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FREE UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10: Assistive Technology Users Free Upgrade Still Available for Windows 10

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Timely reminder that you can still get Windows 10 for free as an upgrade. Microsoft ended their year long free Windows 10 upgrade program for consumer customers on 29 July 2016 just prior to the rele… Read More
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Timely reminder that you can still get Windows 10 for free as an upgrade.

Microsoft ended their year long free Windows 10 upgrade program for consumer customers on 29 July 2016 just prior to the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update in early August.

There is however, one group of customers that still have access to that free Windows 10 upgrade. If someone is on Windows 7 or 8.1 and they use Assistive Technologies then the upgrade is still accessible.

Just click the Microsoft Official link - there is no check that you are using Assistive Technology, it's just a free upgrade.
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Have never & will never upgrade to windows 10.
Far too many privacy issues.
Windows 10 will always be free for that reason

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#1
handy tip, thanks
#2
Thanks, will prove useful
#3
will it check your windows 7 to see if its an OEM serial number ?

I bought this used as a back-up computer , it originally had Vista , has windows 7 now but I have no paperwork on it

I would hate to see it bricked by Microsoft !
1 Like #4
redondo
will it check your windows 7 to see if its an OEM serial number ?
I bought this used as a back-up computer , it originally had Vista , has windows 7 now but I have no paperwork on it
I would hate to see it bricked by Microsoft !

no paperwork is needed to see if you have a legitimate copy of Windows installed

This PC ---> right click ---> Properties ---> brings up basic information about your computer

if it says 'Windows is activated' then your copy of Windows is legit

use Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder (free download) to get your Windows activation code/ product key in about 30 seconds, make a note of it in case anything goes wrong with the upgrade ---> if it did, you would just re-install W10 and use this product key to get W10 activated again by Microsoft

[there is no central file held by Microsoft of who owns which computer & its product key - each computer holds its own evidence of legitimacy]
1 Like #5
actually if anybody had a W7 or W8 operating system of doubtful provenance, this upgrade is a neat way to give yourself a 100% legit copy of W10

when you upgrade you will get a brand new unique product key XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX

people who have borrowed a W7 or W8 product key in the past, or bought one for a couple of quid, may find it activates at first then a few months later gets bricked (as redondo quaintly expressed it) when MS systems see it has been used additional times, eg when your dodgy seller sells the same product key to another chancer

nobody else will have your shiny new W10 product key
#6
What exactly is Assistive Technologies?

Edited By: coathanger on Oct 04, 2016 09:01
#7
coathanger
What exactly is Assistive Technologies?

pretty sure its something like the speech option in windows or accessibility options its referring to, but as the OP points out they don't seem to check.
3 Likes #8
Assistive technologies are used by people with varying disabilities, be they physical, speech/hearing impairment etc.

My main concern is that if so many people "claim" to use these technologies (which include screen readers, speech to text etc) without any legitimacy then Microsoft may decide to pull the plug thus depriving genuine disabled users - something I am sure none of us would applaud.
#9
Heat added. I will try it out this weekend. I have a legit windows 7
#10
This does work, no problems.
5 Likes #11
Have never & will never upgrade to windows 10.
Far too many privacy issues.
Windows 10 will always be free for that reason
1 Like #12
mtor609
Have never & will never upgrade to windows 10.
Far too many privacy issues.
Windows 10 will always be free for that reason

Apart from the fact it's not free, you mean? Windows Home is £99 and Windows Pro £130.
3 Likes #13
upgrading to windows10 removes dvd playback functionality without warning!!!!!!! ....I reinstalled win7 ultimate
#14
Deluxe1
upgrading to windows10 removes dvd playback functionality without warning!!!!!!! ....I reinstalled win7 ultimate
Windows 10 should keep DVD playback when performing an inline upgrade from Win7/8. If doing a clean install, you'll lose DVD playback but you should be able to restore it from your manufacturer's Win 7/8 restore DVD or sometimes from the manufacturer's website (I was able to do this for my HP laptop).
Also, you don't have to use the Assistive Technology download. Just download and install the stand alone Win 10 Anniversary KB update and it'll upgrade your Win 7/8 device to Win 10 (I've done this on at least 10 laptops so far).
1 Like #15
Deluxe1
upgrading to windows10 removes dvd playback functionality without warning!!!!!!! ....I reinstalled win7 ultimate

That is quickly solved by installing VLC or Kodi both of which can playback DVDs and both are free. And when I upgraded it did give me a warning that I would loose WMC and DVD playback under an "issues/compatibility" button (I forget the wording it was more than a year ago).

