When Microsoft originally launched Windows 10 also made it available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 computers for a year. The one-year promotional offer finally came to an end on July 29th. However, the company recently announced a “free upgrade extension” for those Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who run the operating system with assistive technologies.
Although the free upgrade offer has ended for the general public, Microsoft has stated that extension is not meant to be workaround or loophole for users who didn’t upgrade for free to Windows 10 during the year promotional offer, even though it’s unclear how the company verifies who is using Assistive Technologies.
In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 computer for free to Windows 10 after July 29th using the Assistive Technologies “Windows 10 Upgrader”.
How to upgrade for free to Windows 10 after July 29th
If you now want to upgrade after the promotional free upgrade offer expired and you use accessibility technologies, then here’s what you do:
Go to the Microsoft Accessibility page.
Click the Upgrade Now button to download Windows10Upgrade24074.exe file.
Double-click the Windows 10 Upgrader file that you just downloaded.
Click Accept to agree to the terms.
The process will now begin downloading the files and automatically begin the Windows 10 installation.
Click Restart now (or Restart later from the left hand side) to complete the upgrade.
Microsoft hasn’t still announce a deadline for the upgrade extension, but if you want to use the extension you must hurry, as the company can end this extension at any time.
After upgrading to Windows 10, you’ll be able to receive the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which is available starting August 2nd. The new update is a major release that brings support for extensions for Microsoft Edge, the new Windows Ink experience for pen support, an updated Start menu, and a lot of other changes and improvements.
It’s important to note that the extension to get the Windows 10 upgrade for free is only meant for people using the operating system with accessibility technologies. If you don’t use these features, you should be paying to get the upgrade the right way.