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How to Get Windows 10 for Free (or Under $30)

Pointing to ways to get Windows 10 for free — or least cheaper.  (Image credit: Anton Watman/Shutterstock)

You can spend thousands on components for building a PC, but it won’t boot without an operating system (OS). Linux is a viable option, but most prefer Windows because it runs all their favorite software, including the latest games. Windows 11 isn’t here yet, but fortunately, you can get Windows 10 for free or cheap — if you know where to look.

Getting hold of the Windows installer is as easy as visiting support.microsoft.com. Whether you’ve paid for Windows 10 already or not, anyone is allowed to download a Windows 10 ISO file and burn it to a DVD or create installation media on a USB drive for free. Once that’s done, you can boot from your installation media and load Windows 10 onto your PC. During installation, Microsoft asks for an activation key. You can skip it, but eventually, Windows will start alerting you that your install isn’t activated.

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