Windows 10 Pro Upgrade

Patrick Kim
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Hi,

We are planning to upgrade windows 7 Pro to Windows 10 pro.

I have realised that Windows 10 pro volume license does not exist. I can only buy either OEM or digital license directly from Microsoft.

They only have Windows 10 E3 or E5 availble via CSP but not sure if I can convince the client to buy this as I think it's not needed. So about 30 PCs, if moving to windows 10 Pro with a digital license, they will cost a lot $339 AUD per license. I have upgraded one of the PCs to Windows 10 Pro using a media ISO tool from MS website and this PC shows it is activated. 

Some people say if activation says it is activated but it does not mean you have a license. I am not quite sure if there are any options. How do you guys upgrade your 7 pro machines to 10 pro?
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Windows 10 Pro upgrades are available via VL. Not sure why you don't think they are. If your distributor or preferred reseller doesn't carry them then you may need to shop around. But for your situation, that is probably the most economical legal path.
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Top Expert 2010

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Some people say if activation says it is activated but it does not mean you have a license. I am not quite sure if there are any options. How do you guys upgrade your 7 pro machines to 10 pro?

Technically, it is YES.

https://www.howtogeek.com/266072/you-can-still-get-windows-10-for-free-with-a-windows-7-8-or-8.1-key/

Legally, it is NO.

http://techgenix.com/free-windows-10-upgrade/

But, if you only manage up to 25 computers (which is unlikely), you can still upgrade for free from Windows 7 Professional to Windows 10 Professional by setting up a Microsoft 365 Business trial for up to 25 PCs on your network. Then when the trial period ends after 30 days you can terminate the trial (if you decide not to purchase a subscription) and your PCs which are now running Windows 10 Professional will remain in a properly licensed state.
Top Expert 2016

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But, if you only manage up to 25 computers (which is unlikely), you can still upgrade for free from Windows 7 Professional to Windows 10 Professional by setting up a Microsoft 365 Business trial for up to 25 PCs on your network. Then when the trial period ends after 30 days you can terminate the trial (if you decide not to purchase a subscription) and your PCs which are now running Windows 10 Professional will remain in a properly licensed state. No they won't they will become unactivated after 30 days

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