Windows 7 support has ended from Microsoft. And Microsoft is now looking to get any Windows 7 hold-outs to Windows 10 as a free upgrade.
Think back when Windows 10 first was released. It was free to get Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to make the leap. Then, it was a paid upgrade or install at $139. Now, it’s free again.
Why is this being offered for free?
Microsoft support‘s diplomatic answer is that it wants to ensure all Windows computers are safe, secure, and up to date. Since the end of life for Windows 7 has expired, it will not longer have the latest updates, Windows updates, and other patches that may offset potential vulnerabilities.
The real reason in my mind?
Microsoft knows you can either upgrade or jump ship to another computer. That new computer could very well be a MacBook. In the traditional Apple vs. Microsoft battle, Microsoft would very much like to see its consumers stay on the Windows platform. This free upgrade enables this.
How can you get Windows 10 for free?
1. Go to the Download Windows 10 website.
2. Under Create Windows 10 installation media, click Download tool now and Run.
3. Choose Upgrade this PC now, assuming this is the only PC you’re upgrading. (If you’re upgrading a different machine, choose Create installation media for another PC, and save the installation files.)
4. Follow the prompts.
5. When the upgrade is complete, go to Settings Update & Security > Activation, and you should see a digital license for Windows 10.
Now, if you have viruses or Windows corruption, or slowness on your current Windows version, that will come across to your upgraded Windows 10 version. So, be sure to resolve any virus PC issues, computer hard drive problems, and anything else before making the upgrade. Or else it could cause more complications. By all means, make a file backup to ensure all your files are safe.