There is still a way that you can get the upgrade to Windows 10 at no-cost until December 31, 2017, through an exception made for those who seek assistive technologies.
You qualify for the free upgrade if you use assistive technologies, which include such features as a magnifier to better see the screen, a narrator to read text aloud, keyboard shortcuts and an on-screen keyboard. Such tech is “designed to provide additional accessibility to individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, and disabilities,” according to Microsoft.
Firstly, before any major upgrade, I do recommend that you have a backup of your computer.
Here’s how to get the upgrade at no charge:
STEP 1. From a Windows 7 or 8.1 device, go to this webpage Windows 10 free upgrade for customers who use assistive technologies.
STEP 2. Click on the Upgrade now button. Run the executable file to install the upgrade.
Microsoft then displays a series of screens that take you step by step through the setup process.
Follow the screens until Windows 10 is comfortably nestled into your device.
At no point during the upgrade does Microsoft ask for proof that you actually use any of the assistive technologies. So the upgrade could be accessible to any Windows 7 or 8.1 user who still wants to get Windows 10 for free.
The deadline for the free offer for users of assistive technologies, is December 31, 2017