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How To Update To Windows 10 For Free



As many Windows 7 users will know, Microsoft will be discontinuing support in January, leaving them with a choice of using an increasingly vulnerable PC/laptop or paying through the nose for Windows 10. What is not widely known however, is that it is still possible to get Windows 10 for free, if you're willing to do a bit of extra work. 

Getting Started

Before installing Windows 10 there is a little preparation involved. You will need:

  • To know the Windows 7 product key
  • To know if your PC is 32 bit or 64 bit
  • To know the version of Windows presently running on your PC, (ie Windows 7 Home, or Windows 7 Professional, etc)
  • A USB flash drive with at least 8Gb of storage
  • To back up your PC (not essential but recommended)

 1/ Firstly, you need to know your present copy of Windows' product key as you'll be asked to enter it during the installation process. It will of course need to be a genuine key.


If you don't know the product key there is software available that will find it for you. One such app is called ProduKey



Visit the web site and scroll down the page until you find the above options, then select the one that suits your system.


2/ This is where the second preparation step comes in, as you'll need to know if your PC/laptop is 32bit or 64bit. 


If you don't know this, the place to find out is under the Control Panel, and the System tab. The above shows the path where System information can be found. Bear in mind this is from a PC running Windows 10, so may look a little different on a Windows 7 PC.


3/ Armed with this knowledge, select the appropriate option from the list shown above to download the app. When updating a 64 bit Windows 7 laptop I selected the zipped version, which worked well.


After I downloaded and opened this app a warning from the PC's antivirus software popped up. This was a false positive, but if you're in any doubt, use another app.


4/ Once its downloaded unzip the folder and hit the exe file. The app will start and immediately show your product key. Write it down as you'll need it.


 5/ The next step is to find out what version of Windows the PC is currently running, ie Windows 7 Home, or Professional etc. This will also be displayed under the System tab.


6/ Now you will need to have either a USB flash drive with at least 8GB of storage, or DVR discs. This is to download Windows 10 to. (We'll now assume that the easiest option of a USB flash drive is 



7/ The final step is to back up your PC, just in case. 


We're now ready to get a copy of Windows 10

Downloading A Free Copy of Windows 10 


Microsoft still have an active page where Windows 10 can be downloaded for free, so follow the link then scroll down until you see the above. Connect the USB flash drive to your PC.

There are three help sections under the download link, the first two are the most useful. If you're going to install Windows 10 on the PC you're downloading to, then the first set of instructions should be followed. 
If you intend to install Windows 10 on a different PC, then the second set of instructions should be read.
This second set includes a list of older Windows versions which can also be upgraded to Windows 10, although there is one thing that should be kept in mind. If for example you're presently using Windows 7 Home, then you'll only be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Home, and so on throughout the different versions of Windows.

Now you can download Windows 10 to the USB flash drive.

Installing Windows 10

The instructions on the Microsoft page explain clearly how to use the USB flash drive to install Windows 10. During the installation process you'll be asked to input the product key, so have it handy.
There is however one point the page doesn't make clear. There are in fact two ways to install the new Windows 10. The first is to boot your PC from the USB flash drive. This will install Windows 10, but you'll lose all personal files and folders stored on the PC.
The alternative method is to start the PC normally, connect the USB flash drive, and double click setup.exe from the drive. When the installation begins there will be an option to upgrade to Windows 10 rather than installing from scratch. This means all the files and folders will still be there after the installation is complete.
Follow the instructions carefully and the installation will be very straightforward, and you won't have to worry about your old Windows 7 PC no longer being supported.
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