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Get Windows 10 for Your Organization

Windows 10 became available for download through the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) on August 3, 2015. For the first year it was available, Microsoft offered a free upgrade. Since that offer came to an end, these are now the ways that your organization can get Windows 10.

If You Have Active Software Assurance, Use It to Get Your Free Upgrade

If you have active Software Assurance, it's important to upgrade through the VLSC rather than through Microsoft's other upgrade routes. Why? Upgrading through the VLSC is the only way to get Windows 10 Enterprise and keep your Software Assurance benefits — like access to e-learning courses. Even if you don't use the Enterprise edition currently, you'll keep your license rights to that edition if you want to upgrade from Pro to Enterprise later on.

If you requested a Windows upgrade license through TechSoup in the last two years, you have active Software Assurance for that license, and you'll be able to download the upgrade for free. See our instructions for downloading software from the VLSC.

If You Don't Have Active Software Assurance, Request a License Through TechSoup

If you're a nonprofit or library that's eligible for Microsoft donations through TechSoup but you don't have Windows upgrade licenses with active Software Assurance, the easiest way to get a donation of Windows 10 Enterprise is to request a Windows Operating System Upgrade license through TechSoup.

If you don't have an operating system that's eligible for an upgrade license, you might be eligible to request a Windows Pro Full Operating System — Get Genuine license first to obtain Windows 10 Pro. Then you can request an upgrade license through TechSoup to get the Enterprise edition.

Summary of Windows 10 Upgrade Options for Nonprofits

Refer to the table below to learn how to upgrade to Windows 10.

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Windows 7 Starter or Home or Windows 8.1 Standard edition and want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise

Home editions of Windows aren't eligible for Windows upgrade licenses through TechSoup. You'll need to request a Windows Pro Full Operating System – Get Genuine license through TechSoup and download Windows 10 Pro software from the VLSC.

If you want Windows 10 Enterprise, you'll need to request a Windows Operating System Upgrade license in addition to the full operating system license.

Windows 7 or 8.1 Pro and want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro

If you have active Software Assurance you can download Windows 10 Pro from the VLSC and maintain your Software Assurance benefits.

If you don't have active Software Assurance, you can request a Windows Operating System Upgrade license through TechSoup and download Windows 10 Pro from the VLSC.

Windows 7 or 8.1 Pro and want to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise

If you have active Software Assurance you can download Windows 10 Enterprise from the VLSC and maintain your Software Assurance benefits.

If you don't have active Software Assurance, you can request a Windows Operating System Upgrade license through TechSoup and download Windows 10 Enterprise from the VLSC.

Windows 7 or 8.1 Enterprise and want to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise

If you have active Software Assurance you can download Windows 10 Enterprise from the VLSC and maintain your Software Assurance benefits.

If you don't have active Software Assurance, you can request a Windows Operating System Upgrade license through TechSoup and download Windows 10 Enterprise from the VLSC.

Windows 7 or 8.1 Enterprise and want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro

If you have active Software Assurance you can download Windows 10 Pro from the VLSC and maintain your Software Assurance benefits.

If you don't have active Software Assurance, you can request a Windows Operating System Upgrade license through TechSoup and download Windows 10 Pro from the VLSC.

Windows Vista Enterprise, Business, or Ultimate; Windows XP Professional or Tablet PC; Windows 2000 Professional; Windows NT Workstation 4.0; or Windows 98 SE and want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise Request a Windows Operating System Upgrade license through TechSoup and download Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise from the VLSC.
An unlicensed operating system; the Home Premium, Home Basic, or Starter editions of Windows Vista; the Home or Starter editions of Windows XP; Linux, FreeDOS, or other operating systems and want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro Request a Windows Pro Full Operating System – Get Genuine license through TechSoup and download Windows 10 Pro software from the VLSC.