The offer for those who need assistive technology is ending at the end of 2017.
The free Windows 10 upgrade officially ended in July 2016, but it appears Windows 7 and 8.1 users can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free, thanks to a loophole Microsoft left open – although it’s closing soon.
The free Windows 10 upgrade is still available for those who need assistive technology (or those prepared to pretend they do), but that offer is ending at the end of the year.
An FAQ on the Windows 10 upgrade site explains: “The accessibility upgrade offer expires on December 31, 2017.”
If you want to make use of Microsoft’s Windows 10 assistive technologies you need to make sure you’re running an eligible version of Windows. The upgrade only applies to those running Windows 7 Home or Home Premium with Service Pack 1 or higher or Windows 8.1. Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise and Windows RT/RT 8.1 are all excluded from the free upgrade.
If you qualify for Windows 10, head to the Windows 10 free upgrade for assistive technologies page, click “Upgrade Now” and launch the EXE file that downloads to your PC.
Then follow the instructions, while making sure you have a reliable internet connection as Microsoft’s tool needs to download some extra bits and bobs.
See our Windows 10 installation guide for more details on preparing for (don’t forget to back up!) and going through the process.