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Still running Windows 7? Time is running out to upgrade to Windows 10. What to know

Time is running out to upgrade to Windows 10. Microsoft no longer offers support for Windows 7, and now the company has launched Windows 11.

If you’re still running an older version of Windows, keep in mind that Windows 11 will only be available as a free upgrade for Windows 10 users, not older versions.

How to download Windows 10 for free. Here’s how to get Windows 10 for free, if you’re currently running a licensed and activated copy of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Home or Pro.

Go to the Download Windows 10 website. Under Create Windows 10 installation media, click Download tool now and Run.

Choose Upgrade this PC now, assuming this is the only PC you’re upgrading. If you’re upgrading a different machine, choose Create installation media for another PC, and save the installation files.

Follow the prompts. When the upgrade is complete, go to Settings Update & Security Activation, and you should see a digital license for Windows 10.

To get the best Windows 10 experience and take advantage of features like password less sign on through Windows Hello, you’ll want to buy a new Windows 10 PC or one released after July 2015 with all the hardware upgrades.

If you’ re a student or university faculty member, you may also be able to download Windows 10 for free.