The free upgrade offer for Windows 10 officially ended last year but two loopholes have been discovered that let you download the latest version for nothing.
The 29th July 2016 was Microsoft’s official cut off point for its free upgrade offer. Anyone trying to upgrade to Windows 10 after that date would be forced to pay, Microsoft said.
However, more than one year later, two methods have been unearthed that still allow Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10.
According to TechSpot, users running Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 still have two ways to upgrade to the latest version free of charge.
The first method is to claim the free upgrade by using Microsoft’s Assistive Technologies.
Assistive Technologies is Microsoft’s program which aims to make computers easier to use and more accessible for people with disabilities.
It is somewhat of a morally dubious way of getting a free upgrade, but according to TechSpot, Microsoft does not check or ask for verification in order to prove that you genuinely need assistive tech.
Microsoft says: “If you use assistive technology on Windows, you are eligible for the upgrade offer.”
And if you head over to Microsoft’s accessibility site, the free upgrade offer is still available.
The other way to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 is to enter your Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key when installing Windows 10.
According to TechSpot, somewhat surprisingly this method still works and hasn’t yet been closed off by Microsoft.
How long these two options will remain open is anyone’s guess.
It can only be assumed that Microsoft is probably aware of these two methods but is just happy that to still have people upgrading to Windows 10, which in turn gives its user number and stats a steady bump.