You have a less than three months to upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC to Windows 10 for free. The free upgrade window closes on July 29th, 2016; as Microsoft confirmed recently.
However, there are some of you out there who for one reason or the other do not want to upgrade to Windows 10. At least that is how you feel right now, but who is to say you will not change your mind in future; which you probably will.
Yes, the window for free upgrade closes on July 29th, but if you use a trick we are going to show you below. You can reserve your free upgrade for later use. That means, you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free even after the July 29th deadline passes.
How to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free after July 29, 2016
On your genuine and activated Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC, upgrade to Windows 10 now. After the new Windows installs on your computer, roll back to your previous Windows. Yes, Windows 10 gives you the option of rolling back to the previous Windows.
You will be back to your Windows 7 or Windows 8, but you will have a ‘digital entitlement’ for that particular PC to upgrade to Windows 10 in future; even after the July 29th deadline.
By upgrading your PC to Windows 10 now, then rolling back to your previous Windows version, you simply reserve your free Windows 10 license for that particular PC. Whenever a PC gets upgraded to Windows 10, it gets a ‘digital entitlement’ to Windows 10 permanently. That means upgrading now when the upgrade is free earns you an entitlement for free Windows 10 upgrade even in the future, but limited to that particular PC.
Going forward, your PC will always be eligible for Windows 10 even if you reinstalls the OS from scratch, it will activate automatically not even requiring a product key. It gets even better, you can also install other OS like Linux, Windows 7, 8, XP and later when you reinstall Windows 10. It will be fully activated and genuine, provided you had reserved your free upgrade before July 29th 2016.
How the Windows 10 Free Upgrade works post-July 29, 2016
When you upgrade to Windows 10 before July 29 2016, Microsoft ties your free upgrade to that particular PC’s hardware and not your Microsoft account. The free Windows 10 license will remain entitled to that particular PC hardware as long as you do not upgrade its motherboard.
That also means your free Windows 10 entitlement post-July 29, 2016 will not work on other PCs; for which you had not reserved the free upgrade. Unless you don’t mind paying the $120 for the Windows 10 license and activation post July 29, it would be wise to at the very least reserve your free copy.
For information on how to upgrade to Windows 10 (Read: how to reserve your digital entitlement for Windows 10; because you’re planning on rolling back to your previous Window at least for now), click here.