Microsoft released Windows 10 in 2015 and at the time, the Redmond Company announced a free upgrade offer that ran for a whole year.
There are those people who rarely go for software products when they are still in their initial stages for obvious reasons, but there are those who actually wait for other user opinions before they can actually get something. Furthermore, there’s that group that was always happy with using their current OS, be it Windows 7 or Windows 8 and this meant that they never felt the need or rather desire to make the shift to the new Windows 10 OS, even with the free upgrade offer in place.
Two years since the OS came out, there’s no doubt that there are lots of issues that are usually associated with early versions of software which have now been dealt with, ensuring that Windows 10 is now in a much more stable state than a year or so ago. This, as expected, has now grown the desire for the new OS to grow, but sadly, the free upgrade offer ended last year. Or maybe not!
In order to get a new copy of Windows 10, you’ll have to pay for it. But there’s still a way you can get the free version with a fully activated digital license. As long as your current version 7 or 8.1 is fully activated, you don’t have to worry about the product key, but there’s a catch.
When Microsoft ended the free Windows 10 upgrade program, it left behind the offer for those using assistive technologies on their computers. By assistive technologies, we are talking about things like the on-screen keyboard, narrator or even high contract desktop theme, features that were not fully functional when the initial free upgrade program was available.
Now that the latest version of Windows 10 has these features in their best-performing states, the company feels that those who depend on them might now be ready to upgrade to the new OS, which is why the free upgrade offer is still available for this group. The good side of the story, however, is that Microsoft won’t ask you anywhere if you use any of these technologies, which means that anyone – including those who have nothing to do with assistive technologies – can still get the free Windows 10 upgrade.
I’ve done it on a PC that was using Windows 7 Pro and as we speak, the device has an activated version of Windows 10 Pro running the show. Nothing has changed compared to the initial free upgrade and in fact, it seems the same upgrade tool is still in use.
To get the new Windows 10 free upgrade, go to the company’s Windows 10 upgrade page and click on the Upgrade Now button. An Upgrade Assistant program will be downloaded to your PC, where you’ll have to run it in order to start the whole process. Agree to the terms before continuing and click through the wizard, where it will check if the device has compatible hardware before beginning the automatic download and upgrade process to Windows 10.
When done, the digital license will be available for you so that you can still use it in future whenever you still like starting all over again with the same OS. Note that you have 30 days to decide whether you want to go back to the previous Windows 7 or 8.1, but you will still have this digital license with you just in case you change your mind in future and feel like getting back to Windows 10.