Edited By: redflash on Oct 04, 2016 16:20
#16
MPLP
Deluxe1
upgrading to windows10 removes dvd playback functionality without warning!!!!!!! ....I reinstalled win7 ultimate
Windows 10 should keep DVD playback when performing an inline upgrade from Win7/8. If doing a clean install, you'll lose DVD playback but you should be able to restore it from your manufacturer's Win 7/8 restore DVD or sometimes from the manufacturer's website (I was able to do this for my HP laptop).
Also, you don't have to use the Assistive Technology download. Just download and install the stand alone Win 10 Anniversary KB update and it'll upgrade your Win 7/8 device to Win 10 (I've done this on at least 10 laptops so far).


mine was an upgrade from win8 when it eventually upgraded without errors! it never kept dvd playback suspect im not only 1 to experience this
#17
redflash
Deluxe1
upgrading to windows10 removes dvd playback functionality without warning!!!!!!! ....I reinstalled win7 ultimate

That is quickly solved by installing VLC or Kodi both of which can playback DVDs and both are free. And when I upgraded it did give me a warning that I would loose WMC and DVD playback under an "issues/compatibility" button (I forget the wording it was more than a year ago).


yea I had vlc installed to read dvds but I never got a warning about losing playback, since going back to win7 been happy days
1 Like #18
You could always do what I do and run dual boot systems. I run it alongside Win 7 and 8 as well as Linux and have even managed to get it up and running alongside an old XP system I use for testing. In addition, I am also running it from a memory stick.
#19
MrBeansDrivingInstructor
My main concern is that if so many people "claim" to use these technologies (which include screen readers, speech to text etc) without any legitimacy then Microsoft may decide to pull the plug thus depriving genuine disabled users - something I am sure none of us would applaud.

Seeing as this free upgrade offer is also available worldwide - incl obviously in China, India, other poorer bits - & richer bits where people also need to save a buck or 2 - I don't think a listing on Freebies where it might attract mild interest is going to change Microsoft's thinking on the matter :)
#20
I seem to recall hearing that installing with a Win7/8 key still works as well
#21
MPLP
Deluxe1
upgrading to windows10 removes dvd playback functionality without warning!!!!!!! ....I reinstalled win7 ultimate
Windows 10 should keep DVD playback when performing an inline upgrade from Win7/8. If doing a clean install, you'll lose DVD playback but you should be able to restore it from your manufacturer's Win 7/8 restore DVD or sometimes from the manufacturer's website (I was able to do this for my HP laptop).
Also, you don't have to use the Assistive Technology download. Just download and install the stand alone Win 10 Anniversary KB update and it'll upgrade your Win 7/8 device to Win 10 (I've done this on at least 10 laptops so far).

and gives an activated new product key?
#22
luvsadealdealdeal
and gives an activated new product key?
Yes it's completely legit.
1 Like #23
MPLP
luvsadealdealdeal
and gives an activated new product key?
Yes it's completely legit.

I'm not sure that "completely legit" is quite the right phrase if you are getting the license by falsely claiming to be an assistive technology user, but yes, it does work! (_;)
#24
Going to try and upgrade my Windows 8 tablet to this. Annoying that it has a puny >20GB storage - installing W10 requires 16GB!! Wish me luck, I may update my progress.
1 Like #25
Thebobwil
Going to try and upgrade my Windows 8 tablet to this. Annoying that it has a puny >20GB storage - installing W10 requires 16GB!! Wish me luck, I may update my progress.


Get rid of the recovery partition but be sure to copy it over to a pen drive or something. I did that on my Lenovo when I dropped 10 on it - freed up a good chunk of space. But be careful!
#26
Thanks, my nipper decided to downgrade his laptop after the free offer closed and has been on my case since to go back to windows 10.
Updating now as we speak.
#27
Spod
MPLP
luvsadealdealdeal
and gives an activated new product key?
Yes it's completely legit.
I'm not sure that "completely legit" is quite the right phrase if you are getting the license by falsely claiming to be an assistive technology user, but yes, it does work! (_;)

I agree, but I'm using Microsoft's Windows 10 Anniversary update KB: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12387/windows-10-update-history Which runs on Win 7/8!
#28
MPLP
Spod
MPLP
luvsadealdealdeal
and gives an activated new product key?
Yes it's completely legit.
I'm not sure that "completely legit" is quite the right phrase if you are getting the license by falsely claiming to be an assistive technology user, but yes, it does work! (_;)
I agree, but I'm using Microsoft's Windows 10 Anniversary update KB: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/12387/windows-10-update-history Which runs on Win 7/8!

interesting that it's not more widely reported - I wonder why not? I casually follow a few sites such as Supersite for Windows & they usually pick up on stuff like this - eg assistive technologies route is very well understood by all the blogs
#29
Ok, so my tablet's hard drive is not quite large enough to download all 16GB of the W10 installation stuff. So Im wondering if I can put the stuff on a big USB instead, and install it from there?

Edit: apparently I will need a new product key when using this method. Is there any way I can get the product key from this free upgrade, so I can use it here?

Edited By: Thebobwil on Oct 05, 2016 18:26
1 Like #30
Thebobwil
Ok, so my tablet's hard drive is not quite large enough to download all 16GB of the W10 installation stuff. So Im wondering if I can put the stuff on a big USB instead, and install it from there?Edit: apparently I will need a new product key when using this method. Is there any way I can get the product key from this free upgrade, so I can use it here?

