Still haven’t upgraded to Windows 10? Here’s a new work around

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is here, and it’s no longer possible for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to take advantage of the free upgrade that ran from 2015 to July 29, 2016. Well, no longer possible is not exactly correct because there are ways around Microsoft’s great wall of blockage.

If you haven’t yet upgraded to Windows 10 and looking to do so very soon, then we recommend following this guideright here. Apparently, just rolling back the clock should be good enough to get folks up and running with the Anniversary Update.

Now, if Microsoft blocks that option, there’s another that might work. Here’s the thing, you’ll need to have a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key. From what we have come to understand, computer users will need to download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update ISO, and when installing, just add their Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key and everything should work just fine.

We’re not surprised folks are coming across new ways to install Windows 10, and we believe the software giant is letting this happen on purpose. After all, Windows 10 only commands around 21% of the PC market with Windows 7 with over 40%, according the latest Net Market Share data.

Microsoft has also announced that it won’t be able to have 1 billion devices on the market with Windows 10 installed by 2018. The company blames this on Windows 10 Mobile, but the desktop operating system should be blamed as well seeing as Windows 7 users are not upgrading as much as expected.

What Microsoft has to say about the work around?

Mary Jo Foley from ZDNet spoke with the company, and the following statement was issued:

Users upgrading their PC for the first time will need to enter a Windows 10 product key. Users who’ve previously installed Windows 10 on their PC should activate successfully with a digital entitlement when reinstalling Windows 10 on that PC.

Notice anything wrong? That’s right, nowhere in the statement Microsoft mentioned the work around options and if it plans on putting an end to them any time soon.


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