In case you’re wondering, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free before the next major update comes through – Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, or FCU. Windows 10 FCU promises some major new features that those on the Insider program are already seeing, but you won’t be able to get it unless you upgrade to Windows 10 right now. Here’s how to upgrade to Windows 10 for free using two different methods.
The first is for assistive technology users. Microsoft initially kept this open even after their July 29, 2016 deadline, but it appears that the option is still open.
What if I’m not an assistive technology user?
No problem! Microsoft specifically says that anyone using assistive technology on Windows is eligible, and they’ve even outlined the eligibility in such a broad way that practically anyone is eligible even if they use simple things like keyboard shortcuts.
That means, if you use keyboard shortcuts for copy-paste and so on, you’re in!
To get the free Windows 10 upgrade for assistive technology users, simply head over to Microsoft’s accessibility page, click on Upgrade Now and follow the step-by-step instructions to get your free Windows 10.
The second method is to use your old product key for Windows 7 (Service Pack 1) or Windows 8.1 and do a clean install using an ISO disk image using Microsoft’s media creation tool.
You can get the ISO file here, and you will need a USB stick with enough memory to create the media for the installation. Please review this article for instructions.
It’s not surprising that Microsoft has still left a couple of doors open for people to easily upgrade to the latest OS version without paying a license fee. Adoption of the new OS from Microsoft is abysmally low considering that it’s been out for two years now. According to NetMarketShare, Windows 10 market share is still languishing at less than 30% of the desktop user base, with Windows 7 holding the lion’s share at more than 48%.
So, get your free Windows 10 upgrade today so you can enjoy features like eye-tracking and enhanced Windows Hello capability when Fall Creators Update comes, which will be pretty soon.
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