The end of extended support for Windows 7 is less than two months away. After January 14, 2020, Windows 7 will not receive any more free or generally available technical support, software updates, and security updates and fixes. Although Microsoft tells users that “the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended“, there really is nothing to prevent upgrading your Windows 7 PC. Most computers capable of running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, can run Windows 10 without issues.
Officially, the free upgrade offer lasted one year after the initial Windows 10 release, ending July, 2016. Microsoft has not once commented why that offer is still valid, why users are still, over 3 years after the offer officially ended, able to upgrade for free. Personally, I believe that the free upgrade will come to an end only when the extended support for Windows 8.1 ends in January, 2023. At that point, Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows operating system for consumers. I also believe that at about the same time, digits will be dropped, and the OS will be called just Windows.
Whatever the reasons behind this extremely prolonged free upgrade offer, the most important fact is that it still works. The title image captured today, shows me upgrading my activated Windows 7 to Windows 10. This upgrade went without an issue, resulting an activated, digitally licensed Windows 10:
To upgrade your Windows 7 PC now, go to the Windows 10 download page, and select Update now (#1). Alternatively, you can download the Windows Media Creation Tool to create a Windows 10 ISO or USB installer by selecting Download tool now (#2):
Shawn Brink has created an excellent tutorial at Ten Forums for those requiring assistance with the upgrade process: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/139745-upgrade-windows-10-windows-7-free.html
Whatever you think about Windows 10, no matter what superstitious tinfoil hat rumours you have heard, give it a chance. Windows 10 is the best Windows version ever, totally customizable to cater your needs. It’s time to let Windows 7 die.
Author: Kari Finn
A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.