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Microsoft announced the end of free updates for Windows 10
You can still get free updates for Windows 10 though
The program was stopped in July 2016
When Microsoft released Windows 10, there was a period where users with a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8 could upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Microsoft ended the free upgrade program a long time ago, however, With the end of Windows 7 around the corner, users have once again found a way to get a free upgrade to Windows 10.
According to a post by WindowsLatest, the process of getting a free upgrade to Windows 10 is surprisingly simple. All you need to do is download the Windows Media Creation Tool on the system running a genuine copy of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. Run the tool to download a copy of Windows 10 and start the installation. Enter your license key for the copy of Windows you are running and you should be able to install Windows 10 without paying for the upgrade. According to the website, a reddit user claiming to be a former Microsoft employee has also confirmed that he free upgrade continues to work.
In the event that you plan to do a clean install, you apparently won't have to worry. On performing a clean install, Windows 10 should activate on its own. During the install, just don’t enter your older license key as the 7-character keys are converted to a 10 character key that gets linked to your Microsoft account.
The alleged former Microsoft employee states in his reddit post that “WDG didn’t care pretty much at all because Terry Meyerson at the time cared more about his upgrade stats than license revenue as Windows isn’t Microsoft’s cash cow anymore. It’s the same stance back in the day where Microsoft would allow Windows Updates on pirated copies of Windows 7 as the bigger picture was to thwart security threats based from those copies.”
Microsoft had terminated the original upgrade program back in July of 2016. Users were still able to get an upgrade thanks to the “assistive upgrade program,” which was officially closed on December 31, 2017, marking the end to all the ways of getting a free upgrade to Windows 10. Turns out, users can still get their system upgraded to Windows 10 as long as you’re running a genuine copy of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. IF you’re still in need of an upgrade, this might be a good time to start before Microsoft plugs this loophole.
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