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Windows 7: Free Win 10 Still Possible?

31 May 2017   #1
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 
Free Win 10 Still Possible?

I think I saw recently here on this forum that the free Windows 10 upgrade was still being allowed by MS.

I searched and can't find the post, but the post was by a long time member. Is it actually true? I would assume at this point that it would require a fresh install and application of the Win 7 key if it is still allowed.

Can anyone shed any light on this, please?


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31 May 2017   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, as far as we know it`s still possible.
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01 Jun 2017   #3
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Quote:
the free upgrade offer has been extended, indefinitely, at least for people who use assistive technologies
That's near the bottom of the article that Ed Bott wrote on ZDNET May 26, 2017 Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade

And I found this on a July 30th 2016 Lifehacker page:
Quote:
Update: Microsoft delivered a statement to ZDNet stating that this tool is not designed to be a workaround for users who donít use assistive technology and missed the deadline. However, thereís no indication on exactly how or if Microsoft verifies that an upgrader uses assistive tools.

Source: http://You Can Still Get Windows 10 For Free If You Use Assistive Technologies | lifehacker.com
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01 Jun 2017   #4
tetraps

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

As far as MS is concerned, anybody switching from an older Windows to 10 through a workaround is still a net positive for them.
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01 Jun 2017   #5
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Thanks Anak. That is exactly what I was wanting to know.
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01 Jun 2017   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Curious why you would want to downgrade to win10.
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01 Jun 2017   #7
FerchogtX

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
 
 

I heard the free upgrade only works with valid Keys, and only if you upgrade to ver 1607, and then later to CU if you want to.
Seems that upgrading an older Windows directly into CU makes the upgrade process fail at the activation part... I can be totally wrong as I only heard that...

I made a test in a virtual machine, and you can still activate a Windows 10 copy from a Windows 7 copy, fully activated...
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01 Jun 2017   #8
FerchogtX

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Curious why you would want to downgrade to win10.
You haven't tried ver 1607 or 1703 yet, I assume. Those two work like a charm, have so neat features (I'm in love with Cortana and her jokes, I'm asking MS her hand) and work really smooth... of course, if your hardware is newer than 2012 at least, if not, the drivers are kinda bad.

My newest laptop came with Windows 10, works nicely
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01 Jun 2017   #9
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Curious why you would want to downgrade to win10.
It's not really something that I'm crazy about doing, to be really honest.

The problem is that Windows 7 does not handle USB device enumeration very well, and at work we have to plug in numerous (dozens) of different USB devices into the PC each day. Windows 7 goes through the agonizing procedure of attempting to get drivers from Windows Update each time, rather than loading the drivers from the machine. It sees each new USB device as an actual new hardware device, rather than just another device that it has already loaded drivers for. I have tried everything I can to get Windows 7 to simply load the drivers from the PC when the new device is plugged in with no luck.

Windows 10, on the other hand, deals with the drivers in a different way. You plug the device in, and it is available immediately, once the drivers have been loaded for the first device. Subsequent devices load the driver from the PC and it is almost instantaneous. I don't have to wait two or three minutes per device watching the spinning donut as it tries, and fails, to load the drivers from Windows Update. As much as I don't really like Win 10, I am forced to admit that in this case, it is superior to Win 7.
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01 Jun 2017   #10
Lance1

Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
 
 

The Media Creation Tool Is another option for Win 10.
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