With its end more than a year ago, Windows 7 still allows you to upgrade to Windows 10, and best of all, for free. Although Microsoft officially allowed it until mid-2016, there is a drawback that allows the public to upgrade without paying a penny.
According to the website “Techradar“, This failure may be a deliberate action taken by the company to update the largest number of people, even if it means loss of revenue.
This initiative will have two objectives:
- Reduction in security risks, as soon as Windows 7 receives no further updates;
- Prevent people from migrating to other free operating systems like Linux.
Nevertheless, the company may have chosen not to disclose the possibility, which could generate wear and tear with those updating after the deadline and paying costs. To give you an idea, the Windows 10 Home is valued at over R $ 1,000 on the company’s website.
Bought by Nata, Microsoft sent a note in which it does not explicitly respond to this breach in the system. “We were not planning to create a free upgrade offer for Windows 7 users. A free upgrade promotional offer was available when Windows 10 was first launched, but it expired on July 29, 2016,” he says.
How to upgrade?
This entire story began in the Reddit forum, where participants suggest that people should opt for the Windows 10 type of update that keeps their files and information on the computer. If they choose another type of establishment, they can leave the opportunity for free.
However, there are reports of other members of the platform who were successful in getting the new version for free even after a new installation. But for this, they must have Windows 7 key in hand.
Before you begin, make sure you have basic system requirements on your computer:
- 1 GHz (GHz) or faster processor
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) para 32 bits 2 GB para 64 bits
- Hard disk space: 16 GB for a 32-bit operating system or 32 GB for a 64-bit operating system
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- 800 x 600 pixel screen
- Internet connection
“What do you want to do?” On the page, select “Create installation media for another computer” and choose Next. Select your Windows 10 language, version and architecture (64-bit or 32-bit). Table on microsoft site Will help you decide which version of Windows 10 is right for you.
The process will ask for your Windows 7 license key (or higher version) and you will need to enter it. Follow the suggested steps, which include making the media a thumb drive or ISO file (saved on CD and DVD). Here is more details of all the steps. After that, Windows 10 will be ready to start running.