Is the free upgrade from W7 to W10 still in place?  

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    W7 Pro
       #1

    Is the free upgrade from W7 to W10 still in place?


    I see the last posts in the upgrade forum were in 2020. Is the upgrade still available?

    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 2,092
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #2

    Of course. Absolutely.

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    Do you want to upgrade your Windows 7 (in situ) ? Or do a clean install of Windows 10 (absolutely, highly recommended as the best option).
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  3. Posts : 4,594
    Windows 10 Pro
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    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    rlh99 said:
    I see the last posts in the upgrade forum were in 2020. Is the upgrade still available?
    The slowing down of posts is not surprising. There are probably not many Win7 machines left that have never tried the upgrade to Win10*. Once upgraded they would have a digital licence for life, even if they went back to W7 later. Most that would want to upgrade to W10 would have done so by now, and the die-hard W7 brigade will never even try.

    No one has reported (here or anywhere else I can find) that an upgrade from an activated W7/W8 to W10 no longer works and activates with a digital licence for W10.

    Here are some more recent reports of a successful upgrade...

    "I upgraded from Windows 8 at the end of January..".

    07 Feb 2021 "...recently upgraded our 4 home computers from 7 (Prof) to 10; two by the automatic free upgrade, with no probs"


    * I know of at least two W7 machines that are still 'W10 virgins'. I own them and have set them to one side so I can test if/when the free upgrade is ever reported as having stopped
    Last edited by Bree; 12 Mar 2021 at 07:30.
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  5. Posts : 2,517
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       #5

    Yes. Why it’s not officially mentioned by Microsoft is strange though.
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  6. Posts : 68,216
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    rlh99 said:
    I see the last posts in the upgrade forum were in 2020. Is the upgrade still available?

    Thanks
    Hello,

    Yes, it still currently works.

    Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free
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  7. Posts : 14
    W7 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Well, that was a great response! I'm used to waiting a day or two on other forums...

    @ idgat Why the emphasis on the clean install? Does the in-place path have problems? Never mind the hassles of re-installing all my programs, just finding the media / install files would be an exercise in itself!

    @ Bree 'Most that would want to upgrade to W10 would have done so by now, and the die-hard W7 brigade will never even try.'

    Count me among the die-hards. I have the W7 machine, a Vista laptop, an XP laptop, an XP desktop, and two W2k desktops (one of which blew its p/s a few weeks ago. And somewhere there is a DOS machine.

    Thank you all. (idgat, I'd really like to hear your reasons...)
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    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4046 (x64) [22H2]
       #8

    The reason for doing a clean install...

    1. Clean fresh drivers
    2. Leave any problems Win 7 had, behind
    3. Win 10 in general, runs much better after a clean install
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  9. Posts : 2,144
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
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    Ghot said:
    The reason for doing a clean install...

    1. Clean fresh drivers
    2. Leave any problems Win 7 had, behind
    3. Win 10 in general, runs much better after a clean install
    Another option is to:
    • Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10
    • Let it activate with a digital license
    • Do a clean install of Windows 10
    • Windows 10 will self activate with the digital license already on the servers


    The reason someone might want to do this way is they don't know the key to Windows 7 so they won't have it to activate Windows 10 if they start with a clean install of Windows 10.
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    Win 10 Home ♦♦♦19045.4046 (x64) [22H2]
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    MisterEd said:
    Another option is to:
    • Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10
    • Let it activate with a digital license
    • Do a clean install of Windows 10
    • Windows 10 will self activate with the digital license already on the servers


    The reason someone might want to do this way is they don't know the key to Windows 7 so they won't have it to activate Windows 10 if they start with a clean install of Windows 10.


    ShowKeyPlus will show you your Windows 7 product key.

    ShowKeyPlus
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