Microsoft has filled one of the gaps that allows owners of older PCs to upgrade to Windows 10 and Windows 11 for free. If you have a Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC, you’ll need to purchase a new license to upgrade to one of the latest versions from Microsoft. operating systems.
“Microsoft’s free upgrade offer for Windows 10/11 ended on July 29, 2016,” Microsoft said blog post now states, dating back to September 20, and brought to light from Windows Central. “The installation path to get the free upgrade to Windows 7/8 has also been removed. Upgrades to Windows 11 from Windows 10 are still free.”
At one time, Microsoft offered a full year, until July 31, 2016, one year after the launch of Windows 10, for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to leverage their existing Windows licenses as a free entry ticket to Windows 10. Microsoft later allowed those who used assistive technologies as a further loophole; if you used a screen reader, for example, you had until the end of 2017. Then that loophole was closed too.
What Microsoft never said was that the transition to Windows 7/8 was never actually closed. Users could still upgrade their old PCs to Windows 10 if they wanted. This is the loophole that has now been officially closed.
In a way, this makes sense. At one time, the transition from Windows 7 to Windows 8 to Windows 10 was relatively smooth. But Microsoft now imposes hardware restrictions on Windows 11so the number of people who would be able to successfully navigate the upgrade path would likely be close to zero.
Let’s face it: Like ours Original Windows 7 review proves that it was a superior operating system. But it also debuted fourteen years ago and lost support ages ago. Microsoft is right: it’s time to upgrade to a modern PC. Our guide to best laptops can help you if you are looking.