Microsoft Stops Offering Free Upgrades to Windows 10 and 11 for Windows 7 and 8 Users

The free upgrade option was supposed to end in 2016 but is still available today.

Microsoft Stops Offering Free Upgrades to Windows 10 and 11 for Windows 7 and 8 Users

Microsoft has recently stopped letting folks with Windows 7 and 8 use their old product keys to get Windows 10 or 11 for free on new computers or virtual machines. This affects two big groups of people: tech enthusiasts and gamers who've stuck with Windows 7 and 8. If you've been putting off the upgrade, you might want to do it soon because it seems like some users still have this option.

This change in policy wasn't widely announced but was buried in a blog post. Microsoft says this upgrade path actually ended back in July 2016, but they kept it open for seven more years. You could even use a Windows 7 key to activate Windows 11! It's not clear why they're closing this now, but it's happening. According to Thurrott, Microsoft started testing this new (or "old") policy in its latest Windows Canary release.

You can still upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 for free. But, Windows 11 has some strict rules about the hardware you need, so it might not work on all computers. The good news is that Microsoft will keep supporting Windows 10 until 2025. So, you have some time to save money for a new PC that can run Windows 11.

If you're still using Windows 7 or 8, it's a good idea to try upgrading to Windows 10 as soon as possible. The option to upgrade might not be available forever because Microsoft will keep updating Windows 10 and 11. Getting a new Windows product key can cost around $140 or less if you find a good deal. Just be careful about buying very cheap keys online because they might not be legit. You can also use Windows 10 without a key, but it will have some limitations and might bother you with some reminders.

Source: Thurrott

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