Two years after Windows 8.1 was released, then came the released of Microsoft's new OS Windows 10 in 2015, to be exact on July 29. When the new upgrade was released, as a promotion, Microsoft allowed users with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 license for a free upgrade. Since upgrading to Windows 10 at that time costs nothing, that promotion for a free upgrade offer ended in 2017. Although there is still a way to upgrade to Windows 10 even if the free upgrade offer has already ended. At times, a product key is not required and the digital license is all it takes to activate and you're good to go. Upgrading to Windows 10 is important if you want a more updated operating system to speed up your work. Microsoft is encouraging Windows 7 users to do an upgrade to the new Windows 10 now that the company has already ended in January 2020 for the support for Windows 7 . Since Microsoft company removed the promotional site for free upgrade offer, it still continues to activate Windows 10 licenses for users who are already on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 Before performing the steps below to get free upgrade to a new Windows 10 system, you need to prepare your computer first to prevent it from being blocked from upgrading. Here are some of a few things to do before installing Windows 10 for free: Make sure to install the latest hardware drivers on your Computer. This means that your Audio Drivers, Network Drivers, USB drivers and Graphic drivers are up to date. Most of the time, drivers that are old and not updated tend to block the new upgrade of your Windows.Flash Drives, External Storage Drives and other USB and Media devices connected or plugged in to your USB ports should be disconnected or unplug. These devices can interfere and is known to block the upgrade to win 10 and prevent it from installing correctly. Installation errors usually occurs during the set up process wherein there might be a confusion on these drives.Make sure to uninstall your current antivirus software or third party security software. Microsoft tends to block to new upgrades because of older version of antivirus software. Removing your antivirus software before upgrading prevents conflict with your Windows 10 upgrade. Once the new upgrade is done, you can then reinstall the antivirus software.Make sure that all important documents, apps and data are back up before doing the upgrade. Upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 could erase or delete your settings and apps. Although there is a an option to keep your files and data, but because of some differences between the two, it is not entirely possible to keep everything. Make sure to keep track on the apps that your usually use so it will be easy downloading the installers again. Moreover, the methods for upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 are basically the same, the only difference is that there is no need to wipe and erase apps and settings when doing the upgrade. Steps on how to upgrade for free to Windows 10 Important points to keep in mind: Windows 10 digital license is tied up to your hardware. This simply means that even if you reformat your PC, Windows 10 will automatically reactivates and you will still get the new windows upgrade for your PC.The use of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 product key only works when upgrading if your Windows product or license key is legit or genuine.The free digital license allows users to do a clean install of the new on your PC. Not only that, it also allows users to continue upgrading the current versions to new versions as well. And perhaps it can be potentially use to get a free upgrade for forthcoming versions.