Windows 10 free upgrade offer ended on July 29 2016 – or at least, that was what was officially said by Microsoft.
However, it has emerged that PC owners can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free by following a few simple steps.
ZDNet outlined how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade – despite the GWX tool being gone.
They said the upgrade is still available to people currently running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
Users who have a properly licensed and activated version of Windows 7 and 8.1 can follow the below steps to upgrade to Windows 10.
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Firstly, users need to 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.
However if you’re running the tool on a different machine you can save the installation files to a USB by selecting the second option.
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You can still upgrade to Windows 10 using the Media Creation Tool
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You can also save the Windows 10 installation files as an ISO file.
After the download is finished, you can mount the ISO file by double-clicking on it.
If you have chosen the option to create a bootable drive, run the setup after opening the USB drive in File Explorer.
After that you just need to following the prompts to complete the upgrade.
ZDNet said you will NOT be asked to enter a product key and once the upgrade is complete you can confirm the digital licence.
This can be done by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation.
Seeing how the Windows 10 free upgrade offer officially ended on July 29 2016, PC owners may wonder if the licence they receive is valid.
On one Windows 10 FAQ page, it says the upgrade offer has been extended for people who use assistive technologies.
It says: “We have not announced an end date of the upgrade offer for customers using assistive technology.
“We will make a public announcement prior to ending the offer.”
Microsoft information on whether the Windows 10 update can be installed after July 29 2016
However, for other PC owners, the ZDNet article said: “The entire "free upgrade" offer was always accompanied by language that was, to put it politely, a bit squishy. And the language around the end of that offer is similarly vague.”
Referring to one FAQ post, ZDNet said: “That's very odd language. The free upgrade through the Get Windows 10 app ended on July 29, 2016.
“Likewise, the discussion of product keys says a key will be necessary ‘for this tool to work’ (not true) but doesn't say a word about licensing.
“And unlike the weasely ‘Genuine Windows’ label on older upgrades, the activation screens for a Windows 10 upgrade specifically confirm the existence of a ‘digital license’.”
It added: “Of course, I'm not a lawyer, and this column isn't legal advice. But I will say that I am personally confident in the activation status of my newly upgraded PC.”