Microsoft announced back in January that the free upgrade offer will last one year after the launch of Windows 10, meaning July 29th. Once that date passes, you’ll have to pay for Windows 10.
Reports of the demise of free upgrades to Windows 10 have been somewhat exaggerated. Those users who missed the July 29 cut-off can still make the leap to the future for free, as long as they’re willing to claim they use technologies made for those with disabilities.
All those dilly-dalliers need to do is open this Microsoft web page for Windows 10’s assistive technologies and click the Upgrade Now button that sits right above the statement “Yes, I use assistive technologies and I am ready for my free upgrade to Windows 10.”
Aside from agreeing to this statement, the website does not ask users for any proof of their handicaps or needs. Nor does it provide any deadline by which you need to perform the upgrade.
This may sound like the digital equivalent of parking in the handicapped zone when you have full mobility, but it’s arguably a harmless white lie that gives latecomers one more chance to upgrade. Extending the Windows 10 upgrade deadline to users who may need it is a noble goal, but we wonder why Microsoft created this loophole.
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