According to Microsoft, the free upgrade service for Windows 10 is over. But this is not entirely correct. There are many ways to upgrade to Windows 10 for free and get a legal license, or just install Windows 10 and use it for free.
There are several ways to get Windows 10 for free without using a pirated license: you can install Windows 10 with the win7 or 8 key, or install Windows without a key, it works fine except small The watermark reminds you to purchase a license.
Here’s how each method works.
Provide Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 keys
Although you can no longer use the Get Windows 10 tool to upgrade from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, you can still download Windows 10 installation media from Microsoft and then provide Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 keys on Windows 7, 8 or 8.1. Install it. We tested this method again on January 5, 2018, and it is still valid.
Windows will connect to Microsoft’s activation server and confirm that the previous version of Windows’ key is true. If so, Windows 10 will be installed and activated on the PC. Your computer will receive a “Digital License” and you can continue to use and reinstall Windows 10 on it. If you go to Settings > Updates & Security > Activation after installing Windows in this way, you will see “Windows uses digital license activation.”
Microsoft did not communicate what happened here, or whether it would stop this approach in the future. But it is still valid now. Even if Microsoft blocks this trick in the future, your computer will retain its digital license and Windows 10 will remain active.
If you have upgraded, please reinstall Windows 10
If you have used any of the free upgrade offers (whether it’s the original free upgrade offer for the first year, accessibility offers, or by installing Windows 10 and providing a key for an eligible previous version of Windows), you can use the same hardware Continue on “Get Windows 10 Free”.
To do this, simply download the Windows 10 installation media and install it on that computer. Do not provide any keys during the installation process. It should be activated automatically when connected to a Microsoft server.
Of course, if you have upgraded to Windows 10, you can only do this, but you can continue to install Windows 10 for free on the same computer in the future, even if you have replaced its hard drive or other components. The new activation wizard in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update can even help you resolve hardware changes and re-associate digital licenses with the right PC.
Skip the key and ignore the activation warning
This is the real secret: you don’t need to provide a product key to install Windows 10. You can download the Windows 10 installation media from Microsoft and install it on your PC, Mac Boot Camp or virtual machine without providing a product key. Windows will continue to work and can be operated almost as needed.
Windows 10 will continue to remind you to activate it and will not allow you to change any of the options under Settings > Personalization, but other methods will work. This is not something you have to do on the main computer, but it is a very convenient way to set up a fast virtual machine, test Windows 10 on a PC or install Windows 10 in Boot Camp. You can even upgrade to a legitimate active version of Windows 10 after an installation that has never been activated for Windows 10 systems.
There is no technical permission in Microsoft’s guidelines, but they specifically designed Windows to work this way. If Microsoft doesn’t want people to do this, then you can freely replace Windows in the future to prevent this from happening, and it may be. But Windows has been working this way for years. This can even be used in Windows 7.
You can also go to the Microsoft website and download the 90-day evaluation version of Windows 10 Enterprise. It will continue to work for 90 days – about three months. It is designed for organizations to evaluate Windows 10 Enterprise.
This evaluation version comes with additional features built into Windows 10 Enterprise, so it’s also a convenient way to test the functionality of these businesses. However, if you have a key, you can upgrade any version of Windows 10 to the Enterprise Edition.
Unfortunately, other free offers – such as Microsoft’s accessibility offers – are now over. But these methods should be good for you.
Of course, you can also purchase a new computer that comes with Windows 10. It is not free because the manufacturer must pay for a Windows license. However, if you want to upgrade from Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, it makes more sense to buy a new computer that comes with Windows 10 for a few hundred dollars than to spend $120 on a Windows 10 Home license to upgrade an old computer. PC manufacturers get a lot of discounts and pay less than what Windows users pay for these licenses.
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