How To Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for Free (Even in 2020)

Though Microsoft had ended free upgrade offer in 2016, but it is still working in 2020. Recently I have successfully performed upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 on my laptop. Though I can not guarantee that it will work for everyone, but there is no harm in giving it a try, If you have not yet upgraded to the latest Windows. Users can either do an in-place upgrade on the same computer or a new clean install on a new PC.

Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

In place upgrade help you to upgrade your existing Windows 7 or Windows 8 to the latest windows 10 by keeping all your programs and data intact. But still we recommend you to take .

Make sure you have enough free disk space before upgrading to Windows 10. Check the minimum free disk space required for Windows 10 upgrade.

Before starting we suggest you to take a backup of your important data. Refer Best backup Software for Windows.




Method 1 – In-place Upgrade

Step 1: Download & run media creation tool

The first step is to download the media creation tool from the Microsoft’s website and run it.

Upgrade Windows - Download media creation tool

Step 2: Select the option ‘upgrade this PC’.

When you run the media creation tool it will give you two options. Select the first one ‘Upgrade this PC now

upgrade-this-pc

Step 3: Wait while Windows download the required files and then click ‘Install’ button

It may take some time in downloading Windows 10 files from the internet. So it depends on your internet speed that how much time will it take. If you are using a pirated or cracked version then it may ask you to enter the product key. Otherwise it will not ask for any product / license key and upgrade process will go smoothly. After completion of download, click on the ‘Install‘ button.

Ready to Upgrade to window 10

Step 4: Select ‘Keep the personal files and apps’ option

After clicking on the install button, it will ask for what to keep. You can choose data only, data & apps or nothing. By default it will select the ‘data & apps‘ option.

Select what to keep

Step 5: Wait while upgrade process finishes

Click on the next button and it will start the upgrade process and may restart Windows several times.

Windows restarting

Step 6: Congrats!! It done. Just set the privacy settings on first run

If everything goes smooth you are welcome by Windows 10. It will ask you to set the privacy settings. Set the privacy settings and you are ready to go.

Welcome to windows 10 - Privacy Settings privacy settings

Watch video tutorial to see the step by step procedure of the upgrade process.

Method 2 – upgrade another PC without internet

If you have no internet connectivity on a PC then you can download the ISO file of the Windows 10 for the another PC. This way you don’t need the Internet connection on that PC.

Step 1: Download the ISO file and create a bootable USB.

Follow the below steps to create a bootable Windows 10 disk.

1. Download the Windows media creation tool from the Microsoft website.

Download Windows 10 Media creation tool

2. Download and Run this file. It’s an approx 18 MB file.

3. It will ask for two options – upgrade this PC or download for another PC. Choose second option.

Download Bootable ISO with windows media creation tool

4. Choose  “Create installation media for another PC”. It will ask you to make a bootable USB or download an ISO image. You can later burn an ISO file to an USB or DVD disk.

Create bootable USB drive using Media creation tool

5. We prefer to use the bootable USB. It needs at least 8 GB free space in the USB Stick. After the completion of this process you have a Valid and legal official windows 10 available in your USB drive. Now you can install the Windows 10 on another PC or on a different partition.

Step 2: Upgrade Windows on the target PC using the bootable USB disk.

1. Insert bootable Windows 10 USB disk and set to boot the PC with USB by making USB as the first boot device.

2. Windows 10 setup will initialize Click on the ‘Install Now’ Button. After that it will ask for the Activation Key. You can either enter the Activation key here. Or simply click on the I don’t have a product key. But you need to enter the key later after installation.

3. On the next step it will ask for the Upgrade or for Custom Install. Select the Upgrade if you are going to upgrade the existing Windows 7 or For new Installation you can choose the custom installation. Choosing. With custom (Advanced) installation you will loose all your data and apps and it will be a fresh new installation.

Upgrade Windows 10 with USB

When it asks for a Serial number or Product Key. Use your Windows 7 Key and it will take without any hassle.

If this does not work for you then I will recommend you to buy a valid Windows 10 product key from the Microsoft.

Buying Windows 10 is a onetime purchase and you will get the unlimited updates / upgrades. Microsoft announces Windows 10 as the last version and provides it as a service. There will not be next version like Windows 11 etc.

FAQs

Q: Is windows 7 serial key still works and it is really free to upgrade to Windows 10?

A: On the launch of the Windows 10 in 2015 Microsoft had given 1 year time to Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10 for Free. Later on, they extended this time and then closed the offer. But people are still asking that is there any way to get free upgrade offer? And I can simply answer ‘Yes‘. You can get a free copy of Windows 10 if you already own a Windows 7 key.

Q: It is asking for the product key, and my old Windows 7 key is not working. What to do?

A: Some times it happened that if you have a genuine Windows 7 key and still Windows installer can throw message like This product key didn’t work. In this case you can try to re-activate Windows 7 first. And then start upgrading again, now installer will skip that step and you will be able to start the upgrade process. Enter Windows product key

Q: Can I upgrade to Windows 10 with USB in offline mode, without installing from the internet?

A: Yes, you can just choose “create installation media for another PC”. It will copy the files to Pen drive. Then you may run the installer from the USB.

Q: Do I need to take the backup? Is there any option to revert to Windows 7?

A: Taking backup of your important data is a good practice, you should do this on regular basis. There is also an option to rollback to windows 7. But we recommend you to adapt the new system instead of rolling back. There are lots of Windows 10 Tutorials available online. Always take the backup of important files before starting upgrade process for a safer side.

