Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade deadline was reached on July 29, so since then, Windows 7 and 8.1 users can no longer install the new operating system free of charge.
But it turns out that this is only the official version because unofficially, users can continue upgrading to Windows 10 without paying a single cent using just their Windows 7 or 8.1 product key.
Microsoft’s upgrade policy allows users who previously installed Windows 10 before the July 29 deadline and activated the copy to return to Windows 10 without paying thanks to digital entitlement, which makes it possible to deploy the OS at any given moment and get it activated automatically.
But it turns out that Windows 7 and 8.1 users can actually upgrade to Windows 10 even if they didn’t previously install the operating system before the July 29 deadline and according to, this loophole continues to work today – although there are big chances that Microsoft’s already looking into it and could block the flaw in the near future.
Nope, not happening
In a statement, Microsoft says that only users who previously installed Windows 10 before July 29 can move to the new operating system once again without paying. Using a Windows 7 or 8.1 product key shouldn’t work to activate Windows 10, it says.
“Users upgrading their PC for the first time will need to enter a Windows 10 product key. Users who’ve previously installed Windows 10 on their PC should activate successfully with a digital entitlement when reinstalling Windows 10 on that PC,” a company spokesperson was quoted as saying.
Only that it seems that activating Windows 10 with a Windows 7 or 8.1 product key works like a charm even on computers that are now upgrading for the first time.
Of course, nobody can complain about this because users can thus get more to upgrade, but it’s clearly a loophole that Microsoft could block any minute now. For the moment, however, there’s still time for Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade, so use this method wisely if you want to switch to Windows 10. It might be your last chance to do it free.