For the primary 12 months of its availability, Microsoft provided a free improve to Windows 10 for customers of non-enterprise variations of Windows 7 and eight. For most individuals, that scheme ended final July, however one group of Windows customers continued to be eligible for a free improve even after that cut-off level: these utilizing assistive know-how corresponding to display readers, Braille screens, or different usability aids.
At the time, there was no end-date for when these customers must improve. But now, as noticed by Ed Bott, there’s: December 31, 2017. After then, even customers of assistive know-how will not be eligible for a free improve.
What which means in follow, nevertheless, is lower than clear. The limitations of the improve supply have by no means been meaningfully enforced. Paul Thurrott has been testing the power to carry out clear installations of Windows 10 (utilizing the media creation instruments from Microsoft) with Windows 7 or Windows eight license keys, and this continues to work even with the most recent Fall Creators Update. There’s no verification that you just’re truly utilizing assistive know-how or something like that; you may simply enter the important thing, and the software program installs and prompts usually.
It’s attainable that in 2018 Microsoft may do one thing to vary this and demand an precise Windows 10 product key for putting in or upgrading, however we would not be completely shocked if previous Windows product keys continued to work indefinitely. Apart from the rest, reinstalling Windows 10 with a Windows 7 or eight product secret is an inexpensive, permitted factor to do for individuals who took benefit of the improve supply.