Windows 10 Upgrade Loophole may be closed as Microsoft ends free Windows 10 Upgrade Program (Update: It's Still Free!)
Last edited 05/01/2018 - 22:46
Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer for "assistive technology" users will end this year
Or will it?
In an effort to convince the entire world to make the upgrade to Windows 10—or at least every Windows user—Microsoft offered the OS as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users for the first year, and then continued to offer it for free through its assistive technologies page. Customers who user assistive technologies can still upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost, as well as anyone else (more on that in a second), at least for now. Come late December, the free ride will be over. Maybe.
As it stands, the assistive technologies pages lists an expiration date of December 31, 2017. That will be the last day users will be able to upgrade for free, unless Microsoft changes its mind between now and then and extends the deadline (again), or simply neglects to flip the switch. However, we would not count on that.
Source: Hothardware and various other sites.
How to lock in your free Windows 10 upgrade and keep using your old Windows version
Regardless of the outcome, if you're suffering from "fear of missing out but still hate Windows 10 with a passion" syndrome, here's what you can do to redeem your license of Windows 10 and rollback to good old Windows 7 or 8.
- Visit this Assistive Technologies webpage and click on Upgrade now.
- Perform the upgrade by installing the Upgrade Assistant and going through the steps of performing an in-place upgrade. You'll need roughly 10 gigabytes of free space for the upgrade to be successful. The less space you have, the longer it may take to upgrade. SSD's improve install speeds. If you lack space, create a bootable USB drive instead using the Media Creation tool.
- Install Windows like you normally would. You should also log into an online Microsoft account. This will tie your W10 entitlement to your online account, meaning as you move from computer to computer, your license moves along with you. (this excludes OEM licenses)
- After Windows 10 is installed, type in "Settings" in the Cortana search box and bring up "Recovery" menu in settings. You'll see an option that says "Go back to Windows 7 / 8". Click it and make yourself a cup of coffee.
Update: 5 January 2017
Windows 10 is still free to upgrade to.
However, you might come across an error while attempting to install. According to GHacks..
You may get the error message api-ms-win-core-libraryloader-l1-1-1.dll is missing when you try to upgrade a PC running Windows 7 to Windows 10.
The error is not limited to the upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and the Windows10UpgraderApp.exe. Windows 7 users ran into the error when they tried to run other programs on Windows 7 as well, but the bulk of issues is caused by Microsoft’s upgrade tool.
The error is thrown after you run the Windows 10 Update Assistant on the Windows 7 machine. The Update Assistant downloads the Windows 10 installation files fine but throws the error when it starts the installation of the operating system.
It is possible to fix this error. Simply head over to the Ghacks website where they document how to