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Can you upgrade from Win 8 / 8.1 to Win 10 free?


stevec59

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I've just done a rebuild from Win 7 to Win 10, using the Win 7 Licence, you can do an upgrade in a similar way, can you do this free for Win 8 / Win 8.1? Is there a tutorial, or just use the Win 7 10 Win 10 one?
When is Microsoft stopping support on Win 8 / 8.1?
Reason for asking is that a friend over the road has Win 8 or 8.1.

Many Thanks

Steve
 

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I used the tool here to upgrade three machines from Win 7 to 10 last week because the updates for the former will be ending soon:

Download Windows 10

The process looked something like this:


For now, all three PCs are running correctly, with settings in place, and no prompts for activation. A fourth PC was upgraded around six months ago.

I've three more PCs (one's a branded all-in-one, the second's a laptop, and the third is almost five years old) with Win 8.1, and I'm guessing that upgrading them will involve the same process as that for Win 7. For now, they are running smoothly, and I read that support will continue until the end of 2022, so I'm not sure if I will be upgrading them.
 

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Bree

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I've just done a rebuild from Win 7 to Win 10, using the Win 7 Licence, you can do an upgrade in a similar way, can you do this free for Win 8 / Win 8.1?
Yes, you can upgrade W8/8.1 to W10 and it will be activated.

In fact, for a machine built and supplied by the OEM with W8/8.1 pre-installed it's even easier. All such machines have the key embedded in their firmware. A clean install of W10 will find this key and will not ask you to enter one, instead it will use this key to determine the appropriate edition to install (Home or Pro) and to get it activated once W10 it is installed.

Is there a tutorial, or just use the Win 7 10 Win 10 one?
The Ten Forums W7 to W10 tutorial was written specifically with W7 users in mind. With W8's ability to mount ISO files there are more options available. This Ten Forums tutorial covers them all.

Upgrade to Windows 10

When is Microsoft stopping support on Win 8 / 8.1?
Windows 8 is not supported, only Windows 8.1 gets support. Extended support for W8.1 ends January 10, 2023.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet
 

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stevec59

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Thanks Bree, It looks like Mainstream support has ended for Windows 8.1, I presume that Mainsteam is home users etc and Extended is for large companies?
I'll talk to the chap over the road and see if he wants me to upgrade his laptop for him.

Thanks Again,

Steve
 

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Bree

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Thanks Bree, It looks like Mainstream support has ended for Windows 8.1, I presume that Mainsteam is home users etc and Extended is for large companies?
No, not at all. Mainstream support includes feature development, while extended support is only security fixes. But extended support is provided free to all customers. Non-security fixes are a paid-for option during extended support but the security fixes are free to all.

Look at the example of Windows 7. Its extended support will end in January 2020. Mainstream support for W7 ended on January 13, 2015.

Microsoft said:
Extended Support

The Extended Support phase follows Mainstream Support. At the supported service pack level, Extended Support includes:
  • Paid support
  • Security updates at no additional cost
  • Ability to request non-security fixes for select products, for eligible Unified Support customers.
 
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