How to upgrade to Windows 10 for free in 2018

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read
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Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 free upgrade offer would end on December 31.

As a quick reminder, the Redmond giant initially introduced this loophole to allow assistive technology users to install the latest Windows 10 version for free. Later on it was proved that all Windows users could take advantage of this loophole to upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost.

Of course, some said that Microsoft had been aware of this fact from the very beginning and used it as an incentive to convince more users to install the latest Windows 10 version.

But what happens in 2018? Is the free upgrade offer really over?

You can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free in 2018

The short answer is No. Windows users can still upgrade to Windows 10 without shelling out $119. The assistive technologies upgrade page still exist and is fully functional.

However, there’s a catch: Microsoft says that the offer will expire on January 16, 2018.

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 January 16, 2018.

But somehow we don’t believe that’s true. The free upgrade offer first expired on July 29, 2016 then at the end of December 2017, and now on January 16, 2018.

Place your bets

We’re pretty sure that Microsoft will prolong this free upgrade offer as well. The company made it clear that it wants as many users as possible to jump on the Windows 10 boat. However, making them pay $119 to install the latest Windows 10 OS is not the best strategy to adopt.

Allowing this free upgrade loophole to exist increases the chances that more users will agree to upgrade — and Microsoft is aware of that.

So, what’s your take on this matter? Do you think Microsoft will ever end this free upgrade loophole? Let us know in the comments below.

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