How to Get A Windows 10 Exam for Free


Been playing with Windows 10? Want to be among the first to get certified in it?

Earn your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification in Windows 8 between February 15, 2015, and May 31, 2015, and you’ll be eligible to take a Windows 10 exam (Exam 697) for free when it’s published later this year! The Windows 8 MCSA covers Windows 8.1, so you’ll be current and ready to move to Windows 10.

Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Prove what you know. Earn your MCSA: Windows 8 certification by choosing one of the paths below:

    • Certified in Windows XP? Take Exam 692
    • Certified in Windows 7? Take Exam 689
    • Starting fresh? Take Exam 687 and Exam 688

Step 2: When the Windows 10 Exam 697 is available (expected in the second half of 2015), sign in to and register for the exam for free.

Get more details about this offer now.

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  • Roel Janssens
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    I'm already certified as a MCSA Windows 8 (Charter Member), what are my options? Do I maybe get an invite for the beta for 697? Running Windows 10 for months now!

  • Helmer Zandbergen
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    Me too@ I'm MCSA Windows 8 (Charter Member). Let's hope we will get a 'beta-invite' for the exam at least... :)

  • Veronica Sopher - Microsoft
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    Please visit the offer details page for the full terms and conditions.

  • Danny van Dam
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    What about MCITP Enterprise support Technician on Windows Vista? Is there an upgrade path for that?  :-)

  • Helmer Zandbergen
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    Eh....the terms are known, but it would be great if the peers who are already totally Windows 8 certified could also attend the exam....wouldn't it?

  • Khalid Mostafa
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    I just wanted to inform you that the exams links are not working.

    you have to remove "wwwstaging.dns."

  • Konstantin Oboladze
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    As i understand after Certification of 687 and 688 you will get free exam for Windows 10?

    am i right?

  • Veronica Sopher - Microsoft
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    @Konstantin - You have to achieve your MCSA: Windows 8 between February 15 and May 31, 2015, in order to qualify for the free Windows 10 exam offer.  Please read the terms and conditions at

  • ImmoRhys
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    It makes a lot more sense to open this 'promotion' to Charter certified people, rather than those who are just starting to look at Windows 8/8.1.

    The early adopters are the ones who can analyze the exams the best, as they know the products the best (as above, they are already using it), which hopefully will raise the quality of the final exam to acceptable (something nobody could claim your current exams are). They are the ones that know the product much, much better than the people writing the exam.

    In terms of Server 10/2015/Modern?, I'd expect to be able to register for the Beta MCSA update exam, as I'm Charter for Server 2012. I studied Rick's videos, learnt the features.

    It makes a lot more sense than deciding 3 years after a product came out to sit an exam in an End of Life product, like Windows 8.1 will be by the end of this year.

    I understand you're desperately trying to get people onboard for the newly released upgrade exams, but they are honestly just too late, and even the concept of an XP to 8.1 upgrade exam I personally find a little amusing.

  • Helmer Zandbergen
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    Totally agree with you @ImmoRhys! Any news yet Veronica, thought you would look into that option...?

  • Tommy Beck Kobberoe (Regional Lead - Denmark)

    @ImmoRhys: You write: "It makes a lot more sense than deciding 3 years after a product came out to sit an exam in an End of Life product, like Windows 8.1 will be by the end of this year."

    Are you sure about that? I don't see an EOL on 8.1, only on 8

  • Eranda Keerthi
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    I also passed 70-687: Configuring Windows 8.1. can I apply for windows 10 certification?

  • Barry
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    you need the 70-688 as well before you will qualify

  • Sharry Thakur
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    I Passed MTA 98-364 Database fundamentals, plz tell me what exam i have to appear in next?

  • sanjay behera
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    I Sanjaya Kumar Behera  Successfully completed Microsoft(R) Certified Technology Specialist .Net Framework 4, Web Application.

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