Microsoft's free upgrade offer for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users ended a few years ago, but you can still technically upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge. Although Microsoft has removed the special upgrade offer sites, the company continues to activate Windows 10 licenses for people upgrading from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
Ed Bott of ZDNet has been testing this method for years and the free upgrade still works. It is also very easy for anyone to upgrade from Windows 7, especially since the support for the operating system ends today. Assuming your PC supports the minimum requirements for Windows 1
The most important thing to remember is that the upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 can erase your settings and apps. There is an option to save your files and personal information, but due to differences between Windows 10 and Windows 7, it is not always possible to keep all your existing apps. Make sure you have noted which apps you use regularly so that you can easily obtain them by re-downloading the & # 39; s installers. Windows 8.1 can also be upgraded in the same way, but without having to delete your apps and settings.
Here's how to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10:
- Back up all your important documents, apps and data  Go to the Windows 10 download site from Microsoft
- Select in the section Installation media for Windows 10 "Download tool now" and run the app
- When prompted, choose "Upgrade this PC now".
- You will then be asked if you want to keep your personal files or restart. Remember: Restarting or saving your files still means that all apps and settings are deleted before upgrading to Windows 10.
- Once the upgrade is complete, you will receive a digital license for Windows 10, which can be found under Settings> Update and security> Activation.
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