Extension of Free Windows 10 Upgrade

By Joe Callison
3 November, 2016

If you missed the deadline for the free Windows 10 upgrade and have changed your mind about upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10, it appears that the free offer is still in effect for those using (or say they are using) assistive technology. What is assistive technology? It includes screen readers, magnifiers, or whatever other features are used to make Windows easier to use. By clicking the UPGRADE NOW button on the web page, you are declaring that you use assistive technologies.  

Microsoft does not verify this in any way. As noted in the FAQ on the offer web page, Microsoft has not announced an end date of the free upgrade for customers using assistive technology, but will make a public announcement prior to ending the offer. The offer web page link and a screen shot of the page is below:



You may also still be able to upgrade by installing the Windows 10 upgrade from a previously downloaded upgrade ISO file or by creating a new one from the media creation tool at the following link:


When you get to the Activate Windows step of the upgrade installation, enter your valid Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 product key. This method of getting a free upgrade may have been blocked by now or if not, may be blocked in the future, but has been reported to still be working recently.

Posted by Joe Callison


Joe, When I click on the first link above, I get a different screen on Microsoft’s website. It’s the one about disabilities that are supported. Has Microsoft cut off the free upgrades?

As you may have already found, there is a newer FOR~GO article dated 28 September 2019. The free upgrade is still working as of December 2019. There is some speculation that it may end January 14, 2020 when the support for Windows 7 ends.

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