Microsoft ends last free Windows 10 upgrade possibility by 31st of December this year

Posted 25 December 2017 12:58 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who want to upgrade to Windows 10 for free have about one week before Microsoft ends one of the last free upgrade possibilities. The free upgrade offer for users who require ‘assistive technologies’, but which could be used by anyone, will end of the 31st of December.

The actual, limited, free period to upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 ended at the 29th of July 2016. Before that time, Microsoft aggressively tried to convince Windows 7 and Window 8.1 users to upgrade.

Nevertheless, the company left some options for users who didn’t want to, or were unable to, upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Microsoft never advertised those possibilities but they quickly spread on the internet.

One of them was the free upgrade for users who require assistive technologies, such as users with visual impairments.Windows 10 comes many features that can assist those users, such as Narrator, which describes Windows and apps and enables users to interact with them without viewing a screen. Many features were already introduced in earlier versions of Windows, except the beta version of ‘Read in Braille’ of which the beta was added with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

This free upgrade possibility will now end on the last day of this year.

In 2018, the only known option to get Windows 10 for free is using a existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 license key. However that only works with a clean install, an upgrade of the existing system is no longer possible.

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