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Windows 10 Free Upgrade Notes

It is recommended to install Windows 10 Version 1709 (September 2017 Media Refresh).

  • Windows 10 Version 1709 installation media works for all Windows 7 OEM Licenses, Windows 8 OEM Licenses, Windows 8.1 OEM Licenses as well as Windows 10 OEM Licenses.
    • Windows 10 was meant to be a Free Upgrade from the 29th of July 2015 to 29th of July 2016. There was also an Extended Accessibility Program which Ended on the 16th of January 2018. Despite the passing of these Deadlines all Activation Mechanisms Still Work.
  • Note also that Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 have all reached End of Mainstream support.


Windows 10 Version 1709

Build 16299 “Fall Creator’s Update”/”Redstone 3”

Automatically inputs keys from all Windows 8 OEM, Windows 8.1 OEM and Windows 10 OEM licenses from mainstream OEMs.

Accepts manually input keys from all Windows 7 OEM licenses.

Installation Guide – Download and Clean Install (from Windows)

Installation Guides – Download and Upgrade Install (from Windows)

The Upgrade Install only works for a system running Windows 7, Windows 8.x or an earlier build of Windows 10. Upgrade Installs are not supported on Windows Vista.

Installation Guides – Download and Clean Install (from Linux)

Windows 7

Variant A – Downloading installation media from Dell (Dell Systems with OEM Licenses)

Variant B – Downloading installation media from Microsoft (Retail and Non-Dell OEMs)

End of Life Windows Operating Systems

Windows 8.0 Reached End of Life in January 2016. There is a Free Upgrade to Windows 10 (recommended) or Windows 8.1 see Download a Windows 8.1 OEM or Retail .iso.

Windows Vista Reached End of Life in April 2017. Late Windows Vista systems are eligible for a Free Upgrade to Windows 7 OEM which is in turn eligible for a Free Upgrade to Windows 10 OEM. Windows Vista OEM to Windows 7 OEM to Windows 10 OEM.

Windows XP Reached End of Life in April 2014. There is no Free Upgrade to Windows 10 and your hardware is probably over a Decade old in need of replacement. Unofficial Windows XP .iso Downloads are available here.

Virtualisation of Windows and Connectivity to Legacy Specialist Hardware

I have wrote detailed guides which instruct on the setup of Windows 98, Windows XP and Windows 7 using a Virtual Machine as well as the connection of Legacy hardware via USB or Serial Ports. See Virtualisation of Windows using VMware.

About These Guides

All these guides are made by myself Dr Philip Yip. These guides are not official Dell documentation and they should be classified as unofficial self-help Installation Guides. I do not work for Dell but I am recognised by Dell as an expert in Windows Installation on Dell systems. I have volunteered on the Dell Community Forums since 2007. These guides and my posts are not a channel of official support although i do try to help where possible. Despite my Windows Installation Guides having >11 million views I am not recognised by Microsoft as a Windows Installation Expert.

Dr Philip Yip (PhD in Biophysics)


Your OEM Product Keys

Windows 10 Version 1709 Installation mMedia is multi-Edition and will automatically input the SLP key from the MSDM for all the following OEM licenses:

Win10Home Win8Home Win8Bingwin10Pro Win8Pro

This installation media will also accept the Windows 7 Product Key from the COA:

Windows 7 COA

For more details about your Product Key see:

The following is just a demonstration proving that Windows 7 OEM and Windows 8.x OEM keys still act as Windows 10 OEM keys as you may be told elsewhere that the Free Upgrade is over:

Feedback for Microsoft

I’ve put together the top issues I’ve had regarding Windows Installation. In order for these issues to be put on Microsoft’s radar so they can amend them please up vote them: