How to upgrade to Windows 10 for free

A free upgrade is still available, but it's meant for those who need assistive technologies

While the free upgrade to Windows 10 offer expired at the close of last week, Microsoft has still left a route open for Windows 7/8.1 users to switch to the newer OS if they're in need of assistive technologies.

These are features designed for those with impaired hearing or sight, allowing for things such as the magnification of text on-screen, and having text read aloud by Narrator.

However, as the Register, which spotted this, points out, no checks are made before you take this upgrade path, so apparently it's theoretically open to anyone who missed the Windows 10 deadline last week.

Although it's clearly a morally questionable move to use a process intended for those needing assistive measures on their PC.

At any rate, the Windows 10 upgrade is still available if you visit this accessibility page, and click the 'Upgrade Now' button – that will download the Windows 10 upgrade application, which you simply double-click to fire up.

If you were wondering how long this extended offer will last, it won't be forever, but Microsoft has said it will let folks know when it'll cease. Redmond stated: "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."