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Microsoft’s free upgrade offer for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users ended a few years ago, but still you can technically upgrade to Windows 10 free. While Microsoft has removed the special upgrade offer sites, the company continues to activate Windows 10 licenses for people who upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

We have been testing this method for years, and the free upgrade still works. It’s also simple for anyone to upgrade from Windows 7, especially as support ends for the operating system today. Assuming your PC supports the minimum requirements for Windows 10, you’ll be able to upgrade from Microsoft’s site.

The most important thing to remember is that the Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrade could wipe your settings and apps. There’s an option to keep your files and personal data, but, because of differences between Windows 10 and Windows 7, it’s not always possible to keep all of your existing apps. Make sure you’ve noted what apps you use so you can get them by downloading the installers again. You can also upgrade Windows 8.1 the same way, but without needing to wipe your apps and settings.

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Here’s how to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10:

  • Back up all of your important documents, apps, and data.
  • Head over to Microsoft’s Windows 10 download site{rel=nofollow}.
  • In the Create Windows 10 installation media section, select “Download tool now,” and run the app.
  • When prompted, choose “Upgrade this PC now.”
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Windows 7 upgrade to windows 10 prompt | microsoft
  • It will then ask you whether you want to keep your files or start fresh. Remember: starting fresh or keeping your files still means that it will delete all apps and settings for the Windows 10 upgrade. It will only keep the files, which are in Downloads, Documents, and folders like this.
  • Once the upgrade is complete, you will receive a digital license for Windows 10. You can find it under Settings > Update & Security > Activation.