Don’t miss out! The free upgrade offer to Windows 10 will end on July 29, 2016. Here's how to get Windows 10 for free while you still can.
The free upgrade offer isn't available for devices running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Enterprise editions of Windows.
Not every device eligible for upgrade will run every feature of Windows 10.
For more info about upgrade qualifications, system requirements, and feature availability, see the Windows 10 specifications page.
You can always check your upgrade status in the Get Windows 10 app.
Microsoft will not call customers to assist with the installation or technical support for Windows 10, nor will we send an email with any upgrade or installation files attached.
Absolutely can’t wait? Tech savvy users can use the media creation tool to upgrade to Windows 10. In order to upgrade your device for free, make sure to follow the instructions and select the Upgrade this PC now option
|From Windows 7 edition||To Windows 10 edition|
Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Premium
|Windows 10 Home|
Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Ultimate
|Windows 10 Pr|
|From Windows 8.1 edition||To Windows 10 edition|
(Also applies to country specific editions, Windows 8.1 Single Language, and Windows 8.1 with Bing)
|Windows 10 Home|
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 8.1 Pro for Students
|Windows 10 Pro|
For info about key features that are available in Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, see the comparison table for the different editions.
“N” and “KN” editions of Windows will follow the upgrade path of the parent edition. For example, Windows 7 Pro N will upgrade to Windows 10 Pro N.
Some editions are excluded from the free upgrade offer, including: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows RT, and Windows RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise outside of this offer. For more info about upgrade qualifications, see the Windows 10 specifications page.
For the best upgrade experience, it’s recommended that you wait to upgrade until you receive the notification that Windows 10 is ready for your device
The availability of Windows 10 Mobile as an update for existing Windows Phone 8.1 devices will vary depending on manufacturer and mobile operator or service provider.
Yes. Once you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer, you can reinstall or perform a clean installation on the same device. You won’t need a product key to re-activate Windows 10 on the same hardware. For more info on how to create your own Windows 10 installation media, go to the Microsoft software download website.
For more info, go to the mobile devices website.
If the manufacturer set up your PC to run from a compressed Windows image file (also known as Windows image file boot or WIMBoot) and included the option to restore factory settings, that option will no longer be available after you upgrade to Windows 10.
Article ID: 12435 - Last Review: Jun 9, 2016 - Revision: 22