If you are still using a computer running on Windows 7, you may have heard that Microsoft is ending its support on January 14, 2020.

Windows 7 users who don't upgrade to Windows 10 (or Mac or Chromebook) will no longer be able to get Microsoft's security updates or fixes, or technical support for any issues and that could leave your computer at greater risk from viruses and malware, CNET reports. 

When Microsoft launched Windows 10 in 2015, they offered a free upgrade for users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1.  That free upgrade offer from Microsoft technically ended in 2016.

However, according to CNET, some people are still able to download Windows 10 using the free upgrade tool from Microsoft as recently as November 2019.

I tried it out on my 10-year-old Toshiba laptop that was running Windows 7 Home edition and it worked.  However, your mileage may vary.

The fine print from CNET:  The free upgrade should work if you're currently running a licensed and activated copy of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Home or Pro.  The upgrade is not available for Windows Enterprise. Other users may experience blocks as well, depending on your machine.  This upgrade using the media creation tool isn't meant for the general consumer, but it works for many nonetheless.

This may or may not work on your computer.  If you have any doubts, then don't attempt to download the program.

Go to the Download Windows 10 website follow the prompts.

Source: CNET


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