Microsoft Finally Changes Irritating Rules of Free Windows 10 Upgrade

SP’s: Microsoft has finally responded to the user complaints regarding the irritating rules of free Window 10 upgrade. With the upcoming Windows 10 builds, you can use your Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 activation keys.

Riding on the shoulders of its Free Windows 10 slogan, Satya Nadella has managed to convince about 110 million people to install Windows 10 operating system on their PCs.

After tons of complaints and user feedbacks, Microsoft has finally decided to change the free Windows 10 upgrade rules. The smooth Windows 10 upgrade process has been made smoother by allowing you to use your Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 activation keys.

In an official blog, Windows and Device Group Vice President Gabe Aul has revealed the information about an upcoming Windows 10 build that will allow you to activate your free Windows 10 copy using your existing Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 keys.

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But, how to do this?

On the blog, Gabe explained that if you install this upcoming Windows 10 Insider Preview on your PC and it doesn’t activate on its own, “you can enter the product key from Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 used to activate the prior Windows version on the same device to activate Windows 10.”

On the blog, Gabe explained that if you install this upcoming Windows 10 Insider Preview on your PC and it doesn’t activate on its own, “you can enter the product key from Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 used to activate the prior Windows version on the same device to activate Windows 10.”


You can perform this activation by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation and selecting Change Product Key.

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Giving the Windows users another great news, Gabe said that anyone looking to perform a clean install of Windows 10, would be able to use these Windows 7 and Windows 8 keys during the installation process.

Why is this change so huge?


This change has made the lives of Windows users easier as installing a clean Windows 10 OS is now a better option. Earlier, you had to upgrade your Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 OS to Windows 10 using Windows upgrade, followed by the second step of performing the clean install using the bootable ISO images.

Now, Microsoft has shortened this clean install process as you just need to download the upcoming Windows 10 ISO and perform a clean install right away using the existing Windows keys.

Microsoft explains: “If you do a clean install of Windows 10 by booting off the media, you can also enter the product key from prior Windows versions on qualifying devices during setup.”

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