Microsoft’s offer for users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free officially ended on 29 July 2016 – or so we were lead to believe.
Now a new report claims that there is still a way to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge.
Tech site ZDNet claims that users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 who are running fully legit and licensed versions of the operating system can follow a few simple steps to still take advantage of the free upgrade offer.
ZDNet says users must first head over to the Download Windows 10 website and click on ‘Download tool now’.
Once downloaded, you need to run the Media Creation Tool and then select the option which reads ‘Upgrade this PC now’.
You then just follow the on screen prompts to complete the installation process.
According to ZDNet you are not asked to enter a product and when the installation is complete you are given your own digital license to confirm authenticity.
You then need to confirm by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation.
*It should be noted at this point that we haven’t tested out if this works as computers in Thaivisa towers are already running Windows 10 or are Macs.
Despite Microsoft announcing the end of the free upgrade offer, ZDNet claims it is still possible and has even found evidence on the Windows 10 website to suggest the upgrade offer never actually ended.
On the Windows 10 FAQ page it reads: “We have not announced an end date of the upgrade offer for customers using assistive technology.
“We will make a public announcement prior to ending the offer.”
The ZDNet article hints that because of the vague language used by Microsoft, it was only those who were upgrading via the Get Windows 10 app that the offer ended on 29 July 2016.
“The entire “free upgrade” offer was always accompanied by language that was, to put it politely, a bit squishy. And the language around the end of that offer is similarly vague,” the article on ZDNet read.
Referring to a specific post on the FAQ page, ZDNet said: “That’s very odd language. The free upgrade through the Get Windows 10 app ended on July 29, 2016.
“Likewise, the discussion of product keys says a key will be necessary ‘for this tool to work’ (not true) but doesn’t say a word about licensing.
“And unlike the weasely ‘Genuine Windows’ label on older upgrades, the activation screens for a Windows 10 upgrade specifically confirm the existence of a ‘digital license’.”
“Of course, I’m not a lawyer, and this column isn’t legal advice. But I will say that I am personally confident in the activation status of my newly upgraded PC,” the article read.
The claims by ZDNet come at a time when the importance of running the most up to date versions of software and operating systems have been highlighted.
In the aftermath of the WannaCry ransomware attack, which affected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries worldwide and which crippled Britain’s National Health Service, it has been discovered that the vast majority of computers affected were running Windows 7.
If you are still running Windows 7 or 8 and missed out on the free upgrade offer last year, you should consider upgrading to Windows 10.
And if you want to upgrade for free, you should try the method by ZDNet detailed above, just don’t blame us if it doesn’t work!