For you procrastinators and stragglers still using Windows 7 (and Windows 8, God forbid), there is still hope. Users of those older systems of Windows can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free via a free upgrade offer from 2016.
According to CNET, Microsoft offered the free upgrade to users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, which was good through July 2016. However, that upgrade is still available, for some reason.
This is actually very good timing to remind you that Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 — tomorrow. Security patches and updates will end, leaving you dawdlers at risk of getting hacked.
Sure, Windows 10 users have reported a lot of bugs early in its life, but it’s still a better option than using an operating system not equipped with the latest cybersecurity patches.
CNET notes that those Windows 7 or 8 Home licenses can only upgrade to Windows 10 Home, and users of older Pro operating systems can only upgrade to Windows 10 pro.
According to CNET, users can download the free version of Windows 10 by:
- Going to the Download Windows 10 website
- Click Download tool now and Run under Create Windows 10 installation media
- Choose Upgrade this PC now if you’re upgrading the PC you’re using. If not, choose Create installation media for another PC and save the files.
- After following the prompts and completing the upgrade, go to Settings Update & Security>Activation and there should be a digital license for Windows 10
As long as this upgrade tool still works, I suggest using it, since Microsoft seems to be putting all of its eggs in the Windows 10 basket.
After tomorrow, users will be hit with a full-screen notification beginning Jan. 15 that describes the security risk of using the old platform.
However, some businesses could be eligible to purchase the Extended Security Update that will give them peace of mind for up to three more years.