Microsoft has been aggressively releasing feature-heavy Windows 10 preview builds this week, indicating that we may be nearing the final stages before Windows 10 Creators Update is released to the public. In case you’re still on an older licensed version of Windows 10, you still have one opportunity to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 version 1607 (Anniversary Update.)
Since the free upgrade deadline passed on July 29, 2016, Microsoft has been keeping the back door open for a free Windows 10 upgrade. Technically, the free upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary Update is only available for those who use Assistive Technologies such as speech recognition, Narrator and so on.
However, it’s obvious that Microsoft wants as many people as possible to take up the free upgrade offer because of the way they define “assistive technologies”. Typically associated with people who have disabilities, such as hearing or sight impairments, Microsoft’s definition of assistive technologies is so broad that it includes people who use keyboard shortcuts!
If you use Ctrl+C to copy text or images, Microsoft says you’re an assistive technology user! Strange, but absolutely true.
With the Windows 10 Creators Update coming in just a couple of months or so, we recommend that you upgrade to Windows 10 for free based on your older version’s license. If you have Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 on your PC, you can download and install the upgrade right from Microsoft’s website.
Once you’re on that page, click on “Upgrade Now”, download the .exe file and run the program, following the instructions along the way.
In case you don’t have your product key from your older licensed version of Windows, please read this article below, which will show you how to get the ISO file (disc image) from Microsoft’s website and do a clean install of Windows 10.
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