Though Microsoft’s free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ended in 2016, not all hope is lost. A little known upgrade tool can still help you get a valid digital license and upgrade to Windows 10.
In 2016, Microsoft officially ended the Get Windows 10 program. At this time, the GWX tool was not forced onto the PCs of unsuspecting users. Many of these users were perfectly happy with their version of the windows. However, now those same people are looking to finish the upgrades as many new programs will only run on Windows 10. In addition, those picking up “new” used PCs might find older versions that they want to upgrade.
How to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free
Starting on July 30, 2016, the GWX app began disappearing. This would lead many to think that the only way to get a Windows 10 upgrade was to pay for it. However, that’s not the case. So long as you have an active Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 (Pro/Ultimate) key, you have the ability to upgrade to Windows 10. All said and done; this can save you $100 or more in upgrade charges.
Start on the Windows 10 Download Page
To begin, go to the Download Windows 10 webpage. From there you will click on the “Download tool now” button. Run it once the download has completed.
If You Only Want to Upgrade One PC
If you are only updating this computer, then the process will be much simpler. All you need to do is run the tool and choose “upgrade the PC now.” Following the steps will result in an upgraded PC.
If You Want to Upgrade More Than One PC
On the other hand, you might want to upgrade multiple PCs that never received a free upgrade. In this case, the steps are a little more complex. To begin, choose the second option and save the installation files to a USB drive or as an ISO file as a bootable drive.
After the download is complete, use the ISO file on the computer you want to upgrade. Just as before, follow the prompts to complete the upgrade. When connected to the Internet, confirm activation by going to Settings > Update & Security > Activation.
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