Five months after the official end of Microsoft’s program, you may still be able to get your free Windows 10 upgrade
Did you miss out on your free Windows 10 upgrade? If you couldn’t decide whether Windows 10 was an upgrade you wanted, or if you just procrastinated beyond the July 29th deadline, you may have another chance to get your free upgrade. The upgrade is still only available to users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 systems. If you don’t have one of these qualifying systems, the process won’t work.
If you do have a qualifying system, and are now ready to upgrade to Windows 10, there are reportedly two “loopholes” that allow you to perform the upgrade. Microsoft is aware of these loopholes, but, for whatever reason, has chosen not to close them – yet!
Loophole #1: Upgrading based on your need for “Assistive Technologies”. If you require screen magnification software to read your screen, or some other “aid” to help you use your computer to its fullest, Microsoft has left the door open for upgrading to Windows 10, which has superior accessibility technologies built-in. Just visit Microsoft’s Accessibility website, download the program on that page, and perform the update. Microsoft does not verify that you actually need the accessibility tools, so that’s one way to get your update.
Loophole #2: Use your valid Windows 7 or 8.1 product key during the Windows 10 installation or activation process. During the period when the free upgrade was offered, Microsoft automatically retrieved this key from your computer and performed the upgrade. Now, you must provide this information manually – but it can be done, as long as Microsoft leaves this option available.
For more information about these methods, you can read the original article. As usual, if you require assistance, call your IT support contact, or if you don’t have one, you can contact me.
Jack Eisenberg is the owner of Safe and Secure Computing