No money needed for Windows 10 upgrade: Here’s how the ‘workaround’ functions

After Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade programme expired, the company is planning to support for Windows 7 in January next year with the hope that more and more new users are  likely to start using Windows 10. However, well, there are some users who have got hold of a system under which they can  upgrade for absolutely free.

As per, users with an activated Windows 8, 8.1 or 7 running PC need to download and run the Media Creation Tool. Following this, they can then enter the product key and then, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 without  shelling out bucks.

There is a reddit post by a user who says he is a former Microsoft employee and claims that limited period free upgrade programme was “fully marketing stuff.”

“After the cut off happened, the direction given was that it requires a paid license.  However, this was brought up by the brick and mortar stores that they were doing simple clock changes on customer devices during the upgrade challenge to get around it and then ultimately it was clear two years later that anything Windows 7 and up would go to 10 fully activated and still to this day,” he wrote in the post.

“WDG didn’t care pretty much at all because Terry Meyerson at the time cared more about his upgrade stats than license revenue as Windows isn’t Microsoft’s cash cow anymore. It’s the same stance back in the day where Microsoft would allow Windows Updates on pirated copies of Windows 7 as the bigger picture was to thwart security threats based from those copies,” he added.

There is also a warning – he believes IT admins can take undue advantage of this flaw for large-scale free upgrades.

“You still can do this no problem, however careful, do an upgrade keeping everything as if you choose to yet everything and start fresh; you lose your free upgrade. That old 7 license converts to a 10 digital license and from there you can clean and install no problem. As for audits, this mainly is for volume licensing than anything. An SMB with 10-200 Windows 7 machines that were OEM licensed don’t really matter. If you try this with 1,000 computers, iffy,” he wrote.

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