Windows 10 upgrade free - Switch Win 7 To 10 with Assistant

Windows 10 Upgrade For Free:

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft ended support for Windows 7, which is now unsafe. COMPUTER BILD reveals how to get the Windows 10 upgrade for free. Until July 2016, Microsoft offered the Windows 10 upgrade free of charge.

Since then, the software giant has officially asked for three-digit prices for switching from Windows 7 or 8: For Windows 10 Home, the Microsoft store costs 145 euros, Windows 10 Pro costs a proud 259 euros in the shop.

COMPUTER BILD reveals how you can still upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10 for free - simply by using the update wizard. You can read how the download works in the following and the step-by-step picture gallery below.

Windows 10 Upgrade Free - why?

The fact that Microsoft has not closed a loophole for the free upgrade to Windows 10 four and a half years after the operating system started may not be a mistake. This suggests the statement of an alleged company employee on Reddit.

Accordingly, the offer for free upgrades was from the beginning a marketing trick against the trade, which was probably concerned with the sales of new PCs with Windows 10.

Since the operating system was no longer the gold donkey of the group at the time, the head of development at the time, Terry Myerson, was less concerned about lost license revenue than the upgrade statistics.

After all, Myerson had already achieved the goal of one billion Windows 10 installations by 2015. It is still unmatched to this day.

Windows 7 to Windows 10 Upgrade Free - how it works:

All you need for a free upgrade is a small Microsoft tool: The Windows 10 update wizard is available for download from COMPUTER BILD.

ATTENTION: If after clicking on the red download button a new page opens, but no further button or text for the download manager appears in the top left and the download does not start, you must temporarily deactivate your ad blocker and reload the page.

After the start, the update wizard checks whether your computer is compatible with Windows 10 and, if necessary, initiates the download and installation of the upgrade. A step-by-step guide can be found below in the photo gallery.

The free upgrade worked flawlessly in the tests for this article, but interested parties should hurry up: Microsoft can cut the connection of the Windows 10 Update Assistant to its servers at any time.

An alternative is to reinstall Windows 10 and activate the operating system with the license key of Windows 7 or 8.x.

The group even describes the procedure in its Answer Forum. He has not yet revealed whether and when he will also close this loophole.

Windows 10 Upgrade Free that's the reason:

Until February 2018, Microsoft offered the "Windows 10 Update Assistant" program itself - to download it, PC users only had to confirm that they were dependent on "auxiliary technologies" in the operating system.

This includes a magnifying glass and on-screen keyboard, reading function and voice output. With this "Accessibility Upgrade", the company wanted to ensure that physically restricted PC users continue to benefit from the improved barrier-free functions in Windows 10 after July 29, 2016. Microsoft does not check whether one of the features mentioned is used.

Windows 10 Upgrade Free - fix error message:

In the tests for this article, the Windows Update Assistant showed the error message "The program cannot be started because API-ms-win-core-library loader-l1-1-1.dll is missing from the computer" on some PCs.

In this case, click on OK and replace the file wimgapi.dll in the folder "C: \ Windows10Upgrade" with the file of the same name from the folder "C: \ Windows \ System32". Then, in the Windows 10 Update Assistant, click Try again to continue the upgrade.

Windows 10 Upgrade Free who can use it?

The free upgrade works with all Windows 7 and 8 versions. If you use Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium or Windows 8 Core, you will then receive Windows 10 Home.

Owners of the higher-quality versions Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Windows 8 Pro get Windows 10 in the Pro edition.

With Windows 8, an upgrade only works after the - also free - update to version 8.1. You may find this in the Windows Store app.

Which version of Windows should it be?

You don't need to be confused about the many Windows 10 variants. If you use a PC or notebook, you only have two versions to choose from: Home and Pro.

The cheap home version is usually sufficient because you don't need the advanced capabilities of the pro version.

The appropriate version is installed during the upgrade without a separate selection. The same applies if you type in a Windows 7/8 (.1) serial number in the setup program.

To avoid data loss during the upgrade procedure, the architecture (32 or 64 bit) of the systems must be identical.

If you do not start the upgrade via setup DVD, but via Windows notification or Windows 10 update assistant, you do not have to worry about it.

Windows 10 Upgrade Free - Download programs for free:

If you've successfully upgraded to Windows 10, all that's missing is the right software. To make your search easier, COMPUTER BILD offers free program packages for download.

In the article with the "best freeware for Windows 10," you will find the right basic software for your PC. As an alternative to the desktop downloads, you can download the "best Windows 10 apps".

Thanks to the Microsoft Store, these applications update themselves and are particularly suitable for touch operation.

If you are missing important features in the operating system, COMPUTER BILD shows how you can use “Free Tools” in “Improve Windows 10”.

Protect your PC against dangerous viruses, malware, etc. with free "Security Tools for Windows 10".


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