How to upgrade your Windows 7/8 / 8.1 PC to Windows 10 for free

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Missing only one year at the end of the official support of Windows 7  and that of Windows 8 / 8.1 is expected in three years. If you stayed on one of these previous versions, know that you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free in the following two ways.

Method 1 – Windows 10 update assistant
The first method is to use Windows 10 Update Assistant :

  1. Download and start the Windows 10 Update Assistant from this address .
  2. When prompted for User Account Control, click Yes .
  3. You will see the new Microsoft Software License Terms – read the above carefully and click the Accept button .
  4. A compatibility check will be performed – at the end, click on the Next button .
  5. The preparation of the update will start and consists of the following phases:
  6. Download the update.
  7. Check the download.
  8. Windows 10 update.
  9. The search for updates will be carried out – wait!
  10. The installation of Windows 10 will start – wait!
  11. You will see the message The update is ready . You need to restart your PC to complete the update – click on the Restart Now button .
  12. You will see the message You are about to be disconnected – wait or click on the Close button .
  13. Upgrade Operations will be performed – during this phase the PC / tablet will restart several times.
  14. You will see the following new options:
  15. Welcome message in Windows 10 – Click on the Next button .
  16. Page to set the privacy settings for the device  – Click on the Accept button .
  17. Page Discover Cortana  – Read carefully what you have reported and click on the Use Cortana button .
  18. New apps page for the new Windows  – Please read the above carefully and click on the Next button .
  19. Access the account, the last operations will be performed – wait.
  20. You will see the message Thank you for updating to the latest version of Windows 10 – click on the Exit button .
  21. NOTE | The procedure was tested using Windows 8 . 1 Pro and a product key code generated by My Visual Studio Download (ex MSDN) on 19 January 2011 and never used before.
  22. Name – Windows 8.1 with Update (multiple editions) (x64) – DVD (Italian) 
  23. File name – it_windows_8.1_with_update_x64_dvd_6051489.iso 
  24. Languages – Italian 
  25. SHA1 – A5292ABF4784F162399EA4F7402C4674B1182DEA
  26. Some screenshots of the free Windows 10 update process follow.

Method 2 – Update via .ISO file


The second method to upgrade for free and legally to Windows 10 October 2018 Update starting from Windows 7/8/8 . 1 is to use .ISO files:

  1. Download the .ISO files of Windows 10 October 2018 Update from MSDN , from Media Creation Tool or directly from our Forum .
  2. Mount the .ISO file:
  3. In Windows 7 extract everything using 7-Zip or WinRAR.
  4. In Windows 8.x double click on the file.
  5. Start the setup file . exe .
  6. When prompted for User Account Control, click Yes .
  7. The files required for installation will be prepared – wait.
  8. You will see the message Download important updates – click on the Download and install updates (recommended option) button and click on the Next button.
  9. The installer will perform some device control operations – wait.
  10. You will be able to view the applicable Communications and license conditions – read carefully the information and click on the Accept button .
  11. The installation process will get the updates – wait.
  12. The installation process will check if the system is ready for installation – wait.
  13. The installation process will check if the available space on the PC is sufficient – wait.
  14. Finally you will see the message Ready for installation – click on the Install button .
  15. The installation of Windows 10 will start – during the process the PC / tablet will be restarted.
  16. Upgrade Operations will be performed – during this phase the PC / tablet will restart several times.
  17. You will see the following new options:
  18. Welcome message in Windows 10 – Click on the Next button .
  19. Page to set the privacy settings for the device  – Click on the Accept button .
  20. Page Discover Cortana  – Read carefully what you have reported and click on the Use Cortana button .
  21. New apps page for the new Windows  – Please read the above carefully and click on the Next button .
  22. Access the account, the last operations will be performed – wait.
  23. NOTE | The procedure was tested using Windows 7 Home Premium and a product key generated by My Visual Studio Download (ex MSDN) on 19 January 2019 and never used before.
  24. Name – Windows 7 Home Premium N with Service Pack 1 (x64) – DVD (Italian) 
  25. File name – it_windows_7_home_premium_n_with_sp1_x64_dvd_u_676826.iso 
  26. Languages – Italian 
  27. SHA1 – 86050E0BAF6BF8DC2ACEBB923E7C83A566CFC73F
  28. Here are some screenshots of the guide to free upgrade to Windows 10.

Have you already upgraded to Windows 10? Which method did you use? If not, what are you waiting for? Hurry up and take advantage of these new update procedures.

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