Windows 10 will be five years old in mid-2020, and although it was assumed that the offer to upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 completely free would officially end in 2017 , multiple users continue to confirm that it is still possible, provided you follow a certain process .
The most important thing of all is that you have a valid Windows 7 or 8 license on your computer , and that you update directly using Microsoft’s media creation tool while retaining all your files.
How to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8
Directly from the Windows 7 or 8 computer you wish to update, download the official tool from the Microsoft website. Run the downloaded file, accept the terms, select the option ” Update this device now ” and click on next.
Now the tool will guide you through the process and tell you if your computer is compatible. It is extremely important that you select the option to keep files, settings and applications before continuing with the installation.
Once the installation process is finished, it will take more or less depending on your hardware, you just have to enter Windows 10, connect to the Internet and access the System Settings (Windows key + I).
Once there, select Update and security and in the menu on the right click on Activation to activate your digital license. If it has not been activated automatically, enter your Windows 7 or 8 license manually.
Once this is done, your license will be permanently associated with your hardware , so now you can do a clean installation of Windows 10 by erasing the entire disk and starting from scratch.
If you still use Windows 7, take advantage before the end of the year
In January 2020 Windows 7 is finally without support , this means that if you still use that version of the operating system, it is fair and necessary that you upgrade to Windows 10 or you will be exposed to security problems with a vulnerable system and that It will surely become the new XP .
Although the free update offer officially ended, Microsoft still allows us to convert our Windows 7 or 8 licenses into Windows 10 digital licenses , at least for now and with this method.
There are few excuses to stay in Windows 7 if what bothers you is having to pay for a new version of the system.