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Question Upgrade to windows 10 still free?

Aditya657

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Hi!
My friend has a genuine copy of Windows 7. He was thinking of upgrading to 10 but I know the free upgrade program has ended but at the same time I saw that it's still working? Has anyone tried to do it recently?
Thanks.
 
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Yes, the Free upgrade still works.
My wife was running a genuine copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and upgraded to Windows 10 Home - using the Microsoft windows media creation tool - on 7th June 2020. All installed fine. We were guided to leave entering any licence key on installation, in preference to Microsoft 'noting' the upgrade and activating on their servers.
As of today, it is still stating activation needed following boot up. With the Win 7 licence key, we decided to try and activate Win 10. After a bit of thinking, it returned a message:
Unable to activate windows
We can't activate windows on this device because you don't have a valid digital licence or product key. If you think you do have a valid licence or key, select troubleshoot below (0x803f7001)


I was always told that the Win 7 licence would be good and effectively 'transfered' over to the Win 10 installation, free of any charge. Grateful for guidance on what I should so next, please. Thank you.
 
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Just to add to the above, just after the upgrade, I posted a few queries on this and USAFRet (Titan) said:

That was an Upgrade. Win 7 going into a space called Windows.old is normal.

It should activate itself. But you can apply your existing license key, and that will also work.
 

USAFRet

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My wife was running a genuine copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and upgraded to Windows 10 Home - using the Microsoft windows media creation tool - on 7th June 2020. All installed fine. We were guided to leave entering any licence key on installation, in preference to Microsoft 'noting' the upgrade and activating on their servers.
As of today, it is still stating activation needed following boot up. With the Win 7 licence key, we decided to try and activate Win 10. After a bit of thinking, it returned a message:
Unable to activate windows
We can't activate windows on this device because you don't have a valid digital licence or product key. If you think you do have a valid licence or key, select troubleshoot below (0x803f7001)


I was always told that the Win 7 licence would be good and effectively 'transfered' over to the Win 10 installation, free of any charge. Grateful for guidance on what I should so next, please. Thank you.
Yes, that's the way it is supposed to work.
Sometimes it does take a day or two to catch up.
 
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Do you mean a month or two??! It's almost three weeks since we did the upgrade. Shall I continue to wait for Microsoft to do it at their end or try the troubleshoot option? Is there any problem in running the laptop without windows being activated? Will we still get upgrades? Thanks.
 

USAFRet

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Unactivated, it still gets ALL of the updates from MS.
I have a test install to verify this. 3 1/2 years since the install, never Activated, still gets all the updates.

Did you do an inplace Upgrade from 7 to 10, or a clean install of 10?
 
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Yes, I can confirm that I entered the windows 7 licence. I ran a Belarc report just prior to the upgrade and the licence key shows in the Software licences section, and that's what I have used to try and activate..
 
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Hi again, had a telecon with a microsoft technical guy just now to explain the situation. Contrary to all that I am reading on this thread and subject, he was adamant the free win 7 to 10 upgrade stopped a few years ago!!! Eh?
 

USAFRet

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Hi again, had a telecon with a microsoft technical guy just now to explain the situation. Contrary to all that I am reading on this thread and subject, he was adamant the free win 7 to 10 upgrade stopped a few years ago!!! Eh?
Yes, the official free upgrade window did indeed close long ago. July 2016, 1 year after the actual release in July 2016.
However, it has been reported that it still works.
I personally did it last year (2019) (A clean Win 10 install on a brand new PC, activated with a Win 8.1 Pro license), and many others here and elsewhere have reported the same.


"When Windows 10 was first released in July 2015, Microsoft offered an unprecedented free upgrade offer for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users, good through July 2016. But in 2017, Ed Bott of CNET sister site ZDNet reported that the free upgrade tool was still functional. I tried it out in November 2019, and was able to upgrade a 2014 Dell OptiPlex 9020 desktop from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 Pro. As of June 2020, readers are still emailing me and commenting below, saying that it's worked for them as well."
 

logainofhades

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Hi!
My friend has a genuine copy of Windows 7. He was thinking of upgrading to 10 but I know the free upgrade program has ended but at the same time I saw that it's still working? Has anyone tried to do it recently?
Thanks.
If you do a fresh install of windows 10, and enter in your win 7 product key, when it prompts you for one, it will work, and upgrade your key to win 10. I have done it, multiple times now.
 
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If you do a fresh install of windows 10, and enter in your win 7 product key, when it prompts you for one, it will work, and upgrade your key to win 10. I have done it, multiple times now.
This seams to contradict what your colleague has just written!

As has been confirmed earlier on the thread, I carried out an inplace upgrade from 7 to 10. Would there be any value in my reverting back to win 7 and doing a fresh install of win 10? How would I do a 'fresh' install? Via the MS windows create tool?
 

USAFRet

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This seams to contradict what your colleague has just written!

As has been confirmed earlier on the thread, I carried out an inplace upgrade from 7 to 10. Would there be any value in my reverting back to win 7 and doing a fresh install of win 10? How would I do a 'fresh' install? Via the MS windows create tool?
The inplace Upgrade should/might have worked.
Since it did not....a clean install and then application of the Win 7 license key. This ALSO should/might work.
However...we out here can't guarantee anything. Only report what we've personally seen and read.

 

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