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Anda sedang menonton: Windows 7 update to windows 10

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Jan 15, 2020, 6:40 am EDT| 2 min read
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Windows 7 is dead, but you don’t have to pay to upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft has quietly kelanjutan the free upgrade offer for the terakhir few years. You can still upgrade any PC with a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8 license to Windows 10.


How the Free Upgrade Works

Assuming you’re using a Windows PC with a genuine and activated Windows 7 (or Windows 8) key, you can upgrade to Windows 10 in just a few clicks. Your PC will get a genuine, activated Windows 10 key—hanya like it worked duringi Windows 10’s first year when the free upgrade offer was officially being advertised.

You can also upgrade a PC by doing a fresh install of Windows 10, even if it doesn’t have any operating system installed. You just have to provide ide a valid Windows 7 (or Windows 8) key.

There’s no guarantee this will work forever, but it still worked on januari 14, 2020. Microsoft may one day pull the plug and cut off new upgrades. But, for now, you can still upgrade. And, after you do upgrade, your PC gets a valid Windows 10 key that will keep working—even if Microsoft stops allowingai new upgradtape in the future.

Update: Note that we can’t speak to the business licensingai side ide of things here. If you have Windows 7 PCs in your business, Microsoft may not consider you compliant with the kapak of its licensingi agreemenpen after usingi this method to upgrade your business PCs. We wouldn’t worry about it for home PCs, but organizations should likely contact their Microsoft licensingi partner for more details.

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kembali Up before Upgrading

sebelum you get started, we recommend you bagian belakang up your files. The upgrade process shouldn’t erase your files unless you choose to erase them, but it’s alcara a good idea to have a current backup—especially when you’re performaaf a kepala operatinew york system upgrade.


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We tambahan encourage you to find your Windows 7 (or Windows 8) key, hanya in case you need it. This key may be printed on a sticker on your PC’s case or on your laptop. If you instalmemerintah Windows 7 or Windows 8 yourself, you’ll want to find the license key you purchased.

If your PC doesn’t have a sticker, you can alcara use a tool linanti NirSoft’s ProduKey to find the license key currently in use on your PC.

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How to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free

To get your free upgrade, head to Microsoft’s Download Windows 10 website. Click the “Download alat now” butselang and download the .exe file. Run it, click through the tool, and select “Upgrade this PC now” when prompted.

Yes, it’s that simple. We’re not doing anythingai sneaky here—Microsoft is choosingai to let people upgrade via the tool.

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If you prefer a clean install, you can select “create installation media” and then provideas a valid Windows 7 or 8 key while installingai Windows 10.

After the Upgrade

Durinew york the upgrade process, you can choose whether you want to keep all the files on your system or mulailah fresh.


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Once it’s installed, you can head to the Settings > Update & Security > Activation screen. You’ll see that your system is “activated with a digital license.”

If you gejala in to Windows 10 with a Microsoft account, that license will be linked to your Microsoft account, making it even easier to reactivate Windows 10 on your PC if you ever need to install it.

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And yes, you should be able to permembentuk a clean install of Windows 10 in the future. Windows 10 activation will kemudian “phone home,” notice that your hardware configuration has a valid license on file, and automatically activate itself.

If you have a Windows 7 system, it really is a good idea to upgrade. If you don’t want to use Windows 10, consider installingai Linux, gettinew york a Chromebook, or switchingai to Mac. You don’t have to use Windows 10, but we think you should move on from Windows 7.

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We’ve been testinew york this out for years, and other sitpita pengukur liusai PCWorld, ZDNet, The Verge, and Bleepinew york Computer have recently verified this method as well.


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chris Hoffmankeris Hoffman is Editor-in-Chief of How-To Geek. He"s written about technology for over a decade and was a PCworld columnist for two years. Keris has tertulis for The New York Times, been interviewed as a technology expert on TV statiomenjadi lisetelah Miami"s NBC 6, and had his work covered by berita outlets like the BBC. Since 2011, keris has tertulis over 2,000 articles that have been read nearly one billion times---and that"s hanya di sini at How-To Geek. Read jenuh Bio »