Windows 10 is still available as a free upgrade - but unofficially.Windows 10 is still available as a free upgrade - but unofficially.

Officially the possibility for was free upgrade Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 completed in July 2016. But a year later there still two ways, the current operating system to get free.

The first option was set up directly after the end of the free updates from Microsoft. The offer is aimed at PC users who depend on accessibility features and can not or only the usual input devices such as a mouse and keyboard to use with support.

Upgrade for users of assistive technology

At the time, Microsoft had stressed that Windows 10 has a lot of opportunities in this area and this user group wanted to continue to allow for a certain time, the update for free. Therefore, the company has set up a special Web page where the upgrade is also a year later, still on Windows 10 possible.

There, for the Upgrade a special file offered, when the user confirms that he uses assistive technology. A special assessment but not takes place here and the upgrade itself does not differ from the previous procedure. Actually, Microsoft had announced in August 2016 to try to "remove the website in a few weeks."

Keys for Windows 7 and Windows 8 still work

Although this possibility of free upgrades may work technically, but who uses it without really need accessibility, which one might well accuse a morally questionable behavior, and also legally entering thus probably a gray area. but this is not necessary, because Microsoft does not have a left open further loophole, actually more like a barn door is.

Still works for a started upgrading to Windows 10 or when you install via boot media, the A product key of Windows 7 or Windows 8, including subsequent activation - even if the key of the old version of Windows was never used for the upgrade.

We tested in a recent experiment on himself with a so far not been used for the Windows 10 upgrade Windows 7 Key, we have successfully entered during installation via USB stick. Shortly after starting Windows is activated automatically 10, in our experience, it is therefore still possible, free to switch to Windows 10.

Similar tests we have carried out a short time after the deadline for the free exchange in August 2016 and a few months later in January 2017 (see also the following links), always with successful activation. Apparently, Microsoft has continued to attract more users for Windows 10 and these opportunities so still not removed high interest. However, that can change every day.

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