Microsoft ends assistive technologies offer to get free upgrade to Windows 10

Posted 02 November 2017 19:28 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

After the 31st of December this year there is one less possibility left to upgrade Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers to Windows 10. Microsoft will end the offer for users who require assistive technologies to upgrade to Microsoft’s latest OS for free.

Until now this was also a way for anyone who wanted a free upgrade to Windows 10, as the upgrade could be performed by anyone. The other methods left are the use of the Media Creation Tool and installing a clean version of Windows 10 and activating it with a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license key.

Windows 10 has now been released about 2.5 years ago. The OS was released on the 29th of July 2015. To get more users on the OS, Microsoft offered Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users the ability to upgrade for free in the first year after the release. The company used all kinds of methods to get users on Windows 10, some were so aggressive that it became a major annoyance which was complained about a lot on websites and social media.

After the initial free year, users found other ways of upgrading for free, of which the free upgrade offer for users who require assistive technologies, was one of the few left.

User want to migrate to Window 10 after the 31st of December 2017 can purchase Windows 10 Home for $119 and Windows 10 Pro for $199 in the Microsoft store.

Related content