When Windows 10 first launched in 2015, users were given a period of around 12 months to upgrade their existing Windows 7 or Windows 8 license to Windows 10 for free (at no extra charge whatsoever). However, not everyone actually care about the deal at the time and missed it when it’s too late. When they are finally ready to upgrade to Windows 10, only to learn that the upgrade is no longer free and it cost $119 – $199 to purchase a Windows 10 license. So, can we still get to upgrade our PC to Windows 10 for free in 2019?
Windows 10 Free Upgrade in 2019
Well, recently I tried to upgrade one of my computers that has not been used for a long time (Windows 7 Pro) to Windows 10. At first I thought I will have to buy a Windows 10 license key in order for it to work. But, when I try to upgrade my Windows 7 PC using the in-place upgrade, it unexpectedly completed the upgrade with success without asking for any product key. It means that the deal is somehow still on. However, I’m not sure if this will work for everyone else, but it’s worth trying.
To try this, you need to use the Windows 10 media creation tool and select the Upgrade this PC now option. If the upgrade goes on and completed without asking for any key, it means you too get the deal for Windows 10 free upgrade. If it asks for a product key or shows product key error, unfortunately, you will have to purchase a Windows 10 copy to upgrade. If you are using a pirated cracked copy of Windows 7 or 8 downloaded from illegal torrents, the upgrade will surely ask for a product key and ultimately fail. Please stay away from pirated copy of Windows.
How to upgrade Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10
If you have never upgraded before and you want to try if you can still get the Windows 10 free upgrade, here’s a quick short guide on how to upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC to Windows 10 using the in-place upgrade.
If you use the in-place upgrade, the upgrade process will be hassle free. All the programs and data (if compatible) will be migrated and retained.
- Download Windows media creation tool from here. Click on the Download Tool now button on the download page.
- Run it on your Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC.
- When the tool starts, you should be able to see an option called Upgrade This PC Now. Click it.
- The tool will now download Windows 10 installation files which may take some time depending how fast your internet speed is.
- If you are asked to enter a product key, it means the Windows 10 free upgrade deal is no longer available for you. You will have to purchase a Windows 10 license key in order to continue the upgrade.
- When the download progress is completed, there will be an option where you get to choose what you want to keep. Click on the Change what to keep button and select the files and data you want to keep.
- When you’re done, click Install to continue.
- During the installation process, your PC may restart several times. Upon completion, your PC will boot into Windows 10 with all your files and data intact.
Windows 10 Free Upgrade using Windows 7/8 product key on a new PC
Alternatively, if you want to try to use your Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key to install Windows 10 on a new computer, you can create a bootable ISO or USB Windows 10 installation disk. To learn how to install Windows 10 using bootable ISO or USB, read: How to Install Windows 10 Digital Download from USB.
During the process, you can try to enter your Windows 7 product key and see if it works. If the installation continues, congratulation, it means your key is still entitled for the Windows 10 free upgrade. Otherwise, it will show errors and you will have to buy Windows 10 in order to continue.