If you haven’t yet upgraded to Windows 10 Creators Update – yes, the one with 3D and holographics support – then it’s probably time that you do. If you’re still on a licensed version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, getting a Windows 10 upgrade for free is as easy as downloading and installing it.
But first, you need to understand why Microsoft is still giving away “backdoor” copies of Windows 10. The purported reason is to help users of assistive technologies, but the real reason – the one Microsoft won’t or can’t tell you – is that it is desperate for Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 10.
Much of Microsoft’s strategy for Windows 10 and Surface devices revolves around Windows 10 usage around the world. As of now Microsoft keeps saying “more than 400 million devices are on Windows 10,” but they’ve been saying that since last August.
In consequence, they’ve left the back door open just a crack so anyone who is aware of this method of upgrading for free to Windows 10 can take advantage of it – without letting the rest of the world, which is actually buying copies, know about it.
If you’re worried that this method is not ethical, then don’t. Though it says assistive technology users, Microsoft has given an extremely broad definition, which includes those who use keyboard shortcuts. So, even if you only use Ctrl+C to copy text and Ctrl+V to paste it, you’re still eligible. That’s their definition, not ours for convenience sake.
So, this is where you go to get your free Windows 10 upgrade from Microsoft.
Once you’re on that page, click the “Upgrade Now >” button and follow the instructions. You’ll get a download that should upgrade your PC to the latest version of Windows 10.
NOTE: For some reason, if you find that the .exe file on the above link only takes you up to Windows 10 Anniversary Update, don’t worry. From there, Windows 10 Creators Update is also a free upgrade, which you can get here:
And that’s all there is to it. We’re keeping a close eye on this, so we’ll let you know next month if the option is still available, since Microsoft may choose to take it down after announcing it on their Windows blog.