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  • Free Win7/8 to 10 in-place upgrade still available: nothing has changed

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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Free Win7/8 to 10 in-place upgrade still available: nothing has changed

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     geekdom 1 week, 3 days ago.

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    • #166699 Reply

      georgea
      AskWoody Plus

      Despite the end last month of the Windows 10 Upgrade “for Users of Assistive Technologies” offer, the same “in-place upgrade” method still works.  Run the “Setup” from the Win10 installer from an activated W7 or 8 system, and you end up with an activated W10 install.  No keys need to be entered.  I just did this today with 1709 on a very old Win7 PC; I couldn’t find anything saying this still worked, so I figured I’d put this out there…

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    • #173195 Reply

      EP
      AskWoody_MVP

      assuming you already have a genuinely activated Win7 SP1 or Win8.1 OS (retail or OEM edition) [not sure about Win8.0], you can still upgrade to Win10 for free [any release of Win10 including the 1703 release and older ones]

      edit: I make sure that I do an “offline” in-place upgrade of Win10 over Win7/8.1, meaning I run Win10 setup when no internet connection is available (unplug any ethernet/LAN cables, disable WiFi/WLAN adapters or set the laptop into airplane mode); do NOT make in internet connection during Win10 setup, otherwise you may be forced to create a Microsoft account. then after Win10 is installed, I then establish an internet connection to activate Win10.

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      • #173213 Reply

        BobbyB
        AskWoody Lounger

        do NOT make in internet connection during Win10 setup, otherwise you may be forced to create a Microsoft account. then after Win10 is installed, I then establish an internet connection to activate Win10.

        Wise advice indeed and works a treat for clean installs too Gives you a lot less hassles should you wish to make adjustments to Win10 updates, drivers, etc before the OS starts downloading apps and stuff you might not want.
        A “Local Account” is always a good idea to start with and if you want to add an MS Account later its very easy, in fact almost too easy alas.

    • #308731 Reply

      georgea
      AskWoody Plus

      Update: this still works as of January 10, 2019 for ver 1809. Just grab the media creation tool and let it rip on an existing licensed W7 or 8 system. You don’t need to disable the internet connection during the upgrade – the option to skip a Microsoft account during setup [and create a local user account] is still there if you are paying [very] close attention.

      1809 wants you to create password recovery question/answers. The ONLY way to avoid that is to NOT enter a password during setup. Then once setup is complete, you can go back and create a password for the account.

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    • #308756 Reply

      anonymous

      Even better, if you do a clean install of any Windows 10 build on a machine with a valid Windows 8.x product key in its BIOS, it activates automatically without you doing a thing. Assuming you’re using the same SKU of course. I find it hard to believe that this isn’t intentional.

      • #308761 Reply

        anonymous

        I was wondering about that.  Maybe same for OEM bios key for Win7?  There’s no doubt that all of this is intentional, given that it’s been in wink wink mode for a long time now.

        • #308769 Reply

          georgea
          AskWoody Plus

          Ummm… Oops, that was me, I was logged out. Seems login is not persistent.

    • #308794 Reply

      MrJimPhelps
      AskWoody_MVP

      I’ve upgraded several Dell OptiPlex computers in the last couple of months from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and all of them activated automatically without my having to do a thing. They each had a Windows 8 sticker on them, so evidently Dell shipped these computers with Windows 7, utilizing Windows 8 “downgrade” rights.

      Group "L" (Linux Mint)
      with Windows 8.1 running in a VM
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      • #308836 Reply

        geekdom
        AskWoody Plus

        Weird, what’s under the hood.

        Group G{ot backup} Win7 · x64 · SP1 · i3-3220 · TestBeta

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