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Karamjit Lal

Windows 10 Still Available as Free Upgrade Using Assistive Tech Trick

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Karamjit Lal    4,254
Karamjit Lal

Microsoft launched Windows 10 with much fanfare in July 2015 and the company offered the new operating system as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 in the first 12 months of availability.

Shortly after this promo came to an end, it was revealed that Windows 7 and 8.1 users with accessibility features activated were still capable of upgrading to Windows 10 free of charge, and Microsoft said that it allowed the upgrades on purpose because it wanted these users to benefit from the new operating system too.

Redmond, however, promised to block the free upgrades for those using assistive tech, as this was obviously a loophole that allowed pretty much anyone to get Windows 10 free of charge by simply enabling accessibility features.

And yet, here we are today with the same free upgrade offer still available, no less than seven months after Microsoft announced that it would block the trick.

No change just yet

Nothing has changed about the free upgrades offered to users with assistive technology, and just like it happened before, there’s absolutely no verification system in place that would prevent someone from benefitting from the offer. Although the promo is specifically targeting people with disabilities, pretty much everyone can upgrade to Windows 10 if they claim they’re using assistive tech.

“We are not restricting the free upgrade offer to specific assistive technologies. If you use assistive technology on Windows, you are eligible for the free upgrade offer,” Microsoft says. “We have not announced an end date of the free upgrade offer for customers using assistive technology. We will make a public announcement prior to ending the offer.”

Microsoft is yet to update the page with a target date for ending the upgrade promo, but we’ve reached out to the company to ask for more information and we’ll update this article to let you know when an answer is offered.

In the meantime, it’s pretty clear that Microsoft needs more users to upgrade to Windows 10 and keeping such a loophole available is one of the ways to make sure this goal is achieved. And in the end, the company can’t be accused of anything, as the main purpose is to give people using assistive tech the chance to upgrade to Windows 10 without a fee.

 

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vitorio    832
vitorio

It is good for them and us!

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shorty6100    281
shorty6100

Microsoft WANTS you to install Windows 10-that's why there's this "loophole".

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quachnam    7
quachnam
2 hours ago, shorty6100 said:

Microsoft WANTS you to install Windows 10-that's why there's this "loophole".

absolutely! That is reason MS wants to do

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luisam    805
luisam

Windows 10 intalled itself in the computer of my son in November, replacing his Windows 7, without any warning or notification! and certainly he never use any "Assistive Tech Trick"

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David    47
David

LOL finaly 

 

then adds will be on the free version in the future...  and spying etc etc

 

they need computers with the same software to properly synchronize the spying

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D1v1n3D    53
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they have been spying for at least a decade where were you when bush jr hit office of USA he started the massive data collecting with NSA CIA and other entities we don't even know exist besides that Microsoft, Apple and Linux all have mandatory back-doors request via by all major governments as in world government as in United Nations, European Union and the likes, that is the real reason the Internet was given access to the public almost 30 years ago. It is in every bit of software including your so called protective firewalls, vpn's, and anything else you think you are secure behind from the government No never will be it is their invention from average hackers sure but advanced hackers if they want in they will get in, there is no such thing as perfectly secure.

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heyyahblah    278
heyyahblah
On 2/16/2017 at 3:55 PM, D1v1n3D said:

they have been spying for at least a decade where were you when bush jr hit office of USA he started the massive data collecting with NSA CIA and other entities we don't even know exist besides that Microsoft, Apple and Linux all have mandatory back-doors request via by all major governments as in world government as in United Nations, European Union and the likes, that is the real reason the Internet was given access to the public almost 30 years ago. It is in every bit of software including your so called protective firewalls, vpn's, and anything else you think you are secure behind from the government No never will be it is their invention from average hackers sure but advanced hackers if they want in they will get in, there is no such thing as perfectly secure.

 

That's the way it is man. Back in the 80's or 90's no one cared when we had our C64's and Amiga 500's and 386/486 computers with modems. Just play games alone or use a modem to play a game with friends if you were lucky to have one. I remember playing Doom, Descent multiplayer with a 4800 baud modem and dial into BBSes.

 

Now a days we are so mind controlled by the internet that if your modem goes offline, people go insane and turn off the computer as it seems installing a computer without being connected to the internet feels totally useless. Back in 94 we didn't care as long as we had software, games, basic, lots of things to do. Now its mostly porn, social media, and trolling people, nothing more. Sad times. Oh and don't forget the spying of course.

 

Each new version of Windows and software gets worse and worse. From Windows to Browsers to everything collecting data.

 

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humble3d    3,378
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This is also to comply with The Americans with disabilities Act, et seq. ...

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americans_with_Disabilities_Act_of_1990

 

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D1v1n3D    53
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You hear that Samsung has been telling all who own their smart TV's, that they are advised to not talk about important/sensitive information in the same room as the television, because it is always listening. I bet this is for all smart devices including desktops, laptops, smartphones and anything with net connection and a microphones.

https://www.cnet.com/news/samsungs-warning-our-smart-tvs-record-your-living-room-chatter/

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Beamslider    212
Beamslider

I have a Samsung smart TV....not one with voice recognition so as it doesn't have the mic it can't be listening.   I don't need any TV that takes voice commands.  Remotes work just fine

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davmil    286
davmil

Did the Win 10 accessibility upgrade today.  Ran without a hitch or any nosy questions.  Recommended if you want Win 10.

 

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moricka    7
moricka

Thanks for sharing, could update a PC for W10 with this method!

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