How to Get Windows 10 Free After the July 29th Deadline

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How to Get Windows 10 Free After the July 29th Deadline

First, let me say, neither Darcy or I are lawyers. So we’re not offering legal advice or guaranteeing that Microsoft is legally bound to anything we say here. We’re basing this article on the Windows 10 license and something called “digital entitlement”. We’ve also done a lot of research on this, so we’re pretty confident you can rely on this information – but again – no guarantees.

According to recognized Windows expert, Ed Bott:

When you upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the Windows 10 setup program checks your current activation status and reports the result to the activation servers. If you’re “genuine” (that is, properly activated), the Windows activation server generates a Windows 10 license certificate (Microsoft calls it a “digital entitlement”) and stores it in conjunction with your installation ID and the version you just activated (Home or Pro).

It didn’t need a product key to do that activation. All it needed was the proof from the Software Licensing Manager utility that your underlying activation was legit.

You can now wipe that hard disk completely, boot from Windows 10 installation media, and install a squeaky clean copy.

You can also temporarily undo the upgrade and restore the underlying Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license that you used to qualify the upgrade. That won’t affect the digital entitlement you received, which remains safely locked up on Microsoft’s activation servers, ready for you to use again when you’re ready. How and when you choose to reinstall Windows 10 on that hardware doesn’t matter: You can use a USB flash drive or a DVD,

What this means is that you can upgrade to Windows 10, by the deadline (July 29, 2016), and go back to your previous version of Windows. If you return to your previous version of Windows within 31 days of upgrading to Windows 10, you’re previous version of Windows will be restored to the exact state it was the day you upgraded to Windows 10. In other words, you won’t lose anything; your programs will be there, your personal files will be there and everything will be as it was the day you upgraded to Windows 10.

Upgrading to Windows 10 and then going back to your previous version of Windows insures that you’ll be able to install Windows 10 free whenever you want to even if it’s well after the July 29, 2016 deadline.  So if you’re not sure if you want to upgrade to Windows 10 right now, or you don’t like being rushed into upgrading, this is a option for you.

Keep in mind you’ll need to upgrade using the Media Creation Tool and then create an installation USB or DVD so you an upgrade for free again after the deadline.

If you don’t upgrade before July 29, 2016, you’ll have no option (according to Microsoft) unless you pay for the upgrade. The price for Windows 10, according to what we’ve heard, is going to be $99. So if you are not really ready for Windows 10 yet, but you don’t want to miss out on the free offer, you might want to upgrade now and then return to your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 computer – and use your digital entitlement to upgrade to Windows 10 free whenever you’re ready.

We are offering a Windows 10 Upgrade Service that includes both pre-checkups and post-checkups to make sure your computer is ready for Windows 10. We can show you how to create the Windows 10 installation media, and help to return to your previous version of Windows after you upgrade to Windows 10. If you’re interested in our Windows 10 upgrade service please see this page.


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“…Microsoft has confirmed that the only way to upgrade to Windows 10 after July 29 is paying full price for a copy of the OS with its own product key — there won’t be a reduced cost for users who are upgrading. This means that you’ll be able to do an in-place upgrade (keeping all of your old files and settings) or a fresh install (installing Windows 10 from scratch)…” (Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/dont-upgrade-windows-10-will-happen/  )

Did you know? If you upgrade to Windows 10 before the deadline, you can easily go back to your current version of Windows without losing anything – and then upgrade to Windows 10 later (on the same PC) – even after the upgrade.

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