Loophole Lets You Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free Even After Offer Expired
Microsoft’s free upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or 8.1 officially ended on July 29. Meaning, there is no longer an official way to upgrade to Windows 10 for free; however, there is a new loophole making the rounds on the Internet that could give you access to the company’s latest OS beyond the now-expired offer period.
Microsoft is still allowing Windows 7 and 8.1 users to upgrade for free if they rely on assistive technologies, such as magnification, speech recognition, or a mouse requiring less dexterity. Back in May, Redmond announced that it would waive the the July deadline for those using such technologies, for an undetermined period of time.
For the general public, the free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ends on July 29. However, if you use assistive technologies, you can still get the free upgrade offer even after the general public deadline expires as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we’ve taken a number of steps to improve the accessibility of Windows 10 accessibility.
Accessibility features in Windows 10 include:
- Using Magnifier to see items on the screen;
- Using text or visual alternative to sounds;
- Using the On-Screen Keyboard (OSK) to type;
- Using Keyboard shortcuts;
- Hearing text read aloud with Narrator;
- Making your PC easier to use with Ease of Access Settings;
- Saving time with keyboard shortcuts;
- Use Speech Recognition to control your PC
All you have to do is download an EXE file from Microsoft’s accessibility site, run it and you should be eligible to upgrade your copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 without any checks.
As said earlier, there is no deadline set for users of assistive technologies, but the offer could be ended at any time. So if missed the deadline earlier, lose no time to get yourself a free copy of Windows 10 using this method.
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