How to install Windows 10 for free?

Microsoft gave Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users one year to migrate to Windows 10 for free.

If you have gone beyond this period know that it is always possible to do this by following our tips below. Otherwise, you can buy it from the Microsoft Store (from 145 €).

Get Windows 10 free

To install Windows 10 for free on your PC, follow the three steps in this tutorial.  

1. Product key windows 7, 8 and 8.1

With your Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 product key, you can download Microsoft Windows 10 installation media at no cost. Just enter your key when the one from Windows 10 is required.

Windows will tell you that it is enabled with a digital license, this is another method of authentication. You will then be free to reinstall Windows 10 on your desktop or laptop whenever you want.

We advise you to link your migration to your Microsoft account, this will allow you to easily reactivate Windows 10 on your PC if, in the meantime, you have changed its hardware configuration (motherboard, graphics …).

Indeed, if you do not connect it and Windows 10 makes important updates, then you will not be able to reactivate your digital license.

To do this, simply log in with a Microsoft account via Settings → Update & Security → Activation → Add Microsoft Account.

Otherwise, go to this Windows page to learn more.

2. Do not activate the activation key

Note that you can also download and install Windows 10 from the Microsoft site. The activation key will be required, but it is possible to skip this step and its reminder notifications.

This method goes against Microsoft’s terms of use, but it is useful if you need, for example, to create a virtual machine on Windows 10 or to test a program on that operating system.