I thought MS changed the rules so that you can use your device's old product key when clean installing W10? In any case use a keyfinder such as Jellybean Magical to make a note of your old product key before you go any further.
1 Like #31
yep: Here’s how Microsoft describes the change.

“We have received a lot of feedback from Insiders on making it easier to activate Windows 10 on devices that take advantage of the free upgrade offer to genuine Windows by using existing Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product keys. If you install this build of the Windows 10 Insider Preview on a PC and it doesn’t automatically activate, you can enter the product key from Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 used to activate the prior Windows version on the same device to activate Windows 10 by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation and selecting Change Product Key. If you do a clean install of Windows 10 by booting off the media, you can also enter the product key from prior Windows versions on qualifying devices during setup.”
1 Like #32
Q. Is it true Windows 10 can now be installed using a Windows 7 or 8/8.1 key?

A. Yes but only from build 10565 onwards. Initially for a Windows 10 activation a Windows 10 key had to be used or an upgrade for Windows 7/8.1 had to be performed and only after that upgrade was performed a clean install on the same piece of hardware could be performed which would be automatically activated. With the new change it is now possible to perform a fresh install of Windows 10 and use a Windows 7 or 8/8.1 key. This is documented at http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/forum/insider_wintp-insider_install/activation-faq-for-insider-preview-build-10565/68e759a2-abcc-4b16-8758-92a720a6efe9?auth=1 and will make it easier to perform future Windows 10 installations on new hardware.
#33
That sounds excellent, thanks guys. I will go ahead after noting my current product key.
I'll stay in touch :)

Edit: P.S. I will be using this guide (option 1) with the linked update tool from here. Wish me luck.

Edited By: Thebobwil on Oct 05, 2016 19:01
1 Like #34
realdeals
Thanks, my nipper decided to downgrade his laptop after the free offer closed and has been on my case since to go back to windows 10.
Updating now as we speak.

As long as you upgraded during the free offer Microsoft will have recorded your PC's activation / unique ID details and you can re-upgrade at anytime.

You only had to have taken the first upgrade to W10 in that timeframe//
1 Like #35
luvsadealdealdeal
this upgrade is a neat way to give yourself a 100% legit copy of W10

Not quite, it will work but its still not technically got a valid licence so classed as a illegal install despite the key coming from Microsoft.

Would they ever know, unlikely, but doesn't make it a legit install..
#36
gavin1
luvsadealdealdeal
this upgrade is a neat way to give yourself a 100% legit copy of W10
Not quite, it will work but its still not technically got a valid licence so classed as a illegal install despite the key coming from Microsoft.
Would they ever know, unlikely, but doesn't make it a legit install..

Little known fact: all the old 7 & 8/8.1 product keys that were replaced by new W10 keys when people upgraded last year, are all still valid as product keys. 2 for the price of 1 :)
#37
Thebobwil
That sounds excellent, thanks guys. I will go ahead after noting my current product key.
I'll stay in touch :)Edit: P.S. I will be using this guide (option 1) with the linked update tool from here. Wish me luck.

Oh I'm a bit stuck now. I have put the OS media on the USB stick, and cannot seem to get the tablet to boot from that USB stick. Setting the drive as the boot option #1 in the BIOS still causes it to boot to Windows 8 as usual oO

If any pro could help, it would be much appreciated. <3

Edit: I have managed to free up the 16GB neccesary to simply download W10. So im using the usual method instead. Thanks for all the help so far anyway guys.

Edited By: Thebobwil on Oct 06, 2016 16:01: Had to update my progress with tablet's OS upgrad
1 Like #38
not a pro but I have come across this problem with PCs

you might need to stop the normal boot process (during boot up) with the equiv of repeatedly pressing F8/ whatever it is with your device - then manually instructing it to boot from USB stick

it's not enough sometimes to change the boot priority
#39
luvsadealdealdeal
gavin1
luvsadealdealdeal
this upgrade is a neat way to give yourself a 100% legit copy of W10
Not quite, it will work but its still not technically got a valid licence so classed as a illegal install despite the key coming from Microsoft.
Would they ever know, unlikely, but doesn't make it a legit install..
Little known fact: all the old 7 & 8/8.1 product keys that were replaced by new W10 keys when people upgraded last year, are all still valid as product keys. 2 for the price of 1 :)

If you don't have a legal install of 7/8 (ie borrowing a key) then resultant W10 upgrade may work but the installation still remains classed as illegal.

http://www.windowscentral.com/you-can-upgrade-windows-10-free-even-if-youre-using-pirated-version-windows
#40
Is there a way to "save" a windows 10 ISO copy ( if that is what a bit by bit copy is called ) to use as a back-up later ?

My friends Kid tried to enter the Windows 10 password too many times and now its blocked ,

I was hoping he could get a legit copy off the web , install it and the computer would already have the old legit serial number so it would work and update like normal ( I do not let W-10 update automatically :) )

anyway , I wish they gave you a recovery disc in the box when you bought the computer !

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