Missed out on your chance to upgrade your old version of Windows to Windows 10? Well, believe it or not, Microsoft still left a door open for people to get in on Windows 10 pretty easily. Follow along below and we’ll show you how to take advantage of the upgrade.
Getting the Windows 10 Upgrade
Microsoft lets customers who use assistive technologies upgrade to Windows 10 for free at any time. While the company may have stopped the free upgrade for the general public, anyone who uses assistive technologies can snag it for free. However, Microsoft doesn’t require any proof, so just about anyone can still hit the “Upgrade Now” button and download it for free.
A Microsoft spokesperson did provide this statement to ZDNet in late July of 2016:
“As we shared earlier, we’ve extended the free upgrade offer for those who use assistive technology as we continue to make accessibility improvements to Windows 10, including many coming in the Anniversary Update, which is available after the free upgrade offer ends. See the Microsoft Accessibility blog here for more details. We are not restricting the free upgrade offer to specific assistive technologies. If you use assistive technology on Windows, you are eligible for the free upgrade offer. That said, it is not intended to be a workaround for people who don’t use assistive technology and who missed the deadline for the free offer.”
I’ve personally tested it, and it definitely doesn’t require any proof for using assitive technologies, so once again, just about anyone can download it. And like the spokesperson said, it’s not intended as a workaround — it’s honestly here for those who need it. But, if too many people start taking advantage of it, it’s quite possible that it’s a loophole Microsoft could close in the coming weeks or months.
The one downside is that the upgrade has to be done online. You can’t download it and throw it on a USB drive — it’s all done over the Internet.
So, to grab the update, head to the Microsoft Accessibility Windows 10 Upgrade page and select the big “Upgrade Now” button. It’ll begin downloading the installer straight away. From there, the install wizard will take you step-by-step on successfully upgrading your system to Windows 10.
When does it end?
Microsoft ended the free upgrade to Windows 10 for consumers on July 29, 2016, almost a year ago now. They kept the free upgrade open to assisitive technology users, and so far, have no plans to end that free upgrade option. If they do end up deciding to shut the offer down, a public announcement will be made prior to that.
Like I said, there’s currently no plans for it to end, but as mentioned earlier, if too many people take advantage of the free offering, we could see Microsoft end the program or begin requiring proof of some sort for using assistive technologies.
After you install Windows 10, if you’re a first-time user, it’s really easy to get yourself started. But, if there’s things you’re still curious about, we’ve got a wide array of Tips & Tricks for Windows 10 that should help you in your everyday journey with the operating system.
All in all, this is really the only way you can snag Windows 10 for free. Otherwise, you’re going to have to pay full retail price for it, and while only $99 from some retailers, Windows 10 Home sits at $120 when you buy it straight from Microsoft. The Pro edition is a little pricier at $200. You can take a look at both at the link below.
If you have any trouble snagging the free upgrade through this loophole or have other questions about installing it, let us know in the comments section below or in the PCMech Forums!