Free Upgrades to Windows 10 End Today

Extended support to continue until January 2023

The Windows 10 “assistive technologies” loophole, the workaround that allows the disabled (or anyone who claims to be) to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 10, ends today. The Windows 10 free upgrade period officially ended back in July 2016, but the grace period was extended to ease the transition for users who employ the use of accessibility services, i.e. the on-screen narrator or a braille keyboard.

January 9 marked the day mainstream support ended for Microsoft’s tablet-centric operating system. Windows 8 is now in the “extended support” period, in which only security fixes and patches are pushed to legacy users. Windows 7 is also at this stage in its lifecycle, with end-of-life sunsets scheduled for 2020 and 2023 for Windows 7 and Windows 8, respectively. 

July 29, 2016 was the last day most users could upgrade for free.

Windows 10 was called “the last version of Windows” when it was introduced in 2015. Naturally, this claim and the indefinite support it implied were simply too good to be true. Windows 10 version 1507, for example, has already reached end-of-life. Windows 10 as a whole will sunset on October 14, 2025. What this means for the future of Redmond’s desktop OS remains to be seen.

Users aided by assistive technologies must upgrade today if they don't want to pay.

After today, all users, even those who are handicapped, will have to pony up the $119.99 for Windows 10 Home or the $199.99 for Windows 10 Pro. New features are no longer being pushed to Windows 8 and security support will end in five years' time.