The free Windows 10 upgrade path for consumers will shut down soon

(Last Updated On: November 7, 2018)

There’s as yet one-way consumers can move up to Windows 10 for free—and Microsoft will close it down on December 31, despite the fact that a larger part of the world’s PC clients still utilizes older versions of Windows.

Microsoft gave Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 clients a whole year after the launch of Windows 10 (until July 31, 2016) to move up to Windows 10 for nothing. In any case, there was one exception: those who used assistive technology, for example, screen readers, got an inconclusive extension.

As indicated by a Microsoft support page, the due date for those clients to move up to Windows 10 for free by the end of the year, as noted by Slashgear. From that point forward, buyers should pay the maximum for a Windows license, which costs about $75 from Amazon for a “system builder” permit for Windows 10 Home, and more for retail Home or Professional versions.

You may feel that clients who don’t use assistive technologies would be prohibited from this loophole. Yet, Microsoft is making its update way to a great degree liberal: “We are not confining the redesign offer to particular assistive technologies,” the company says. “On the off chance that you use assistive technology on Windows, you are qualified for the update offer.” All you have to do is visit the assistive help page in question, attest that you use assistive technologies, and afterward download the upgrade tool to Windows 10.

Without a doubt, the assistive loophole clause speaks to an ethically hazy area, particularly for the individuals who ordinarily wouldn’t have to utilize assistive technology. However, you may contend that on the off chance that you’ve at any point experimented with the Windows Narrator tool, you’ve utilized an assistive technology. What’s more, with the enhanced assistive technologies that are already built into the Windows 10 OS, the individuals who really require help will profit by the free upgrade.

Why this matters: Cynics will see Microsoft’s “wink, wink” way to deal with the assistive loophole clause as one that benefits the company: Windows 10 clients only represent about 30 percent of all PCs, concurring to NetMarketShare, contrasted with a Windows 7 share of around 49 percent. Obviously, Microsoft’s utilizing the stick, as well: AMD’s most recent Ryzen chips won’t deliver official drivers for Windows 7, some portion of Microsoft’s plan to restrict modern hardware to Windows 10. Except if Microsoft broadens the program in some other frame, an extraordinary complimentary gift is leaving.


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