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Free Windows 10 update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users still possible

Posted 06 January 2017 18:58 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

It’s still possible to upgrade Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers to Windows 10 without paying for a license. The offer to upgrade for free officially expired on the 29th of July last year, but Microsoft still offers the possibility of a free Windows 10 upgrade.

While Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 can’t be updated to Windows 10 with Windows Update without paying for a license anymore, upgrading to Windows 10 without handing over money to Microsoft is still possible with the Media Creation Tool. This is a free application Microsoft offers to create a Windows 10 installation medium such as an USB stick or DVD.

Microsoft watcher Ed Bott found out that the tool is still offered for download on the Microsoft website and confirmed on several computers that it still can be used to upgrade Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs to Windows 10 for free.

It’s not strange Microsoft still has the tool available, because besides the upgrade from older Windows versions, it can also be used to reinstall Windows 10 on a PC on which the OS was already successfully activated. However, a nice side-effect for users that were too late with upgrading to Windows 10 is that they can use the tool to upgrade to the OS for free instead of paying the $119 license fee for Windows 10 Home or $199 for Windows 10 Pro.

The Media Creation Tool automatically links the current Windows license to the computer, based on the hardware components. After the installation the operating system will activate based on that license. It would  likely be fairly easy for Microsoft to block Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 licenses but so far the company hasn’t and users can still upgrade to Windows 10 without paying for a license.

Previously it was also possible to upgrade for free by downloading Windows 10 from a page where Microsoft offered it to users requiring ‘assistive technology’. Microsoft recently announced the page will be removed and users requiring assistive technology will need to contact Microsoft. Nevertheless, the page is still available.



CDan
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 06 Jan 17 19:43
I'm still waiting for Microsoft to offer me money to use Win10.
5 Agree

AaronZ26593
New Member
Posted on: 07 Jan 17 00:06
Any data being sent to Microsoft isn't "Constitutionally" protected because anything in the cloud is fair game no warrant required.
1 Agree

AaronZ26593
New Member
Posted on: 07 Jan 17 00:10
I should have mentioned in my previous post if privacy is a non-issue for you then obviously take advantage of this while it lasts.
1 Agree

roadworker
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 07 Jan 17 01:02
Quote:
Originally Posted by AaronZ26593
I should have mentioned in my previous post if privacy is a non-issue for you then obviously take advantage of this while it lasts.
@ AaronZ26593.....Even if your privacy is an issue,you can still take advantage of this offer....
O&O Shutup can take care of that....
1 Agree

coolcolors
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 07 Jan 17 02:48
Unfortunately the media creation tool doesn't work to create a USB bootable. So has anyone got this to work? It's already clean formatted to Fat32 and I tired a NTFS formatted version neither work. I did find a link that works to allow you to create USB bootable version to install for laptops without OD.

http://www.com-magazin.de/downloads/...ol-979739.html

I tried it and it created a USB drive. So the one from Microsoft only creates DVD media not a actual USB drive. As long as they keep it open I will try again after making both the Windows Disc and USB drive will do a clean install. My latest try on Windows 10 upgrade over Win7 was a good up til I tried to use IE11 and FF of which both Browsers froze and didn't do anything and Corta also froze for any search. That should've been my first indication something was wrong.
1 Agree

Zzyzxroad
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 07 Jan 17 13:05
I used RUFUS to create the usb bootable from the downloaded files. Is this what you are looking for?

https://rufus.akeo.ie/
0 Agree

coolcolors
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 07 Jan 17 15:47
The link I got works fine and it created a Bootable Windows 10 Pro USB that can be used to format on laptop w/o OD. That's something one needs now both DVD and USB media options.
0 Agree

Seán
Senior Administrator & Reviewer
Posted on: 13 Jan 17 19:45
My brother gave this a updater a try with a computer that never had Windows 10 and also confirms it works fine.

He had a desktop running Windows 10, but in order to upgrade the RAM he had to update the BIOS. During the firmware upgrade, Windows gave a BSOD, bricking the motherboard and apparently a common issue with his MSI motherboard, which can only be fixed with a replacement chip and SMD soldering.

So he dusted off a desktop that still had Windows 7 and gave the update tool a try instead of trying to apply years of Windows updates. About an hour and a half later, he was running Windows 10 and also checked that it was activated.
1 Agree

coolcolors
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 14 Jan 17 02:02
Quote:
Originally Posted by CDan
I'm still waiting for Microsoft to offer me money to use Win10.
I did my past upgrade switch so I can install and not have to worry about buying Windows 10 Pro. So I don't have to pay since I got my upgrade during the free time and all I do is activate and it's a go.
0 Agree

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