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No, Windows 10 is not worse than XP. No, it’s not slower than Windows 7. And no, it’s not buggier than Windows 8.

Windows 10 is the cleanest, fastest, and most advanced Windows operating system of its line. Anybody who tells you otherwise is either lying, in denial, or wearing rose-tinted glasses.

Is it perfect? Of course not. But it’s a significant improvement on everything that’s gone before, mainly thanks to the two massive upgrades it’s received: the Anniversary Update 9 Windows 10 Anniversary Update Features You'll Love 9 Windows 10 Anniversary Update Features You'll Love Are you still on the fence about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update? We have summarized the most important new features. Be sure to try all of them if you've already upgraded! Read More and the Creators Update A Peek Into the Windows 10 Creators Update A Peek Into the Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft just announced the next major Windows 10 upgrade. The Creators Update will come to 400 million users in Spring 2017. Here are the highlights of Wednesday's Windows 10 event. Read More . The next big update is due this Fall.

Sadly, if you’re still using Windows 7 or 8, you’ve missed the initial free update and you’ll be stuck in the past forever… Or will you? Well, apparently not. It turns out you can still bag a free upgrade to Windows 10 using your old product key.

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Technically, the period for free upgrades closed more than 12 months ago.

However, there have always been ways around it. You’ve been able to update to Windows 10 for free using the “assistive tech” loophole method You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free (With a Loophole) You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free (With a Loophole) If you missed the deadline for the free Windows 10 upgrade, you're in luck because there's still another method you can use -- as long as your conscience allows you to do so. Read More  last year. We’ve covered it elsewhere on the site, but beware that it’s morally questionable.

Now you also have a morally-sound way of getting the free update.

The process is simple. First, make sure you’ve got the product key of your copy of Windows 7/8 Four Places to Find Your Windows 8 Product Key Four Places to Find Your Windows 8 Product Key With Windows 8, finding the 25-digit product key got harder. But you still need it to download installation media or install on a machine that didn't come pre-installed with Windows 8. Read More  in hand. If you can’t find it, use a third-party app 3 Portable Applications to Help You Find Serial Keys on Your Windows PC 3 Portable Applications to Help You Find Serial Keys on Your Windows PC If you've ever paid a chunk of change for a shareware application or subscription, you know the drill. Serial keys in the form of plain-text strings or files are pretty much the universal standard. The... Read More to extract it from your machine.

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Next, download a copy of Windows 10 from the Microsoft site and work through the installation process. A clean install How to Reinstall Windows 10 Without Losing Your Data How to Reinstall Windows 10 Without Losing Your Data Using this option allows you to reinstall Windows without losing the files, personal data and programs you already have on the system. Read More is recommended, but it could take several hours.

Finally, when the installation process is complete and Windows asks for your product key, just enter your old Windows 7/8 code that you extracted earlier. It will work perfectly. Now you have a legitimate copy of Windows 10 installed.

Have you upgraded to Windows 10 yet? If not, we’d love to know why. Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Mary
    November 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    A tech working on my laptop did a factory reset which took it back to Windows 8

  2. Dave
    August 27, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Link to download Windows 10 from Microsoft?

  3. wowe
    August 21, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Windows 10 is a disaster. Anybody who tells you otherwise is either lying, in denial, or wearing rose-tinted glasses.

  4. joe
    August 20, 2017 at 3:04 am

    If you upgrade a computer using this process, will your files be lost?

  5. Sarvesh dubey
    August 19, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I have windows starter in my Sony Vaio notepad. I always try to upgrade it but I can not as it always tells, no internet connection. Even though all the browsing activity is happening. Kindly help me in upgrading my system.

    Thanks

  6. joe
    August 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    because it sucks.........and it sucks.........and it sucks........

  7. Joshua
    August 18, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    SSD. Prefer 8 w/classic shell, frugal bandwidth.

  8. Mark
    August 18, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    My HTPC is still on Windows 7 because MS didn't bring Windows Media Center to Windows 10.

  9. Weyrleader
    August 18, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Very interesting. But what you didn't warn about is that if someone who doesn't like windows 10 and wants to go back to 7 / 8 they will need to downgrade within 30 days or be stuck with windows 10. This process converts the win 7 / 8 product key to a win 10 product key. Once the 30 day trial period is over the key can't be used on a win 7 or 8 install.

    • Pierre
      August 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Most folks don't realize that the Wndows-10 upgrade will consume your
      License Key,, forever, and therefore after that 30 day period, you can't go back
      to your former Operating System,
      This was a deliberate decision By Microsoft, when offering
      their Windows-10 upgrade, for Free.

      You'd be surprised, just how many PC Users wish to Downgrade,
      and now they can't do that, as they have No Valid License Key. . .

      • vistasp
        August 23, 2017 at 4:01 pm

        Not necessarily. When I had to replace my motherboard, Windows 10 complained bitterly so I had to reinstall Win 7 (Retail, mind you) from scratch. I used my original license number and it activated just fine. Now I'll have to think whether to stick with 7 or go through the upgrade again.