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You can still download Windows 10 for free. Here's how

Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free by following these simple steps, now that support for Windows 7 has ended.

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Support for Windows 7 ended more than a year ago, and Microsoft wants holdouts to Windows 10 btcc比特币交易所国际_以太坊home operating system on Microsoft's website for $139 (£120, AU$225). But you don't necessarily have to shell out the cash: A free upgrade offer from Microsoft that technically ended in 2016 still works for many people. And if you've found yourself spending more time at btcc比特币交易所国际_以太坊home on your computer due to the 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 the end of April 2021, readers are still emailing me and commenting below, saying that it's worked for them as well.

Read more: number of bugs over the years, upgrading remains the best option for keeping your computer safe, analysts say. And more people seem to be making the move: Windows 10 now has more than 1 billion active users worldwide, Microsoft reported in March. 

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Here's how to get Windows 10 for free, if you're currently running a licensed and activated copy of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 btcc比特币交易所国际_以太坊home or Pro: 

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. 

Read more at TechRepublic: 20 pro tips to make Windows 10 work the way you want (free PDF)

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Microsoft is encouraging Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 now support for the former has ended. 

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It should be noted that if you have a Windows 7 or 8 btcc比特币交易所国际_以太坊home license, you can only update to Windows 10 btcc比特币交易所国际_以太坊home, while Windows 7 or 8 Pro can only be updated to Windows 10 Pro. (The upgrade is not available for Windows Enterprise. Other users may experience blocks as well, depending on your machine.) This upgrade using the media creation tool isn't meant for the general consumer, but it works for many nonetheless. 

To get the best Windows 10 experience and take advantage of features like passwordless sign-on through search for your school's software offerings here).

For more, check out the best antivirus protection of 2021 for Windows 10six security changes all Windows 10 users need to make and everything to know about the Windows 10 spring 2021 update, and three new features from the Windows 10 October 2020 update and how to use them. You can also get Microsoft Office online free, too.

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