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How To Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for Free (Even in 2024)

Still using Windows 7 and looking for a upgrade to Windows 10. You can do so for free using your Windows 7 key.

Though Microsoft had already ended its Windows 7 free upgrade offer in 2016. However, it is still working in 2024. Recently, I have tested it personally, and it is still working.

I discovered it when I performed a free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 on my laptop using my Windows 7 product key. Though I cannot guarantee that it will work for everyone, but there is no harm in giving it a try.

Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for Free
Free Upgrade from Window 7 to Windows 10

Have you lost the Windows 7 key?

Here is a guide to find the missing product key in Windows.

Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10

If you have not yet upgraded, you still have the chance to get a free upgrade to Windows 10. Let’s find out the steps how to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

Users can either do an in-place upgrade on same computer or a new clean install on a new PC. In both methods simply use the Windows 7 Serial key when it ask and it will work perfectly.

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

Before starting up the upgrade process, I suggest you to take a backup of your important data. Find here Best backup Software for Windows.

1) In-place Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10

In place upgrade help you to upgrade your existing Windows 7 or Windows 8 system to the latest windows10 by keeping all your programs and data migrated to the latest version. But still we recommend you to take the backup of your data before starting the procedure.

Step 1:

Download & run Media Creation Tool provided by Microsoft.

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”.

Select upgrade this PC option for in place upgrade

Step 3:

Wait while it 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 the system several times.

Working on Windows 10 updates and Windows restarting

Step 6:

Congrats!! It done. Just set the privacy settings on first run. If everything goes smooth you are welcome by Welcome screen of Windows 10. It will ask you to set the privacy settings first. Set the privacy settings and you are ready to go.

Welcome to windows 10 - Privacy Settings privacy settings

2) Upgrade to Windows 10 by installing a fresh copy

The second method to upgrade to Windows 10 is by installing a fresh copy of Windows 10 either on the same PC or on a new PC. This method is useful when you want to upgrade your laptop or desktop with new hardware.

Though most new laptops come with an OEM version of the latest Windows operating system, for custom-built PCs, you can install a clean copy of Windows 10 using the Windows 7 product key. The full, detailed procedure is mentioned in this section: Upgrade Windows with USB

How to Upgrade to Windows 10 without internet

If you have no internet connectivity on a PC then you can download the Windows ISO file from another PC. By this method you don’t need the Internet connection on that PC to install a New Windows.

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 is approx. 18 MB in size.

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.

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 without the requirement of Internet.

Step 2

Now boot system using the Windows 10 bootable disk and follow the installation or upgradation process mentioned in the next section.

Upgrade a PC From Windows 7 to Windows 10 by USB disk

  1. Insert a bootable Windows 10 USB disk and set the PC to boot the PC with USB by making USB the first boot device in the BIOS settings.
  2. The Windows 10 setup will initialize. Click on the “Install Now” button. After that, it will ask for the activation key. You can enter the activation key here. Or simply click on “I don’t have a product key.” But you need to enter the key later, after installation. You can use your existing Windows 7 key.
  3. On the next step, it will ask for an upgrade or for a custom install. Select Upgrade if you are going to upgrade the existing Windows 7 installation. Or, for a new Windows 10 installation, you can choose Custom Installation.

With a custom (advanced) installation, you will lose all your data and apps, and it will be a fresh new installation.

Upgrade to Windows 10 using USB bootable disk

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 Store.

Buying Windows 10 is a onetime purchase process and you will get the unlimited updates / upgrades.

Update: Recently Microsoft released Windows 11. And all Windows 10 licensed users are eligible to upgrade to the new Windows 11. Here is a complete guide on How to upgrade to Windows 11.

Also check: How to upgrade from Windows Home to Windows Pro version.

Video Guide to upgrade to Windows 10

If you are not comfortable to understand the text guide then watch the Video guide.


140 thoughts on “How To Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for Free (Even in 2024)”

  1. Windows 10 goes on my pc correctly but then the updating part the first restart says undoing the changes and takes me back to Windows 7

  2. WHAT A BUNCH OF BS. Media Creation Tool provided by Microsoft will not run on Windows 7. This is what I get; Unable to run this tool on your PC. Causes behind Error Code 0X80072F8F – 0X20000.

  3. I have tried everything listed, still no joy. although when i ‘ren’ …SoftwareDist… i get ‘a duplicate file exists or file cannot be found’ with the catroot2 i get ‘access is denied’.I am running as admin so i do not understand. help if you please

  4. Hello,

    I did the upgrade from 7 to 10 and recently replaced my motherboard. Now it is telling me my copy of Windows 10 is not activated. Where do I get my key so I can activate it?

    1. If you upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10, your computer should have a digital license that allows you to activate Windows 10 without a product key. You can try troubleshooting the activation by using the Activation troubleshooter in the Settings app. If that doesn’t work, you can contact Microsoft Support for further assistance. If you purchased a retail version of Windows 10, you should be able to find the product key on a sticker on your PC or in the email you received when you purchased it.

    1. The 0x80072f8f – 0x20000 error typically occurs when there is a problem with the update process for Windows 10. Here are some steps you can try to fix the error:

      1. Make sure your internet connection is stable and working properly.
      2. Check for any available updates for your anti-virus software and install them.
      3. Temporarily disable your anti-virus software and try the update again.
      4. Check for any available updates for your device drivers and install them.
      5. Reset the Windows Update component. To do this, follow these steps:
      • Type “cmd” into the search bar and press Enter.
      • Right-click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator“.
      • Type the following commands, pressing Enter after each one:
        • net stop wuauserv
        • net stop cryptSvc
        • net stop bits
        • net stop msiserver
        • ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
        • ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 catroot2.old
        • net start wuauserv
        • net start cryptSvc
        • net start bits
        • net start msiserver
      1. Check for any available updates to your operating system and install them.

      I hope these steps help resolve the 0x80072f8f – 0x20000 error on your device. Let me know if the above given steps did not resolve the issue and follow this dedicated article: https://www.techsupportall.com/how-to-fix-error-code-0x80072f8f-0x20000/

  5. Ukah Stephen

    Hello TECHEXPERT, please can you help out? I’ve been trying to download the Windows 10 media creation file but keeps getting an error message every time I run it. Please how can I resolve this? Thanks.

      1. Stephen Ukah

        Thanks for your prompt response although I tried the links but it still wasn’t successful.

        1. Is there any problem with downloading the tool or using the tool? Please explain it a bit more so that I can suggest something accordingly.

          1. Stephen Ukah

            It downloads successfully but the error message pops up each time I try running the file after successful download.

          2. Can you please share the whole error message that you are getting?

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