Microsoft pulled the plug on its program offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 on July 29. The company was rather aggressive in its attempt to get everyone on board with the latest platform, causing a lot of headaches.
However, the offer still stands for customers who use assistive technologies, but everyone else is out of luck if they missed the free upgrade window … or are they? At the time of this writing, there is reportedly still a way to get the free Windows 10 upgrade for customers with a genuine copy of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 installed.
The process starts by heading to Microsoft’s Download Windows 10 web page and clicking on the “Download tool now” button. Once it’s on the PC, run the Media Creation Tool and select “Upgrade the PC now.” Note that there are actually two options – to upgrade the current PC or create installation media for another PC.
The latter option is for creating an ISO file that can be mounted on another PC, or used to create a bootable flash drive or optical media. Users on the other PC can access the setup file by heading into File Explorer and selecting the appropriate drive.
After that, users simply follow the on-screen instructions to upgrade the current operating system. Strangely enough, they won’t be asked for a product key. To confirm that the installation is, in fact, genuine, they can go into Settings then Update and security then Activation and see that the digital license is linked to the user’s Microsoft Account.
The good news here is that not only is the Windows 10 digital license tied the account, it’s tied to that specific device too via its MAC address. If something happens and the drive fails or needs to be wiped clean, Windows 10 can be reinstalled without having to purchase another copy.