For example, you can only using , which is only available for Windows 10. Like the previous free upgrade offer, this only works if your computer is currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8. Many software developers will continue supporting Windows 7 and 8. By standing on principle and ending the program after exactly a year, Microsoft is hurting itself more than its customers. In a quiet change to an obscure web page, Microsoft announced this week that those exceptions will end on December 31, 2017. The general page has also been revised to include the expiration date for this offer. If you use assistive technology on Windows, you are eligible for the upgrade offer.
We won't know the answer to that question until after the New Year. In the Anniversary Update, the Narrator screen reader is improved and new applications like the Edge browser, Cortana, and Mail offer improved accessibility features. For those of you holding out because of , we get it, but more than two dozen have been released for Windows 7 and 8, so they're hardly safe havens at this point. On their assistive technologies page of their website, Microsoft offers you Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 that is the current version of Windows. This route won't require a key since the installer lets you proceed without one and you won't be using the operating system long enough for its cosmetic restrictions or constant nagging to matter. Microsoft says it has not announced an end date for the upgrade extension, and the company will make a public announcement when it plans to remove the free Windows 10 upgrade for assistive technology users.
Somewhere in the Redmond halls of power, there's probably a secret spreadsheet where the marketing department has figured out exactly how much one Windows 10 user is worth on average. Please Note: You will need to use your existing product key for Windows 7 or Windows 8. But on the bright side, this tablet will run Android x86! Therefore, offering Windows 10 as a free or cheap upgrade will probably be a one-time offer that could lead into a subscription-based version of Windows. But don't think Microsoft is getting touchy-feely. Other people may have chosen not to upgrade to Windows 10 during the first year, because they haven't seen a compelling reason to change. The official free upgrade offer has been over for more than a year, but now Microsoft is that let you get Windows 10 by telling a little white lie. Ozones parlay into the world of privacy protection from Win10 is a good one.
Basically, there were large boarders all around the edges of the screen, restricting the already naturally smaller viewing area due to the zoom. The first option is unofficial, but it still works more than a year for good. Windows users who use like the narrator, on-screen keyboard, or high contrast desktop theme may not have wanted to upgrade before these improvements were made. One compelling reason is their goal to achieve 1 billion active devices by 2018. It's fair to say that, after 12 months, most consumers have had plenty of time to upgrade to Windows 10.
This means that customers who use assistive technologies can use the offer to upgrade to Windows 10 for free only this year. Add in the Bing and games money and it was only -1 percent. The was implemented for anyone who wanted Windows 10 for its enhanced accessibility features. You may not think you qualify for that, but according to the company's list of , this includes anyone who uses keyboard shortcuts, the magnifier, Cortana, or apparently even users who feel like they would benefit from Windows 10's reduced animations. Part of the stated justification for the original exception was the fact that Microsoft was still working on accessibility options for Windows 10, with a specific call-out to changes scheduled to arrive as part of the July 2016 Anniversary Update. But the Redmond company still allows the update of Windows 7 or 8.
The magnifier was completely awful. So the upgrade could be accessible to any Windows 7 or 8. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8. The company seems more concerned about getting as many people onto Windows 10 as possible. The loophole free upgrade to Windows 10 may still work though, and that is then still an option for users who want to upgrade machines running Windows 7 or 8. Though the data is anonymized, the company can use it to spot trends and even to serve you targeted ads. Click through the wizard and it will check that your hardware is compatible before automatically downloading and upgrading to Windows 10.
As discovered by , and independently confirmed by myself, the old method still works. Look at how many use Android, for example. Use an Old Windows 7 or 8. The strongest reason for Microsoft to end the free upgrade program is to live up to its word. Microsoft officially ended their free Windows 10 upgrade program on July 29th last week, approximately a year after the operating system was released.
You can continue to use Windows 10 for free, and even reinstall it on the same hardware. First just to go to this and then click on Update Now Button. But the new program is limited to a select group of customers. In addition, two major updates are also going to be made available this year — Creators Update and Redstone 3. However, the target machine must be running a genuine Windows version for the method to work.
Microsoft still provides a free Windows 10 upgrade to anyone who checks a box saying they use assistive technologies on their computer. The practical impact of this change is likely to be minimal. And as noted above, it has also taken a big chunk out of Windows 8. Some folks may have tried, failed and given up for a while. Microsoft offered Windows users a free upgrade to Windows 10 back when the operating system was released. There have been two feature updates since then, and the Anniversary Update is now the oldest supported Windows 10 version on the market. Not to mention their homeward calling card.
If you have something to add or you are able to replicate the method described above, drop your thoughts and feedback. On Apple News, please favorite the 1redDrop channel to get us in your news feed. The company needs users on Windows 10 in order to increase sales from its own app store. After all, we've been conditioned to believe that Windows should cost money, because all previous Windows upgrades had some kind of cost. Bott wrote that he was able to replicate the Windows 10 free upgrade success twice by running activated copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8. The problem is, since Windows 10 Creators Update should be releasing to the public any time now, that offer might not be around for long. As of writing, there is no end date to the free Windows 10 upgrade program for assistive tool users, but Microsoft says it will make a public announcement before stopping the offer.