When Microsoft announced the Windows 10 OS, they mentioned that anyone with a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 laptop or desktop, can upgrade to the new version for free. To make things easier, they even had a special section on their website that assisted you with the process.
Now, the offer to update the OS for free expired two years ago, but Microsoft still issues digital licenses to people who make the upgrade to Windows 10, from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
The procedure is 100% legal and has to be done via Microsoft’s own website, so rest assured, you are safe from piracy issues. Do keep in mind that before upgrading your OS, it is recommended that you take a backup of all your data and store it safely, as Windows upgrades tend to wipe all your data during the process.
With the disclaimers out of the way, let’s get started.
Step 1. Head to the Microsoft website, specifically, this link (Download Windows 10 page).
Step 2. Now, select the version of Windows 10 and click on ‘Confirm‘.
Step 3. Next, select the product language and click on ‘Confirm‘.
Step 4. Now, choose whether you want the 32-Bit or the 64-Bit version of the Installer.
Step 5. Once the download completes, run the installer.
Step 6. Choose the ‘Upgrade this PC Now‘ option from the prompt.
Step 7. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
The installation should take around 15 to 30 minutes, so be patient while the PC goes through the procedure. Also, your PC may restart automatically a couple of times, which are again expected, so no need to panic there as well.
If you are looking for enterprise features in Windows 10, Microsoft also offers a Windows 10 Pro edition, which costs around $200 all-inclusive. Its a one-time payment and it offers all the features of Windows 10 and Remote Desktop, Windows Information Protection, BitLocker, and a suite of tools designed for business use.