Tuesday , November 24 2020

Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 today – Engadget, Engadget


        

          

                                       

So to make sure you’ve got adequate protection, you need to upgrade your OS. Back in Microsoft made upgrades from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 free for the first year, but while itofficially endedthe Windows free upgrade offer in December there is a loophole that means you can still get your hands on it for nothing – providing you have a legit Windows 7 or 8.1 license.

As reported byWindows Latest, users can download and run the Media Creation Tool, and then enter their existing product key if prompted. Once upgraded, you’ll have a digital license to Windows that will be verified when you connect to the internet. Over onReddit, a self-proclaimed Microsoft engineer stated that the original free upgrade deal was “fully marketing fluff,” and that Microsoft would rather folk upgrade via the loophole than not at all, because then they’ll at least have an up-to-date OS – and subsequently, better protection.

So it seems that Microsoft is not particularly troubled by the loophole. However, asWindows Latestreiterates, a successful activation of Windows is not the same as a legal license, so you could technically be violating licensing agreements by using a Windows 7 product key for Windows (**************************************************************. ********                       

        

      

        

          

                  

                         

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