1. petercohen's Avatar
    Hello, I bought a few copies of Windows 7 Professional. They were installed on Mac via bootcamp. Those computers are no longer in use and before I abandoned them, I erased the contents of the hard drive. Currently, I also have a copy of Windows 7 installed on one computer. Have not decided whether or not to upgrade on this computer but probably not.

    I read that there is still a way to upgrade to Windows 10 for existing users who are running Windows 7 on their computers. For those Windows 7 licenses that I do not use currently (because I erased the hard drives of old computers), how do I get free upgrades using those licenses?
    08-18-2017 11:20 AM
  2. sinime's Avatar
    From what I understand, but can't verify as I have not tried it, if you are running Windows 7/8/8.1 and it has been properly licensed and activated, you can download the Windows 10 download tool http://forums.windowscentral.com/e?l...token=sZ1L5jww and still upgrade to W10 for free.

    Again, I have not tried it, this is just what I have read. Worst case, after upgrading it won't have a valid license and you could just wipe it and go back to 7/8/8.1.

    I may try it this weekend. I have an older laptop that still has 8.1 on it. I didn't upgrade it to W10 for free because I couldn't find the power brick back when the free upgrades were officially offered. Anyhow, a couple of months ago the power brick turned up.
    08-18-2017 01:44 PM
  3. slooksterpsv's Avatar
    I can confirm using the media creation tool i was able to upgrade for free 4 months ago. Tread lightly I don't know if that still works.
    08-22-2017 07:32 AM
  4. glussier's Avatar
    Yes, it does.
    08-22-2017 08:59 PM
  5. tgp's Avatar
    I did it just yesterday. I clean installed Windows 10 on an older Windows 7 laptop. When it got to the product key window during the install process, I entered the laptop's Windows 7 product key. It accepted it, and continued to install and activate Windows 10 like normal.
    08-22-2017 09:10 PM
  6. petercohen's Avatar
    Thanks. When I install Windows 7 on a new computer and enter the license number, will the software say that the license has already been used? Note that I installed it on a previous computer but when I erased it and killed the hard drive, I did not do some kind of deactivation. So, I think MS considers that the license is installed on a computer even it no longer exists.
    08-23-2017 08:38 PM

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