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Upgrade to Windows 10 for free before the offer ends on December 31

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade program ends December 31st (Source: Microsoft)
Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade program ends December 31st (Source: Microsoft)
If you're still rocking Windows 7 or 8.1, then now is the time to consider upgrading to Windows 10 free of charge while you can.

Officially, Microsoft ceased its Windows 10 upgrade program in July of 2016 for existing Windows 7 and 8.1 users. Nonetheless, users who utilize assistive technologies like magnifiers, braille, or mouse and keyboard alternatives have been enjoying an extended upgrade period with an expected end date of December 31, 2017. Unless if Microsoft suddenly decides to extend the free upgrade program further into 2018, then users will have just one day left to upgrade to the company's latest operating system for free.

As many users have already discovered, Microsoft requires no proof of physical disability to upgrade to Windows 10 other than the installed software aid. Thus, it's possible for any legitimate Windows 7 or 8.1 home user to take advantage of this oversight if they had missed the original July 2016 deadline. The official site to upgrade to Windows 10 can still be found here as of this writing, but it will likely be taken down in the next day or so if Microsoft is true to its word.

The Redmond company recently rolled out its Fall Creators Update that sources say have now reached over half of all Windows 10 PCs. The update adds mixed reality features, better OneDrive integration, a faster Edge browser, and other numerous small UI improvements.

Windows 10 Home currently retails for $120 and it will soon be the only major option in a matter of hours.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-12-30 (Update: 2017-12-31)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.