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#4490237 - 09/22/19 11:11 AM Upgrade from W7 to W10 For Free  
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Download Windows 10 for Free and Upgrade Windows 7 Ahead of End of Support Deadline [How To]

the free Windows 10 upgrade offer is still valid...The offer was “officially” valid for one year, ending on July 29, 2016.

Microsoft kept allowing users to download the latest Windows version for free.

How to upgrade Windows 7 and download Windows 10 for free (the official, valid way)


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I have not verified this recently for a Windows 7 switch. However, I do use the method for new W10 installs (I purchase a key separately). Purchased keys can be very cheap. So, one can "hang on to" W7 for no great penalty until the day W10 finally becomes necessary.


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#4500249 - 12/13/19 09:32 PM Re: Upgrade from W7 to W10 For Free [Re: Allen]  
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Just confirming that this works absolutely fine and thank you for this article link. Although almost every system in my house uses Windows10 (which is excellent btw) - except for an old WinXP laptop (that I am going to keep running XP) - my son's computer needed to be upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. The main reason was the ending of steam support for Win7 coming now very soon. I read the article (linked) and did as it instructed and upgraded his fully legitmate Windows 7 to Windows 10. I did this about 5 weeks ago - no issues. I was originally worried because I didn't have immediate access to it's (Win7) serial, but the upgrade program was able to verify that everything was fine and dandy. Worked like a charm. Thank you!


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#4501898 - 12/30/19 12:10 AM Re: Upgrade from W7 to W10 For Free [Re: Allen]  
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Last Weekend of 2019 – Use It to Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for Free (2 Weeks Left Until Expiry Date Hits and Notifications Start Popping Up)

Instructions How To Do It


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#4501900 - 12/30/19 01:01 AM Re: Upgrade from W7 to W10 For Free [Re: Allen]  
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I've done 2 machines in the last couple of weeks. My own 2nd PC and a friends PC.

I didn't bother with upgrading the current install of Win 7 I just wiped the drives and installed Win 10 from scratch using the Win 7 keys during the instal. Worked just fine on both systems.

The only thing to watch for is during the instal Win 10 will want you to make a Microsoft Account. If you don't want to do that make sure the PC is NOT connected to the internet during the install, you can then install with just the key.
You can connect after the install has completed and carry on with any updates that are needed.


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#4502508 - 01/03/20 09:59 AM Re: Upgrade from W7 to W10 For Free [Re: Mark Aisthorpe]  
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Originally Posted by Mark Aisthorpe
I've done 2 machines in the last couple of weeks. My own 2nd PC and a friends PC.

I didn't bother with upgrading the current install of Win 7 I just wiped the drives and installed Win 10 from scratch using the Win 7 keys during the instal. Worked just fine on both systems.

The only thing to watch for is during the instal Win 10 will want you to make a Microsoft Account. If you don't want to do that make sure the PC is NOT connected to the internet during the install, you can then install with just the key.
You can connect after the install has completed and carry on with any updates that are needed.

After my motherboard gave up the ghost on 22/12/19 and that I could not get my Win 10 to repair into booting with the new hardware I went the route of a fresh install and used the method above of just using the Win 7 Ultimate key that I have, to hang with paying £212 for Win 10 Pro

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So far it has run quite well and runs cooler than the i7 965 I had before with the same cooler, running Star Citizen last night CPU reached 35.9c and the AIO fans spun up to about 1000rpm all cores were running at 4.9GHz but still only achieved 26.9 fps in the game


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#4502510 - 01/03/20 10:31 AM Re: Upgrade from W7 to W10 For Free [Re: Allen]  
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I think your video card is the problem there Alicatt. I have a GTX970 and to get decent frames and avoid stuttering I have to run in low detail. Even then 60 fps is just a dream but the game still looks great.


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#4502512 - 01/03/20 11:07 AM Re: Upgrade from W7 to W10 For Free [Re: Allen]  
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Yah think? biggrin
yeah it is the bottleneck in the system but it will have to wait


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#4502537 - 01/03/20 02:21 PM Re: Upgrade from W7 to W10 For Free [Re: Chucky]  
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Originally Posted by Chucky
I think your video card is the problem there Alicatt. I have a GTX970 and to get decent frames and avoid stuttering I have to run in low detail. Even then 60 fps is just a dream but the game still looks great.


Hey Chucky, I've got a GTX1070 that needs a new home if your interested.


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#4503291 - 01/10/20 11:44 AM Re: Upgrade from W7 to W10 For Free [Re: Allen]  
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Reminder: Windows 7 Support Ends Tuesday, Jan. 14


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#4503538 - 01/13/20 12:24 AM Re: Upgrade from W7 to W10 For Free [Re: Allen]  
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Updated my brother's rig from Windows 7 to 10, so far so good, merged his license key, and didnt have to re-install anything game's wise, all his steam and other games were in tact. got a big performance boost due to new AMD Drivers and DX12 etc


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