Windows 7 key loophole closed by Microsoft: What does it mean for your business?

Ben Daniels  
| 9 October 2023

In a recent development, Microsoft has taken steps to close a longstanding loophole that allowed users to upgrade from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10 for free. The decision underlines Microsoft’s commitment towards channelling users to obtain genuine licenses, ensuring a seamless and secure user experience. This news can be found detailed in an official announcement from Microsoft.

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Microsoft’s free upgrade offer for Windows 10 / 11 ended July 29, 2016. The installation path to obtain the Windows 7 / 8 free upgrade is now removed as well. Upgrades to Windows 11 from Windows 10 are still free.

For many, especially refurbishers, this move may present an initial hurdle. However, as one of the world’s largest Microsoft Authorized Refurbishers, we have tailored a solution to not only navigate this new change but to thrive amidst it. Our platform is designed specifically for refurbishers, offering a simplified process for obtaining genuine Microsoft product keys. Unlike traditional methods, our system eradicates the need for on-premises hardware, and instead provides an easy-to-use website for purchasing and managing your digital keys, whilst remaining compliant with the official Microsoft Refurbisher program.

By using SMART, refurbishers can acquire genuine product keys for Windows 10 and 11, ensuring their refurbished products are running securely and efficiently. Moreover, our genuine keys are affordably priced, providing a more cost-effective solution compared to non-genuine or retail keys.

In light of the recent loophole closure, ensuring the genuineness of your Windows 10 license is now more critical than ever. Transitioning to SMART for your product key needs is a prudent step towards securing genuine licenses, adhering to Microsoft’s licensing terms, and ultimately, fostering a trustworthy and secure refurbishing ecosystem.

We invite you to explore SMART for a seamless transition to genuine product keys, allowing you to remain genuine and save both time and money.

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