Windows 10 still available for free

Windows 10 logoMicrosoft was supposed to end the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for users with assistive technologies on December 31, but it looks like the loophole still exists, allowing pretty much anyone to install the latest operating system without paying.

The software giant allowed anyone to upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 free of charge if the process was completed in the first 12 months after the July 2015 launch. While the promo came to an end one year later, the company rolled out a different offer for systems with accessibility features, again allowing the free upgrade to Windows 10 at no charge.

Clearly, this is a welcome offer for everyone with assistive tech, but this program turned into a loophole once it was discovered that any Windows 7 and 8.1 user was allowed to complete the upgrade to Windows 10 using it, as no checks on the accessibility features was performed.

This offer has been around for a long time, until last year Microsoft announced that it would close the loophole on December 31.

“If you use assistive technologies, you can upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies. Please take advantage of this offer before it expires on December 31, 2017,” the company said.

Today, however, the upgrade is still available, and Ghacks writes that using the loophole indeed works, allowing a free install of Windows 10 when switching from Windows 7 and 8.1.

Most likely, Microsoft will block upgrades in the coming days as engineers return to work from the holiday vacation, but for users, this means they have a few more hours to switch to Windows 10 should they want to do it without paying extra.

We’ve reached out to Microsoft to ask if plans for closing this loophole have changed and we’ll update the article when an answer is offered.

Source: Softpedia

Tags: Microsoft, OSes, Windows 10

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
Galaxy Note10 really is built around a 6.7-inch display
 
You may still be able to download your content
 
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are all going away
 
Minimize apps to a floating, always-on-top bubble
 
Japan Display has been providing LCDs for the iPhone XR, the only LCD model in Apple’s 2018 line-up
 
The 2001 operating system has reached its lowest share level
 
The entire TSMC 5nm design infrastructure is available now from TSMC
 
The smartphone uses a Snapdragon 660 processor running Android 9 Pie
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 / 2
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (15)