As we told you at the beginning of December 2019, it was still possible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free from any computer with Windows 7 or Windows 8 / 8.1. This, about to end the first quarter of 2020, still true.
What’s more, The process is fairly simple, and in general you must follow a few steps to update your computer to a system that is supported, unlike Windows 7, and that offers a user experience much superior to Windows 8.1.
HOW TO UPGRADE your PC FREE from WINDOWS 7 to WINDOWS 10
What should I do before upgrading to Windows 10
The first is quite important: make a backup of your most important files. You should save all those documents, photos, and other data that you do not want to lose in case of any problem on an external drive.
For this you can use from a pendrive, a hard drive, or use a cloud storage service. The next thing is to check that you have a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8 license on your computer, and for this you will need the following:
How to upgrade to Windows 10 for free
The first thing you will need is to check if your computer is compatible and that it also has a valid license. This process is done automatically by the Microsoft media creation tool that you must download here.
Once downloaded in any folder, double click on the file MediaCreationTool1909.exe that you just got off. Accept the license terms, and in the window that appears then select the option “Update this equipment now“and click Next.
Now, after several checks to see if your device is compatible and also has a valid license, you will know if you can update or not. If you receive a notice that you must enter a license to be able to update and you do not have one, keep reading that below we give you another option.
Sooner or later you will see a new window in which you must decide what type of installation you want: keeping files, or installing only Windows and deleting everything (clean update). The tool will guide you at all times and you don’t have to choose too many things.
When the installation starts and Windows starts copying files and so on, the process can take hours Depending on your hardware, if your computer is somewhat old and has a slow hard drive, you can have a good time waiting.
System activation should be done automatically and your license will be permanently associated with your hardware. To check this you just have to go to Setting system (press Windows key + I), select Update and security and in the right menu click on Activation. You can activate your digital license or verify that it was activated on its own.
I don’t have a valid Windows license, can I upgrade to Windows 10?
In theory you can use Windows 10 for free with or without a license. For this you have a couple of options. The first is to do a clean install of Windows 10 by creating a USB boot disk. If you do not know how to create a bootable USB with Windows, you can read this step by step.
When doing a clean install of Windows 10 in this way, you will not have to enter a license, you can skip that part during the process and leave it for later. Windows 10 will not only install in any way but you can use it with almost no limitation Except to be able to change the colors and wallpaper, and you will have a minimum watermark indicating that it is not activated.
You can always buy a Windows 10 license in the future. Or, your second option is to join Microsoft’s Insider program to test preview versions of Windows 10 and access the system in a completely legal way, only that you are going to be a free beta tester for it.