Free Windows Upgrades Still In Effect for Win 7 & 8

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2 months 4 weeks ago #42683 by Chelle
I had heard that Microsoft quietly reinstated free Windows 10 upgrades, sometime last year. My guess is that it's in anticipation of the end of life for Windows 7 that's coming up this month.

An 85 year old lady that I help out was hoping that Windows 7 would outlive her so she wouldn't have to learn how to use another operating system-- but apparently she's just too darn healthy.

I did a straight upgrade of her computer today, after downloading the media creation tool, and it worked great and activated automatically.

If you've been holding out you should probably go ahead and git 'er done.
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2 months 4 weeks ago #42684 by realLexusl21

Chelle wrote: I had heard that Microsoft quietly reinstated free Windows 10 upgrades, sometime last year. My guess is that it's in anticipation of the end of life for Windows 7 that's coming up this month.

An 85 year old lady that I help out was hoping that Windows 7 would outlive her so she wouldn't have to learn how to use another operating system-- but apparently she's just too darn healthy.

I did a straight upgrade of her computer today, after downloading the media creation tool, and it worked great and activated automatically.

If you've been holding out you should probably go ahead and git 'er done.


Would you have the free link? Or how to get it? From win 7 to win 10

Thanks chelle

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2 months 4 weeks ago #42685 by KBOrtega
Pardon my laziness, but do you have a link?

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2 months 4 weeks ago - 2 months 4 weeks ago #42686 by Chelle

KBOrtega wrote: Pardon my laziness, but do you have a link?


Just Google "Windows 10 Media Creation Tool" and download it from the Microsoft website. It's small-- less than 20MB.

Then you can either upgrade, in place, or create a bootable USB flash drive to install a clean copy. In either case it will download the correct installation files.

If you upgrade it will automatically activate without entering a product key.

If you do a clean install it may or may not ask for a product key. If it does ask you can enter your Windows 7 or 8 product key and it will work.

It will automatically install Home or Professional, based on what you're upgrading from.
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2 months 4 weeks ago - 2 months 4 weeks ago #42687 by Isamorph
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2 months 4 weeks ago #42690 by KBOrtega
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2 months 4 weeks ago #42699 by dst11
If you go to the Windows 7 update page at support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4009469 , you see a listing of all the Windows 7 updates including security-only (I don't want to do the regular updates. Who knows what they'll "update"). The page states that:

Installing the most recent update means that you also get all the previous updates, including important security fixes.

So, if you do the December update you don't need any previous months. right? I ask because (for example) the December security-only update for 64-bit systems is 35.5MB, while the September security-only update for 64-bit systems is 49.9MB. What happens? Do they look at the update after they release it and take out any unnecessary parts so it slims down?

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2 months 4 weeks ago #42700 by Chelle

dst11 wrote: If you go to the Windows 7 update page at support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4009469 , you see a listing of all the Windows 7 updates including security-only (I don't want to do the regular updates. Who knows what they'll "update"). The page states that:

Installing the most recent update means that you also get all the previous updates, including important security fixes.

So, if you do the December update you don't need any previous months. right? I ask because (for example) the December security-only update for 64-bit systems is 35.5MB, while the September security-only update for 64-bit systems is 49.9MB. What happens? Do they look at the update after they release it and take out any unnecessary parts so it slims down?


I haven't kept up on Windows 7 and 8 updates. I was referencing updating those operating systems to Windows 10 using the media creation tool.
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2 months 4 weeks ago #42701 by dst11
Thanks Chelle. Yes, with the media creation tool you can still update to 10 for free. And that may come in handy now. I haven't kept up with all the 7 updates either. I was just curious as to how they work size wise. No big deal. Just curiosity!

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2 months 4 weeks ago - 2 months 4 weeks ago #42702 by Isamorph
You probably have until the 14th of this month to get the free update to W10. If you don' t update you'll be running an unsupported, unsecured system, if that is not the case already. And you will have to pay for W10 after the 14th, I assume.

support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4057281/windows-7-support-will-end-on-january-14-2020
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