When Windows 10 was released, most computers running a valid copy of Windows were eligible for a free upgrade. The upgrade offer officially ended in July 2016, but you can still get a copy of Windows 10 for free.
If you have a PC running a genuine version of Windows 7,8, or 8.1 and want to upgrade to Windows 10, follow the steps in this article by Ed Bott for a free upgrade.
When Windows was first released, Microsoft's upgrade tool (GWX) was delivered via Windows Update to eligible computers. The free upgrade offer officially ended July 30, 2016, and the upgrade tool was removed. Now, using the Media Creation Tool from the Windows 10 download site, you can choose to upgrade your PC immediately or download a copy of the latest version of Windows 10 to install later. Download the file to a USB flash drive, a DVD, or as an ISO file to your hard drive. You'll need roughly 4GB of space for the 64-bit version, and about 3GB for the 32-bit version.
Windows 10 licenses are tied to a specific device. If you want to reformat and do a clean installation, you don't have to worry about activation or license keys. If you have a Microsoft account and it's active on your PC, the digital license will be linked to your Microsoft account automatically. If you use a local account and have a Microsoft account, you can link the license to your Microsoft account by following the steps here.
It's unknown if Microsoft will change the current status, but Ed has been testing this from earlier versions of Windows to July 2018 and it still works.
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