Q: Can I upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 10?

A: Yes, upgrading from Windows 8, Windows 8.1 process is almost same as of Windows 7. You can follow the above steps.

Q: Can I upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 10?

A: Before upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 10 you should consider two things (1) First you can’t migrate all your data, programs or settings. You need to take the backup of data first. Actually it is like a New installation. (2) Secondly, Your old hardware may be not compatible or insufficient for the new Windows 10. So we advise you to upgrade Windows 10 along-with the hardware.

Q: Can I migrate my HDD to SSD and then upgrade it to Windows 10?

A: Yes, you can do it easily. You just need to migrate your hard disk drive to solid state drive. After migrated to SSD, follow the above Windows 10 in-place upgrade process and rock the upgraded Windows 10. You can also move a upgraded Windows 10 to the SSD. See how to migrate Windows from HDD to SSD without loosing your data.

Q: Why will I switch to Windows 10? I am okay with the Windows 7.

A: Users who still have not switched to the newer Windows 10. I advised them to switch as early as possible as Microsoft has already stop the support for Windows 7.

Q: Can I still use Windows 7 after 2020?

A: You can use it as long as your antivirus works with Windows 7. Microsoft will never release the security updates for Win7. So you have to rely on your security software.

Q: Can I upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 without loosing my files and programs?

A: Inplace upgrade will do this magic. It will not delete any data file but regarding software it is not guaranteed as some old software which are not updated to support the Windows 10 may not migrate properly. Otherwise all of your software will automatically be transferred to the Windows 10. Always check software compatibility before upgrading.


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112 thoughts on “How To Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for Free (Even in 2020)”

  1. Thanks! I thought this wouldn’t work on my old Toshiba laptop because it didn’t work the last time I tried even though my windows 7 is legitimate. But it did! Thanks!

  2. As of 16th of January 2020, still working. I went for the USB download, it took a few hours but went without a single hitch. Now all updated and running well (to my surprise!)

    A big thanks to Techexpert for the help and advice and updating this page in 2020, I’m sure for many of us – who had left it to the last minute to try to do something about the end of support for win 7, like me – you’ve made the transition to Win 10 painless, something I was certainly not expecting a week ago, so cheers!

  3. I waited will the last moment but finally upgraded yesterday. The solution still works, I didn’t have to pay. It did take about 3 hours and a few times I thought my computer froze as it got stuck on a particular “percent ready” number but it eventually resumed. I did have the original registered OEM Windows 7 installed, so I wasn’t asked for the key.

    Thank you for providing this solution.

  4. I plan to do a fresh install using the 8gb USB method. Would 16gb be enough partition space to complete the install? I have an extra 12gb partition if I have no other choice which I can use, or perhaps resize. Any advice greatly appreciated.

    1. Yes, 16 GB space is enough space for upgrade to Windows 10. Sometimes it requires around 20 GB, it totally depends on “Windows update”. If your Windows 7 is up-to-date then Windows 10 requires even less than 10 GB. So you may go ahead and start the upgrade process with your 8GB USB stick.

  5. Hi, trying upgrade on 13 Jan 2020. Gets so far in Windows 10 setup then sticks at 46% when checking for updates.
    Going to leave overnight…
    Fingers crossed.
    M

    1. Okay, thanks for sharing your experience. Please update the status of your Windows 10 upgrade process so that others can help.

      1. Still no joy. Tried the setupdiag exe but it was unable to match to any known failure signatures.
        Trying to upgrade from version of HomePremium Windows 7 but it is an old pc. Plenty memory and i3 processor,
        BIOS updates mentioned in your article. Will try to see how check those. Perhaps updates not loaded previously.
        Though not sure how to do that.
        Cheers

        1. It seems like some updates couldn’t download or install properly. So now, try to fix your Windows update issue first. Please follow the following article’s steps carefully.
          After done, and before beginning the update process again, try to update your Windows twice in Windows 7 computer.

  6. Thanks for this article. We upgraded from Windows 7 to 10 late on October 22, 2019 with no problems on my SSD boot drive (actually freed up 4 GB on the drive as well). From starting the process to seeing the Windows 10 splash screen for multiple users it took one hour and 30 minutes; including the initial small download and the following large download from Microsoft. Despite having installed Windows 10 inadvertently near the end of the free upgrade period in the summer of 2016 and then rolling it back to Windows 7 the next day (which had me a bit worried about upgrading back to 10) I only had to reconfigure my Realtek audio subsystem software to get the sound working. Quite frankly many of my apps seem snappier in response and performance.

  7. Was going along nicely with the upgrade from windows 7 to 10 till it got to updating windows 10. Got up to 35% , didn’t notice if it said anything but the screen went black and has been black for 30mins. It’s not gone to sleep so what should I do or is this normal?

    1. No, it is not normal. You should wait for few hours because we should not interrupt Windows update. If nothing happens after few hours then reboot your computer and check what happens after reboot.

      1. I had to unplug it and turn it back on. It went straight to a windows 10 sign , then the upgrade which said 85%. Went up to 90% and has been stuck on that for an hour. The screen hasn’t gone black though .

        1. Wait some time if doesn’t happen anything then I recommend you to please reboot your computer once more. Make sure the Internet is working properly and with full speed because it need a good speed Internet.

          1. Had to unplug computer again as it was frozen on 90% and had been like that for for 6 hrs. Gone back to windows 7. It says failed at second boot during migrate data operation. OxC1900101-Ox4000D fault.

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