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Microsoft still giving away Windows 10 for free?

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#1 JohnC_21


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Posted 01 August 2017 - 08:10 AM

The Windows 10 free download offer ended last July, but PC owners can still upgrade by following a few simple steps.

Users who have a properly licensed and activated version of Windows 7 and 8.1  can upgrade by go to the Download Windows 10 webpage and click the ‘Download tool now’ button.

After that has downloaded, people need to run the Media Creation Tool.

You can then choose ‘Upgrade this PC now’ if you have downloaded the Media Creation Tool onto the PC you want to upgrade and if you’re only upgrading one machine.


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Posted 01 August 2017 - 08:26 AM

I wouldn't trust that article as far as I can throw the machine I'm reading it on.


It first tries to imply, for paragraphs and including the headline, that "Windows 10 is SHARING your files with the internet," to use its breathless prose.  I don't know of many people who consider Windows 10 update files "theirs" in any meaningful sense of the word.  Then they eventually give you the dirt simple steps to limit delivery optimization for Windows 10 updates to be strictly on your own LAN or not at all.


If the method they outline works for getting Win10 at this late date then there's a loophole in the process that MS never intended (but I wouldn't blame anyone for trying).  Scads of people are also trumpeting the offer, which is still active, for free Windows 10 upgrade for users of assistive technology, as a back door way to get it for free, which I find loathsome.  There were some pretty huge issues with Windows 10 and various assistive technologies in the early days of Windows 10 so Microsoft did the decent (and business-wise) thing and gave those who couldn't update then a mechanism to update once the kinks were worked out.  I'd prefer not to see that door closed, and it might be if the offer is abused.

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 08:30 AM

FWIW, I've installed Windows 10 on a couple of Dell Latitude E6510, E6520 and E6530 that we removed from our park and gave to employees, I used the Windows 7 licence that come with them and the activation worked :P

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Posted 01 August 2017 - 01:55 PM

Information from author: Andre Da Costa, Bio in link below




His article from: June 7,2017:




Microsoft Community help post response: Updated July 15, 2017






As I do not need a free version, I did not take the steps to contact MS Support that is referenced, link:



As this is feedback, I cannot attest if the free MS program from information above is still supported.

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Posted 02 August 2017 - 12:42 AM

It is still easy and possible  to upgrade from Win 7/8 to 10 using the media creation tool and other methods.


Microsoft is quite happy that people are doing this. If they weren't, they would shut off the possibility of doing it.


I guess it's sort of a social manipulation thing... if people think they are getting something they shouldn't (legally) then they will do it.


Microsoft wants everyone on Win 10 and this is their 'social engineering' way of doing it.

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 11:49 AM

I can't verify if what I say below is still true, being an individual who despises windows 10 I haven't tested it myself, but I did see and hear a lot of people reporting it many months after the free "upgrade" period ended.

It seems there exists a deliberate loophole left open by MS, they are afterall desperate to gather users onto 10, where ms have a webpage (don't remember where) that allows anyone to upgrade if they tick a box somewhere stating that they are in some way disabled. I think ms created the page saying it was for anyone who was using some sort of accessibility software which was only 7/8/8.1 compatible at the time that the free period ended but wanted to upgrade when the software they needede was released in a 10 compatible version, but I woulld suspect that what ms really wanted was to still be able to gain users on 10 while still being able to create the sort of "hurry up and do it now" responses that a deadline would cause in the majority of the population. This was reported on how to geek a while ago, so you'd need to search through their site for more info.

Ms is also, for those of us who blocked it every time back in the free upgrade period atleast, distributing the kb2976978 update, though the real nasty (KB3035583, GWX) is something I haven't been offered for atleast 9 months now.

Edited by rp88, 05 August 2017 - 11:50 AM.

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