For the primary 12 months of its availability, Microsoft supplied 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 badistive expertise resembling 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 badistive expertise will not be eligible for a free improve.
What meaning in observe, nonetheless, is lower than clear. The limitations of the improve supply have by no means been meaningfully enforced. Paul Thurrott has been testing the flexibility 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 really utilizing badistive expertise or something like that; you’ll be able to 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 alter this and demand an precise Windows 10 product key for putting in or upgrading, however we would not be totally stunned if previous Windows product keys continued to work indefinitely. Apart from the rest, reinstalling Windows 10 with a Windows 7 or eight product key’s an affordable, permitted factor to do for many who took benefit of the improve supply.