Time is running out for people hoping to still upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
While Microsoft’s official free upgrade offer ended last year, there is still one way users can download the latest version of its popular operating system for absolutely nothing, although the offer is due to end soon.
Windows users wishing to upgrade to Windows 10 can do so by following just a few simple steps.
The method of still bagging a free Windows 10 download ends on 31st December 2017 and involves users taking advantage of Microsoft’s assistive technology program.
Assistive technologies are designed to help people with disabilities or other impairments that mean they may need additional hardware such as screen readers or magnifiers in order to use Windows on their computer.
Microsoft has warned in the past that this method of obtaining Windows 10 for free should only be used by people who genuinely need assistive technologies and not as some workaround so people can download Windows 10 without paying.
“We’ve extended the free upgrade offer for those who use assistive technology. That said, it is not intended to be a workaround for people who don’t use assistive technology and who missed the deadline for the free offer,” Microsoft said in a statement,
However, while it may be morally dubious, as CNet pointed out last month, Microsoft does not actually check for proof that users actually use assistive technologies at any point during the download process.
“If you use assistive technologies, you can upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies,” Microsoft says on its website.
“Please take advantage of this offer before it expires on December 31, 2017.”
If you are still running genuine versions of Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 and want to upgrade to Windows 10, you can do so via the assistive technologies route by visiting the Microsoft website here.