Windows 10 free upgrade expires December 31st

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Once 2018 hits, the only way to get Windows 10 will be pre-installed on a new computer or by purchasing the Home or Pro version.

Windows 10 was first released on July 29, 2015 and for the first year, Microsoft offered a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users. While the Windows 10 free upgrade officially ended on July 29, 2016, there was a way that users could still get it for free. Unfortunately, that way will no longer be available in the new year so if you’ve been holding off on upgrading, you’ll want to get that done in the next few days.

After the initial free upgrade program ended mid-2016, Microsoft extended it to December 31, 2017 for those who use assistive technologies. The reason being that Microsoft was continuing to work on improving the Windows 10 experience for people who use assistive technologies.

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. Please take advantage of this offer before it expires on December 31, 2017.

You may be sitting there thinking “well, I don’t use assistive technologies so how does this hel me?” Fortunately, there don’t seem to be any checks in place to verify that you do indeed use assistive technologies, meaning that pretty much anyone who hasn’t upgraded yet still has an opportunity to do so. If you haven’t upgraded yet, you can head over to the Microsoft site to do so and upgrade to Windows 10 before the end of the year. Once 2018 hits, the only way to get Windows 10 will be pre-installed on a new computer or by purchasing the Home or Pro version for $119.99/$199.99USD (MSRP).

Have you delayed upgrading to Windows 10? If so, why? Are you planning on taking advantage of the free upgrade while you still can? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Microsoft  Source: Microsoft Support
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