December 7, 2023

Should you’ve been holding out on upgrading to Home windows 11 from Home windows 7 or 8, you’ve simply misplaced your free window as Microsoft has lastly pulled the plug on the years-long deal that allow Home windows 7 and eight customers improve to the newest model of its working system free of charge.

The deal, which has been in impact for a number of years now, initially let customers improve to Home windows 10 after which improve to Home windows 11 afterward, all for completely free. Final month, although, Microsoft introduced that it will finish the pipeline that allow customers transfer freely from Home windows 7 to Home windows 11.

The Verge has now confirmed this alteration and reported that Home windows 7 keys not labored to activate the product. The customers may set up it however couldn’t activate it fully, locking them out of important Home windows options within the course of. 

Microsoft Defender on Home windows 11. Picture supply: Microsoft

This pipeline has been in impact since 2015 when Home windows 10 was launched. When Microsoft dropped Home windows 11 in 2021, it additionally prolonged the choice to improve freely to Home windows 7 and eight customers. Microsoft even prolonged the provide to customers who had pirated Home windows 7, permitting them to improve to an genuine model of the working system.

Now, after eight complete years of providing that improve pipeline, Microsoft has lastly referred to as it quits. It’s truthfully stunning that it lasted so long as it did, to be trustworthy, as Microsoft initially solely deliberate the free improve interval to final for one 12 months. However it shortly prolonged to 2, after which three, due to some loopholes that customers have been capable of reap the benefits of.

Loopholes apart, the choice to improve to Home windows 11 freely from Home windows 7 and eight is now fully gone. If you wish to add the newest Microsoft working system to your Home windows PC, you’ll must buy a license the old style means. Home windows 10 customers can nonetheless improve to Home windows 11 free of charge.