Everyone wants something for nothing, but fortunately Windows 10 is one of those situations where you might actually be able to get it. Microsoft wants to put the new operating system onto as many machines as possible, so there are a number of ways to get Windows 10 without paying a dime.
Let me upgrade you
If you already bought, or own a machine with Windows 7 or 8/8.1 on it, you’re automatically eligible for an upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Either way, you’ll download the update through the standard Windows Update procedure, and from there you’ll be able to install the new OS without deleting your data or software.
To ensure you’ll get the upgrade when it goes live, simply click the button for the Windows 10 app that should already be in your start menu. You can use the app to reserve your copy of
If you don’t have a copy of Windows 7 or 8/8.1 already installed on your device, there’s another option for moving to the latest Windows without opening your wallet, but there’s a catch.
If you’re already using Windows 10 via the Insider preview program, you won’t technically get the retail version of
If you aren’t already a Windows Insider, you can join the program by heading over to the Insider page. You’ll be using pre-release software for the life of the device, but at this point Windows 10 is a fairly evolved OS, and you shouldn’t experience any major hangups or bugs. Probably.
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