Microsoft had already ended its Windows 7 free upgrade offer in 2016. But technically it is still working in 2021. Recently I have tested it personally and it is still working. I had discovered it when I performed upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 on my laptop for Free using my Win 7 key. Though I can not guarantee that it will work for everyone, but there is no harm to give it a try. If you have not yet upgraded, then still you have the chance to get a Free upgrade.

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

If you have lost the key? Here is a guide to retrieve missing product key in Windows operating system.

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.

In-place Upgrade

In place upgrade help you to upgrade your existing Windows7 or Windows8 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. If the given link doesn’t work then try this alternative link.

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”.


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.

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


How to Upgrade to Windows 10 without internet

If you have no internet connectivity on a PC then you can download the 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.

Upgrade a PC From Windows 7 to Windows 10 by 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 in the BIOS Setting.

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. You can user your existing Windows 7 Key.

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.

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 process 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., so now is the better time to get a license of Windows 10.

Also read: How to upgrade to Windows 11


128 thoughts on “How To Upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 for Free (Even in 2022)”

  1. Hi Mr Techexpert
    I just wat to say a BIG THANK YOU to you for this post/link. I am no IT person at all and for me this was super easy to use and worked 100% on 4 July 2022. YOU THE BOSS

  2. After choosing “Upgrade this PC” I get the following message:
    “This tool can’t update your PC”
    The language or edition of the version of Windows currently installed on this PC isn’t supported by this tool”
    Any suggestions?

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

    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.

        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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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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