In October, Microsoft first mentioned its plans to end the Windows 10 free upgrade offer for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users who use assistive technologies. Following the first year of free Windows 10 upgrade offer, users were still able to get the new operating system for free by simply going with the assistive technology workaround. All that users need to do is head over to Microsoft’s accessibility website, say you use assistive technologies on your Windows 7 or 8 system, and download the new Windows version.
However, the company is now ending this route to getting the new OS version for free, as well. The offer is set to end on December 31 this week. Microsoft had said:
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.
With this free upgrade offer option going, some suggest that this week might be your last chance to download Windows 10 for free. However, when we had contacted the Redmond software maker, the company had said that anyone who has a valid product key should be able to upgrade to Windows 10 using the Media Creation Tool. Here's what it had said in its statement to Wccftech:
People will be asked to enter a valid product key when upgrading for the first time from Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 through both the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant and the Media Creation tool. People can continue to use the Media Creation Tool to create Windows 10 installation media. A product key will be required when installing Windows 10 on a device for the first time. People can also use Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant to update their Windows 10 PC to the latest version.
With that being said, if you do not want to take any chances and know that you will be eventually upgrading to Windows 10, this week might be your safest bet to get the new operating system without paying for it.