MSFT Stock: Windows 10 FREE update: You can still Download Microsoft’s pricey upgrade – but DON’T wait

Microsoft users who want to download Windows 10 for FREE may have believed that they needed to upgrade before Christmas if they wanted to avoid paying the full price of the opperating system update.Technically speaking, the Windows 10 free upgrade offer from Microsoft ended on July 29 2016. That’s what Microsoft officially said.
But since that date passed there have been a number of ways in which PC owners could still download and upgrade to Windows 10 without paying a penny.

However, Tech Radar has discovered that it’s still possible to upgrade for free via the assistive technology route.

This was suppossed to run out at the end of 2017, but Tech Radar has reported that it’s still a valid way to upgrade.

“According to Ghacks, and other sources including readers who tipped MS Power User, you can fire up that file [the Windows 10 upgrade executable] and still upgrade, so you haven’t missed the boat yet,” Tech Radar report.

The popular technology website also warns that there might be a slight caveat with this method:

“You may run into an error message during the upgrade process, but this is easily fixed as discussed by Ghacks (essentially, you have to copy a specific DLL file across).”

What isn’t in doubt is that this way of upgrading could stop working any second, so don’t hang about if you’re yet to do so.

The assistive technologies upgrade is meant for those who will use Windows 10’s accessibility features.But as we’ve explained before, Microsoft hasn’t specified exactly what sort of assistive technology people would have to use in order to qualify for this free Windows 10 download.Which is good news for anyone wanting to upgrade because it means there’s a broad spectrum of users who could potentially qualify for the scheme.

For those curious, assistive technology includes built-in features such as Narrator and Magnifier as well as numerous keyboard shortcuts, as well as the on-screen keyboard.

It’s also worth noting that you can also get your completely free Windows 10 upgrade if you have a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key to enter into the Windows 10 installer.

Whilst this might be an unofficial route in order to download and upgrade to Window’s 10 – one that Microsoft has never actually acknowledged – it’s still (rather surprisingly) still an option some users can exploit.

According to some tests done by it’s still possible to use an unused Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key as a means to installing Windows 10.That’s more than two years after Microsoft first enabled the feature!First of all, you need to download the Windows 10 Setup media which always provides the latest version of the Microsoft Operating System.

Right now that would be Windows 10 version 1709. This is perhaps better known as the Fall Creators Update.

After this you can perform a clean install of the OS of any PC, and then all that’s left to do is activate it.

To do this, you can enter an unused retail Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 product key.

Remarkably though, despite the fact that Windows 10 has been free in some form or another for the past year, it’s not the most prominent Windows OS.

According to the latest figures from NetMarketShare, Windows 7 is used the most by PC users and is still streaks ahead of Windows 10.

“Windows 10 is edging closer to Windows 7’s usage share, but it still has a way to go until it overtakes it,” explained

“The latest numbers show Windows 10 putting on a growth spurt to take its share from 29.86 percent to 31.95 percent, an increase of 2.09 percentage points.

“That increase didn’t come at the expense of Windows 7 though.

“The aging OS held its ground, and actually grew 0.07 percentage points in November. It now has a share of 43.12 percent.”

According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who was addressing shareholders earlier this month, Windows 10 is now on 600 million devices as we head into the end of the year.


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