Microsoft has been offering free upgrades to Windows 10 and Windows 11 with working product keys of Windows 7 and Windows 8 ever since Windows 10 was launched in 2015. You can even activate Windows 10/11 using the keys of its previous versions. Now, Microsoft has ended this support, and Windows 7/8 users will not be able to upgrade to Windows 10 > Windows 11 for free.
Microsoft ends free Windows 10/11 upgrades for Windows 7/8 users
Windows users have been activating and upgrading to Windows 10 and Windows 11 with the product keys of Windows 7 and Windows 8. This was a good way to get free upgrades to the latest OS. Microsoft is now ending the support to offer free upgrades for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users even if they have a valid product key.
The free upgrade offer that lets users upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 OS to Windows 10 officially ended on July 29. 2016. Microsoft has now removed the installation path to obtain the Windows 7/8 free upgrade. You can no longer get Windows 10/11 with the keys of Windows 7/8.
Your system must meet the minimum system requirements to upgrade to Windows 11. If you have Windows 10 on your PC and looking to upgrade to Windows 11, you can still upgrade it for free.
Microsoft has not removed this support. It only ended free upgrades for Windows 7/8 users.