Microsoft has been offering free upgrades to Windows 10 for assistive technology users for some time now, and the offer is still open. You will need to have a properly licensed earlier version such as Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to get the upgrade, and you will also need your older product key to activate the latest Windows version.
Here’s how to get your free Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft:
First, head over to Microsoft’s Accessibility page for Assistive Technology users. Once there, click on the white button that says “UPGRADE NOW >”.
You will then be given a series of instructions to upgrade your desktop PC to Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the most recent major update to Windows that dropped in August, 2016.
Please note, once Microsoft releases its next major update – Windows 10 Creators Update – at the end of this month, you may no longer be able to get the free upgrade to Windows 10.
As such, we recommend that you upgrade right away to take advantage of this “window of opportunity” Microsoft is giving you.
Another note to those who are not assistive technology users: Microsoft defines assistive technology in a very broad manner, so even if you use keyboard shortcuts like copy-paste or cut-paste, for example, you are considered eligible for the free Windows 10 upgrade.
Windows 10 is currently struggling with desktop OS market share, and data from NetMarketShare shows that only 25.19 percent of all desktops are on the new version of Windows. In contrast, Windows 7 market share is nearly double, at 48.41 percent, as of February 2017.
That means Microsoft will do everything in its power to encourage Windows 10 adoption. Naturally, they cannot publicize the fact that they’ve left the door ajar for free Windows 10 upgrades, since the product is now being sold in the form of licensed copies, but as far as we’ve seen they’re not ready to close the door on assistive technology users just yet.
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