You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free (With a Loophole)

Joel Lee 06-01-2017

Maybe at first you were turned away by the purported problems of Windows 10 and gladly let the free upgrade window pass by without a second thought, but now you’ve seen the big updates and improvements that are coming A Peek Into the Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft just announced the next major Windows 10 upgrade. The Creators Update will come to 400 million users in Spring 2017. Here are the highlights of Wednesday's Windows 10 event. Read More and wish you could join in.


Well, there is still a loophole that you can use to upgrade to Windows 10 without paying a cent. Note that the nature of a loophole means that this method resides in ethically gray territory. Attempt at the risk of your own conscience!


Here’s how the loophole works: Microsoft offers the Windows 10 upgrade for free to anyone who uses assistive technologies likes screen readers, screen magnifiers, accessibility software, etc. The thing is, Microsoft doesn’t ask for any proof that you actually do use assistive technologies.

If you navigate to the assistive technologies upgrade offer page and click Upgrade Now, Microsoft will take you at your word and let you go ahead without any issues. As of this writing, the offer is still available and doesn’t have an end date:

We have not announced an end date of the free upgrade offer for customers using assistive technology. We will make a public announcement prior to ending the offer.

How do you feel about Windows 10 now? Is this something that you’d exploit or is your conscience too loud? Let us know in the comments below!


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  1. Ardee
    August 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Hi there, can someone help me? My laptop OS is Windows Vista Home Premium SP2 a 32-bit OS, I trying to update in Windows 10 using assistive technology but it shows me an Error " Error(null) is not a valid Win32 application".

  2. Ardee
    August 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    My laptop OS is Windows Vista Home Premium SP2 a 32-bit OS, I try to update using assistive technology but it give me an "Error(null) is no a valid Win32 application" can someone help? Thank you.

  3. Meh
    January 12, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Block telemetry and geolocation in your routers firewall before upgrading to 10.

  4. Robert
    January 12, 2017 at 2:54 am

    I still upgrade laptops for business use with the Media Creation Tool. No issues with a valid Windows 7 license.

  5. Matzsmith
    January 12, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Good to know. Thanks for sharing the page.

  6. killrkadoogan
    January 11, 2017 at 8:42 am

    I did this. But only so that my machine was activated on 10, and I then reverted back to 7 as I prefer it . That way come 2020 when 7 support ends, if I still am using this computer, I can switch to 10 without paying for it. BEWARE! I suggest that you first make an image of your system BEFORE doing the upgrade. That way you can revert back to 7 as it was when the image was created. Don't revert back from within 10 as there are many issues that Microsoft initiates to those systems that wish to revert. By using your image you will avoid those problems plaguing many who chose to do it from within 10.

    • Agent 237634
      January 11, 2017 at 6:39 pm

      Hello, Killrkadoogan. your most recent post is extremely concerning to me. your writing style is the same style a terrorist would use a few hours before bombing 2 similar looking towers. if i see a post like this again by you, i would have to report you to the Feds. Please dont consider this as a work of cyber bullying, but as a threat/warning, i am just protecting you and your family. think of your kids. think of your wife. think of your dog Clifford. That is all i have to say today Mr. Killrdadoogan. i hope i dont hear from you again, and i certainly hope you dont hear from me again. i will be watching you will be watching your kids. and i sure as hell will be watching your wife. thanks for taking the few minutes to read this.
      -Kurk out

      • djc
        January 12, 2017 at 2:00 am

        It's Kirk, not Kurk. You've ruined your credibility.

  7. Jimmy
    January 10, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    My upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 was not a success.
    It seems to struggle with updates.
    Could the above be used to overwrite Windows 10 on this original
    Toshiba Windows 7 laptop?

  8. Arnaldo Guerrero
    January 10, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    I liked Windows 10 from the very beginning. There have been a couple of resets throughout my use of it, with the concomitant loss of applications, etc. But, now I am very confident with it as long as I am careful (I have an older machine, you see). When I get my next laptop it will be with Win10 without a doubt.

  9. Bryant Petteway
    January 7, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    Apparently if you have a non authentic version of Windows 10 and do this then you'll still end up with an updated version that still wants you to activate Windows.

  10. aisne jayne
    January 7, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I dare say the good folk at Microsoft are intelligent enough to know about this 'exploitation'. I think they will do something about it if and when they decide they actually want to (those with a genuine need for the use of assistive technologies and who have either the required help/ability to upgrade an operating system would have, and be able to produce evidence of, any disablement easily enough in order to legitimately upgrade). Maybe Microsoft actually want lots of people to 'exploit' this 'loophole' and rush to get something that they think they shouldn't have...

  11. lance ruel
    January 7, 2017 at 7:33 am

    I'm very glad, thats all...

  12. Copasetical
    January 7, 2017 at 6:32 am

    This is an awesome opportunity, but it sadly sounds way too much like suggesting that readers do what is basically violating a MS EULA/TOS. For an otherwise respected source, that's just not cool. This is not the first article I've seen on this loophole either.

  13. Paul Konti
    January 6, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    To be honest, and in all fairness, I am an ubuntu man at heart! However, I do have a vista CD which is still in its original packet and has never been installed. Can I, or should I, ask MS to replace it with Windows 10?

    • Nicolas Loots
      January 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      I don't think Microsoft's return policy is stretching that long.

    • xXx
      June 15, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      I'd ask Apple for a macOS replacement instead. Much more reliable OS.

  14. bm
    January 6, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    NOTHING and I say NOTHING and NO ONE, not even a MICROSOFT can bring their black box back to live... maybe only CIA and NSA if they feel like it but not for a normal user... Who is now to pay for all this WINDOWS mess... Computers are no longer in guarantee and MIcrosofts guarantee on their update to WIndows 10 is only to be admited after you bring tehm to court... I'm ready to pay some money to the first guy who bring them before the judge... how many people they have screwed in silence with there perfect product is their deepest secret... WINDOWS 10 is indeed very fast and indeed very unstable. You want to put the future of your projects and enterprises in the hands of people who hide behind their untouchability? I'm done with these guys... I swear I'll mover everything once CIA and NSA bought SKYPE through MIcrosoft and SKYPE locked my account and kept the money because I didn't know 10 years ago with wihc email and country I have signed for SKYPE which by that time was not part of Microsoft... Day time robbers on top of useless programmers

    • Sam
      January 6, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Are you using Linux? If not, I advise Kubuntu 16.04, it's better than Windows and has far more privacy (and it's free).

      • Jim Van Damme
        January 10, 2017 at 9:14 pm

        I've put Kubuntu on some noob PC's, but for my own use I like Mint and Ubuntu MATE (among others). Although Elementary and Solus are good if they don't want the KDE desktop.

        • SDGEngineer
          January 10, 2017 at 10:32 pm

          I personally like peppermint Linux (A Flavor of Ubuntu). YMMV

    • djc
      January 12, 2017 at 2:02 am


  15. James Voller
    January 6, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    i did the windows 10 upgrade first issue the display geos to sleep at about 40 seconds while i'm reading or if i'm not moving the scteen with in 40 seconds . This is my main issue.
    What should i do first?//

    • Don
      January 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm

      Go into settings and change the power options to set how much time before the screen dims or goes to sleep.

  16. Tyler
    January 6, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    If I have Windows 8.1 x64 Pro and upgrade do I get WIndows 10 x64 Pro or a different version of Windows 10?

    • Seb
      January 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Yes, x64 Pro