We recently saw how Windows 7 was easily the most affected Windows version as far as the rampant and persistent WannaCry ransomware attacks are concerned. While business users will have to pay to upgrade to Windows 10 pro versions, individuals on the Home edition of older Windows versions can actually get a free Windows 10 upgrade through a backdoor method. As long as you have a licensed version of Windows 7 (SP1) or Windows 8.1, you’re eligible for a free Windows 10 upgrade.
The free Windows 10 upgrade has been around for a long time, ever since Microsoft shut the door on the free download offer back in July 2016. They say it’s for users of assistive technology, by they define that so broadly that even if you use keyboard shortcuts, that’s considered an assistive technology by their definition.
First of all, you need a licensed version of Windows 7 (most Home editions are eligible) or Windows 8.1.
Second, head over to Microsoft’s Accessibility website –
– to this free Windows 10 Upgrade page.
Third, if asked to enter the product key, enter that to activate your copy of Windows 10 for free. In most cases, if your older version was purchased for that machine, Windows 10 should pick it up automatically and activate the copy for you.
A word about ethical considerations
We would not recommend this upgrade method if Microsoft had made it available exclusively to users with various kinds of disabilities. However, the company has deliberately outlined the eligibility criteria in such a broad way that it’s obvious they want anyone who comes across this free upgrade method for Windows 10 to go ahead and use it.
That’s the only reason we’re recommending that you use this method to get your free Windows 10 upgrade.
If you’ve been affected by the WannaCry ransomware, you know how painful the experience can be. With Windows 10 you are fully protected from this type of attack. No Windows 10 machine was targeted despite the fact that 200,000 Windows-based desktops were hit by WannaCry.
If you haven’t been hit by the ransomware, then it’s imperative that you either get your security updates downloaded and installed, or take the easy route and do the free Windows 10 upgrade.
For this reason, we urge you to upgrade to Windows 10, so its advanced security features will help prevent this sort of attack from ever affecting you.
Here’s the link, once again: Free Windows 10 Upgrade