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Probably the last chance to upgrade to win 10 for free.
Probably the last chance to upgrade to win 10 for free.

Probably the last chance to upgrade to win 10 for free.

The following info is copied from CNET. Link below. The "Get Deal" button takes you straight to the relevant Microsoft page.

Microsoft hasn't yet closed the door all the way for those in search of a Windows 10 freebie.

You can still get your hands on a no-cost upgrade to Windows 10 by turning to a page for people who use assistive technologies.

Windows 10 had been a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 users. But that deal ended Friday, at least for most people.

You qualify for the free upgrade if you use assistive technologies, which include such features as a magnifier to better see the screen, a narrator to read text aloud, keyboard shortcuts and an on-screen keyboard. Such tech is "designed to provide additional accessibility to individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, and disabilities," according to Microsoft.

Following the trials and tribulations of Windows 8, Microsoft has been working hard to coax people to jump to Windows 10. The free upgrade offer for users of Windows 7 and 8.1 was a huge part of the company's strategy to push Windows 10. But as of Friday, people must now pay $119 for the Home edition or $199 for the Pro edition -- with the exception of assistive tech users.

Here's how to get the upgrade at no charge:

From your Windows 7 or 8.1 device, go to the webpage entitled "Windows 10 free upgrade for customers who use assistive technologies." Click on the Upgrade now button. Run the executable file to install the upgrade.

Microsoft then displays a series of screens that take you step by step through the set-up process. Follow the screens until Windows 10 is comfortably nestled into your device

At no point during the upgrade does Microsoft ask for proof that you actually use any of the assistive technologies. So the upgrade seems to be accessible to any Windows 7 or 8.1 user who still wants to get Windows 10 for free. Apparently, you can let your conscience be your guide, though Microsoft hopes otherwise.

"As we shared earlier, we've extended the free upgrade offer for those who use assistive technology," a Microsoft spokeswoman told CNET. "That said, it is not intended to be a workaround for people who don't use assistive technology and who missed the deadline for the free offer."

Microsoft has not announced a deadline for the free offer for users of assistive technologies, so those of you who still want Windows 10 should grab the freebie while it lasts.

cnet.com/uk/…es/

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"Microsoft has not announced a deadline for the free offer for users of assistive technologies, so those of you who still want Windows 10 should grab the freebie while it lasts."

So what's the deal? Apart from the fact that it has been posted before, it should be in the freebies section, surely.
Edited by: "emlin" 10th Nov 2016

Windows 10 is ok, but if you got 7 I stick with that. Windows 8 sucks, so worth a upgrade.
Shame my dual boot option, where i partition my hard disk, and then decide to upgrade didnt work out. Endup being stuck with windows 10 now ummm

I wish I could go back to 7....10 is alright but I have a nvidia graphics card and it crashes every now and again...I can't fix it

Never mind the passed deadline, Microsoft does want everyone to ditch their old Windows versions.

I upgraded an old HP desktop PC yesterday, which had a blank hard drive, via a clean install of Windows 10 (USB installer made with the MediaCreationTool) and then entered the Windows 7 key attached to the side of the PC when prompted by the Windows 10 installer. Windows 10 does show as activated in the System Properties now.
Edited by: "SUMMONER" 10th Nov 2016

Original Poster

emlin

"Microsoft has not announced a deadline for the free offer for users of … "Microsoft has not announced a deadline for the free offer for users of assistive technologies, so those of you who still want Windows 10 should grab the freebie while it lasts."So what's the deal? Apart from the fact that it has been posted before, it should be in the freebies section, surely.



Couldn't find it posted before as it stands now so if it is I do apologise. Since this is a work around and it's now paid for item rather than a free for all upgrade, I'd say on this occasion free is still a deal. personally I'm delighted as I can now upgrade a laptop I bought secondhand for free so I'm happy but I know I sadly can't please everyone. Yes it took a bit of getting used to but I like win 10 but I know it's not for everyone.

If we haven't yet upgraded MS, there's a strong possibility we went to a lot of trouble to stop the upgrade, ergo we don't want it. With this notion in mind, MSW10 upgrade will continue to be available for FREE to anyone who suddenly might want it.

sheps

Couldn't find it posted before as it stands now so if it is I do … Couldn't find it posted before as it stands now so if it is I do apologise. Since this is a work around and it's now paid for item rather than a free for all upgrade, I'd say on this occasion free is still a deal. personally I'm delighted as I can now upgrade a laptop I bought secondhand for free so I'm happy but I know I sadly can't please everyone. Yes it took a bit of getting used to but I like win 10 but I know it's not for everyone.


Windows 10 is fine.

That doesn't stop this being a repost from the freebies section:

hotukdeals.com/fre…379

http://i.imgur.com/fuxSy5E.png

Thanks OP for taking the time to post it. I love Windows 10 and combined with an Ssd my machine now flies.

Original Poster

emlin

Windows 10 is fine.That doesn't stop this being a repost from the … Windows 10 is fine.That doesn't stop this being a repost from the freebies section:http://www.hotukdeals.com/freebies/free-upgrade-windows-10-assistive-technology-users-free-upgrade-still-available-2522379



​thanks I'll see its removed

sheps

​thanks I'll see its removed



​Reposts are allowed after 30days, so its good to stay

emlin

"Microsoft has not announced a deadline for the free offer for users of … "Microsoft has not announced a deadline for the free offer for users of assistive technologies, so those of you who still want Windows 10 should grab the freebie while it lasts."So what's the deal? Apart from the fact that it has been posted before, it should be in the freebies section, surely.

