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Windows 10 Free Upgrade Ends December 31, 2017
Ken in Regina
For those who still have not upgraded to Windows 10 but are considering it, you can still do it for free if you get to it before December 31, 2017.

https://www.extremetech.com/computing/258161-microsoft-will-end-final-free-windows-10-upgr...ch+%28Extremetech%29

REMINDER (Dec 14/17) -- Here's the most recent link for the updater.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade

...ken...
GoneNomad
Thanks for the heads up!
Boyd
I thought they ended that some time ago? This is starting to sound like a store that has a permanent "going out of business" sale.

They should just adopt the same policy as Apple, who stopped charging for operating system updates around 7 or 8 years ago.
tcassidy
I don't think Windows 10 is considered an o/s update.

Terry
Boyd
Can you explain that? Are you making a distinction between a new operating system and an update maybe? I have a computer that runs Windows 7, if I installed Windows 10 on it then I'd consider it an "update". It's an operating system. It's made by Microsoft. It's called Windows. It runs on the same hardware.

Apple used to charge for each new version of MacOS also, but they changed their policy. The current version contains a completely re-designed filesystem that only works on SSD's for example.
tcassidy
I tried the free upgrade on a computer running Win 7. It works fine and updates to the latest 1709 version of Windows 10. However be prepared to use the High contrast version. I couldn't figure out how to restore to normal easily.

Terry
Boyd
No interest in updating whatsoever. I only use Windows for making maps, no e-mail, web, media - I've got Macs for all of that. I just use my old software which is no newer than Windows 7 and will probably have issues on Win 10.
Ken in Regina
Quote:
Originally Posted by tcassidy
I tried the free upgrade on a computer running Win 7. It works fine and updates to the latest 1709 version of Windows 10. However be prepared to use the High contrast version. I couldn't figure out how to restore to normal easily.

Terry
Thanks for the confirmation, Terry.

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tcassidy
The easy way to turn off High Contrast is select a different Theme in Settings>Personalization.

Terry
Ken in Regina
A reminder that the deadline is getting close... Here's the most recent link for the updater. Just confirm that you use the assistive technologies and download the updater.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade

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GoneNomad
In the fine print at the bottom of the above link:
"Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices"

I'm wondering if Win 8.1 PCs can still be upgraded the "other" way (without invoking the "assistive technologies")
as mentioned here?
Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade
Ken in Regina
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoneNomad
In the fine print at the bottom of the above link:
"Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices"

I'm wondering if Win 8.1 PCs can still be upgraded the "other" way (without invoking the "assistive technologies")
as mentioned here?
Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade
Good question. Looks like it still works. I've just downloaded the update tool at that site and am currently creating an .ISO file as per the instructions. Unfortunately all my systems are now on Windows 10 so I don't have anything to upgrade. If I have time later I'll install a Win 7 virtual machine and rsee if I can upgrade it from what gets created right now.

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Ken in Regina
I've successfully downloaded the upgrade tool and used it to create both an .ISO file and a USB drive with the installation files in them.

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tcassidy
I make an upgrade key with both 32 and 64 bit files on it every time a new version is released. Unfortunately, other than the desktop I am typing on right now, I don't have any Win 7 PCs I wish to test it on right now.

Terry
Ken in Regina
I'm using VirtualBox to make virtual machines on my main desktop PC. It's mainly for use testing the Insider Fast Ring beta versions of Win 10 but I think I've kept activated machines with Win XP and Win 7 in case I need to run an older app that's not compatible with newer Windows versions. If so, I can just clone the Win 7 machine and see if the upgrade runs.

...ken...


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