How To Upgrade To Windows 10 For 'Free' In 2020

When Windows 10 first arrived, nabbing a miễn phí tăng cấp was as simple as clicking the “Get Windows 10” notification prompt. Things are a bit different now, however. Microsoft no longer supports Windows 7, which means there’s no more technical tư vấn, security updates, or bug-squashing. In other words, Windows 7 is now unsafe khổng lồ use, making this an excellent time to lớn switch lớn Windows 10.

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Unfortunately, the original không tính phí upgrade period for the two older versions ended years ago, and the workaround to get Windows 10 for miễn phí with Assistive Technologies ended not long after that. No need to lớn worry, though — there are still ways to get Microsoft’s lathử nghiệm operating system without paying for a new license or breaking any rules.

Product keys and digital licenses

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It would be best to have sầu a valid hàng hóa key or a digital license to lớn get a miễn phí nâng cấp. What’s the difference? When you purchase an operating system from Microsoft or any retailer, it comes with a product key khổng lồ unlock it. It’s printed và included in the packaging, emailed to you, or stored in the cloud, which is usually the case for system builders.

A digital license connects your installed Windows platsize to lớn a key embedded in pre-built systems from Acer, Dell, HP, & so on. For a long time, these manufacturers printed hàng hóa keys on labels stuông xã on PCs or printed và inserted them into lớn product packaging. Microsoft’s sản phẩm keys typically only work once, but hackers sometimes find workarounds to use the same key on multiple PCs.

That led Microsoft & manufacturers to lớn introduce digital licenses in Windows 8 as an anti-piracy measure, so over users aren’t installing the platsize on additional machines. However, Microsoft also moved Windows 7 over to this method. This license becomes locked to your Microsoft trương mục.

If you legitimately purchased & no longer use these older versions, Microsoft’s Windows 10 activation servers will accept Windows 7 và Windows 8.1 keys on your PC.

However, if you’re upgrading from Windows 7 và can’t find the key, you can try signing in khổng lồ your Microsoft account and checking past downloads lớn see if your hàng hóa key is there. Sites lượt thích Amazon also keep a record of purchased downloads, but these rarely include the hàng hóa key itself, though it may help narrow down where it could be.

Finally, you can download Windows 10 and perform a clean install. It will then pull the valid Windows 8/8.1 license key from your prebuilt system’s motherboard và move sầu on. In all other cases, you must supply an authentic, genuine hàng hóa key during the thiết lập process, or you can bởi it later by visiting Settings > Update và Security > Activation.

If you don’t have a valid Windows 7 license key, you must follow our other guide about how khổng lồ upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

Step 1: Download the Windows 10 Media Creation tool

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Despite officially ending the không tính phí update promotion in mid-2016, Microsoft quietly keeps this option available so all Windows PC owners can run the lademo version. Again, unless you have sầu a valid digital license or hàng hóa key to get a không tính tiền nâng cấp, you will be required to lớn pay for a new Windows 10 Home hàng hóa key.

Your first step in acquiring a không tính phí Windows 10 upgrade is khổng lồ visit Microsoft’s tải về Windows 10 webpage. Then, select the Download Tool Now button.

You’ll see MediaCreationTool21H1.exe download onlớn your PC, which shouldn’t take longer than a minute. Disconnect any unnecessary accessories lớn help reduce the chance of errors.

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Step 2: Launch the Media Creation Tool


With the Media Creation Tool downloaded, open it, and accept Microsoft’s terms.

As shown above sầu, you have two options: Upgrade the current PC, or create truyền thông media that will either upgrade another PC or perform a clean install on the current PC. However, in both cases, the tool will temporarily download a disk image of Windows 10, so be sure you have enough space for the file — around 4GB, at least.

Next, select the Upgrade This PC Now option & follow the prompts. The tool will scan your computer khổng lồ see if it’s compatible and may present a các mục of problematic programs or hardware that could stall the nâng cấp. If needed, uninstall programs to address the installer’s concerns.

With all issues resolved, the installer will try lớn port over all the data it can. Keep in mind, however, the vast gap between Windows 7 và Windows 10 in terms of the software you use. If you’re ditching Windows 7 after using it for many years, you probably have sầu a lot of data stored in files & apps. We can’t guarantee that all files & apps will be compatible with Windows 10, & some may stop working.

It’s essential to be aware of this và prepare before upgrading. Back up or convert any crucial data before you continue.

Step 3: Finish installation


As the installer progresses, your PC will restart a few times. As part of the process, it will pull your existing digital license from your hardware during the cài đặt — you won’t need lớn activate. If prompted for a valid sản phẩm key, enter it now or vì chưng so later by visiting Settings > Update và Security > Activation.

Keep in mind that this won’t work for Windows XP or Windows Vista, as these versions of Windows never qualified for the không tính tiền Windows 10 tăng cấp.

You’ll also receive the same flavor of Windows that first shipped with your PC — trang chủ, Pro, Enterprise, or Education. If you’d rather use Windows 10 Pro instead of the Windows 10 Home update, you must purchase a new hàng hóa key.

Other methods for getting Windows 10

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The above method is the best way lớn get Windows 10 for free — at least for now. There are other ways you can get Windows 10 if you need it, including không tính phí và low-cost options that may be worth exploring.

Upgrade from Windows 7

Buy a copy of Windows 10 from Microsoft. Please read our guide on how to tăng cấp from Windows 7 khổng lồ Windows 10.

Download Windows 10 without activating

Technically, you can tải về Windows 10 from Microsoft & not activate it, which means you don’t pay for it. It turns out this is safer than it sounds because Microsoft is pretty lax about enforcing activation. Your copy of Windows shouldn’t shut down, but some limitations kick in after your 30-day evaluation:

An Activate Windows watermark appears in the bottom-right corner.A “Windows Isn’t Activated, Activate Windows Now” notification appears in settings.Personalization features such as changing the wallpaper và accent colors are disabled.Updates may discontinue in the future.Various apps and features stop working.You’ll receive daily notifications khổng lồ activate.No technical tư vấn.

We want khổng lồ stress that using an unactivated version of Windows 10 is not permitted by Microsoft. Although it may appear like a fantastic steal (sounds about right), in reality, you’re breaking the rules and defying Microsoft’s licensing agreement. Microsoft would be completely within its rights to lớn pursue legal damages against anyone using the Windows 10 OS unactivated, though they haven’t done so yet as far as we know. Better safe than sorry. In the over, if Microsoft wanted lớn stop people from using these versions, they could vì it.

Buy a third-các buổi party Windows 10 key

You can find third-buổi tiệc nhỏ vendors who sell Windows 10 manufacturer keys at a bargain. Going through these companies enables you to lớn purchase the keys at half (or even lower) of the full Microsoft price. While it sounds like a complete scam, you can find reliable vendors who just happen khổng lồ have sầu a good price, but you need to lớn stay on your toes. What customers need lớn vày is hunt for trustworthy key vendors who offer incredible bargains. Easier said than done, though.