SUMMONER

Never mind the passed deadline, Microsoft does want everyone to ditch … Never mind the passed deadline, Microsoft does want everyone to ditch their old Windows versions.I upgraded an old HP desktop PC yesterday, which had a blank hard drive, via a clean install of Windows 10 (USB installer made with the MediaCreationTool) and then entered the Windows 7 key attached to the side of the PC when prompted by the Windows 10 installer. Windows 10 does show as activated in the System Properties now.




I'm guessing your machine had a win 10 pro license?

djdope

I'm guessing your machine had a win 10 pro license?


Win 7 Pro OEM sticker on an ancient 2011/2012 HP desktop PC, that never had Windows 10 installed on it before.
Edited by: "SUMMONER" 10th Nov 2016

I'm planning on taking an image of my HDD prior to upgrading, that way I can always restore my windows 7 OS if I don't get along with 10

Narcotix

I'm planning on taking an image of my HDD prior to upgrading, that way I … I'm planning on taking an image of my HDD prior to upgrading, that way I can always restore my windows 7 OS if I don't get along with 10



You can revert back to Windows 7 after an upgrade anyway.

Just don't delete the Windows 7 system

leeparsons

Windows 10 is ok, but if you got 7 I stick with that. Windows 8 sucks, so … Windows 10 is ok, but if you got 7 I stick with that. Windows 8 sucks, so worth a upgrade.Shame my dual boot option, where i partition my hard disk, and then decide to upgrade didnt work out. Endup being stuck with windows 10 now ummm



Dual boot with 2 separate drives is the safest way to go

I was anti 8 and 10 but since I've had the ability to dual boot back to 7 I've actually found that I've gotten used to 10 and it's not as bad as I first thought it was. Likely helped by the fact you can't avoid exposure to a similar look and feel with Windows Server 2012 - which I've daily exposure to at work.

Good deal if the s upgrade still works for any folks that missed out. Better proposition than a certain elected President anyway

DAZZ2000

Dual boot with 2 separate drives is the safest way to go ;)I was anti 8 … Dual boot with 2 separate drives is the safest way to go ;)I was anti 8 and 10 but since I've had the ability to dual boot back to 7 I've actually found that I've gotten used to 10 and it's not as bad as I first thought it was. Likely helped by the fact you can't avoid exposure to a similar look and feel with Windows Server 2012 - which I've daily exposure to at work.Good deal if the s upgrade still works for any folks that missed out. Better proposition than a certain elected President anyway


Well that's what i done. I had 2 physical disks. I partition one of them, so i had a new blank drive. Then installed onto that. There was was a guide out there, about getting the upgrade to 10, and keeping windows 7. By rolling back after the upgrade. So hence why the partition for a second drive.

Narcotix

I'm planning on taking an image of my HDD prior to upgrading, that way I … I'm planning on taking an image of my HDD prior to upgrading, that way I can always restore my windows 7 OS if I don't get along with 10


I thought of that, but then as i had a huge amount of data, i couldnt be bothered with spanning the data across several usb sticks or maybe 20 dvd

SUMMONER

Win 7 Pro OEM sticker on an ancient 2011/2012 HP desktop PC, that never … Win 7 Pro OEM sticker on an ancient 2011/2012 HP desktop PC, that never had Windows 10 installed on it before.


So certain manufacturers still allow upgrade to windows 10 if you have a win 7 Pro license. That's why you could upgrade yours

djdope

So certain manufacturers still allow upgrade to windows 10 if you have a … So certain manufacturers still allow upgrade to windows 10 if you have a win 7 Pro license. That's why you could upgrade yours


Either that or they just said the offer has finished, but never actually turned it off at their end.

bruce287

I wish I could go back to 7....10 is alright but I have a nvidia graphics … I wish I could go back to 7....10 is alright but I have a nvidia graphics card and it crashes every now and again...I can't fix it



When you upgrade to W10 it does not invalidate your W7 license, so you can go back to W7 (and keep your W10 license)..

I have a number of W7 desktops that I upgraded to W10 for free back in the summer.

I took an image of the W7 disk before the upgrade (using Macrium Reflect Free) then did the W10 upgrade (where I also took a Macrium Reflect Image).

Now I can use both W7 and W10 (at different times of course) on all these desktops.

So I say again, an upgrade to W10 does NOT invalidate your W7 license.

SUMMONER

Never mind the passed deadline, Microsoft does want everyone to ditch … Never mind the passed deadline, Microsoft does want everyone to ditch their old Windows versions.I upgraded an old HP desktop PC yesterday, which had a blank hard drive, via a clean install of Windows 10 (USB installer made with the MediaCreationTool) and then entered the Windows 7 key attached to the side of the PC when prompted by the Windows 10 installer. Windows 10 does show as activated in the System Properties now.



​which operating system was the key originally for?

QuickProfits

​which operating system was the key originally for?


Windows 7 Professional

Edited by: "SUMMONER" 11th Nov 2016
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