Microsoft shutting down Windows 10 upgrade path for consumers

While Microsoft availed Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users a whole year to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, there was one exception nonetheless: those users on "assistive technology", such as screen readers, have an indefinite extension.

There's still a way for consumers to upgrade to Windows 10 for free — but Microsoft will shut it down on December 31.

And the December 31 deadline for users to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, means that consumers will have to pay the full price for a Windows license afterwards, which costs about $75 for a "system builder" license for Windows 10 Home, and more for Professional versions.

The company's rather generous offer in making its upgrade path to users of assistive technologies, isn't quite one-sided, as any user of assistive technology on Windows is eligible for the free upgrade.

All that's required is to visit the assistive support page, and fill up that you use assistive technologies, and then download the upgrade tool to Windows 10 for free.

And the enhancements to assistive technologies that are built into the Windows 10, will ensure that those in need of assistance will benefit from the upgrade. Albeit, the assistive loophole represents a gray area, especially for those who normally wouldn't need an assistive technology.
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