Microsoft: Final Free Windows 10 Upgrade Offer Ends Dec. 31
Those using Windows’ assistive technologies have until the end of the year to score a free upgrade to Windows 10.
As a number of eager downloaders figured out, Microsoft made no effort to verify that those downloading this version of the free upgrade actually needed assistive technologies. To Microsoft, policing this was probably a low priority—few likely “abused” the system to get a free upgrade. (And if you haven’t upgraded by now, more than two years since the official debut of Windows 10, you probably aren’t going to scramble to take advantage of the assistive technologies upgrade in its final months.)
Microsoft recently updated its Windows 10 upgrade page for assistive technology users to reemphasize that its free upgrade offer will be expiring shortly. And while Microsoft doesn’t say it, the loss of this free upgrade offer is a bit of a milestone: the final, official way users can upgrade to Windows 10 without paying.
That’s not to say that Windows users don’t have a few clever ways to upgrade, however. According to Ars Technica, it’s possible that users may continue to install Windows 10 as an upgrade with an unused Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key. Microsoft could easily change that and require users to have an actual Windows 10 key for the upgrade to work, but it’s also likely that any Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key will continue to allow legitimate Windows 10 upgrades once 2018 hits.