Microsoft may like to claim that it stopped giving out free Windows 10 upgrades to Windows 7 and 8.1 owners back in July but as it turns out, there are still multiple ways to obtain the OS upgrade legitimately without needing to shell out for a new license, though they are being kept fairly quiet.
For starters, the Assistive Technologies offer is still running, meaning anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can get Windows 10 for free if they require assistive tools like the Magnifier or screen narrator. However, Microsoft isn’t really checking whether or not you actually use these tools, so anyone stumbling across the Microsoft Accessibility website could technically take advantage. This was pointed out back in August but it seems that the offer is still ongoing.
As Techspot has pointed out recently, there is still another loophole floating around. Those of you with an old Windows 7 or 8.1 CD Key can enter that code during the Windows 10 installation process to activate the operating system for free.
This loophole has also existed for a while and so far, Microsoft has yet to close it, which may be an intentional choice given the company’s aim to hit 1 billion Windows 10 installs across platforms. That said, this could also potentially just be a mistake, so this method could end up being closed eventually but so far, Microsoft has yet to comment on it at all.
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KitGuru Says: If you happened to miss the Windows 10 free upgrade window, then there are still some ways to obtain a license. Whether or not these methods last long could be a different story though. Have any of you still not upgraded to Windows 10? Are you thinking about making the jump this year?