the key provided with your old OS (it is in the form of five groups of five letters and digits separated by dashes).