Deadline, what deadline? Microsoft ended their free Windows 10 upgrade offer, on target, on July 29, and Windows 7 and 8.1 users no longer have the option of installing the new OS.
But that’s just the official version of things.
Because, unofficially, users can continue to upgrade to Windows 10 just by using the product keys that they have for Windows 7 and 8.1. This loophole has been open for a few days now, but as reported there are chances that Microsoft will look at ways into blocking this.
In the very near future.
According to a Redmond spokesperson:
“Users upgrading their PC for the first time will need to enter a Windows 10 product key. Users who’ve previously installed Windows 10 on their PC should activate successfully with a digital entitlement when reinstalling Windows 10 on that PC.”
The company’s upgrade policy allows users that have previously installed Windows 10 before the deadline and activated their copy to return to the OS without paying — thanks to digital entitlement that makes it possible to deploy the operating system any time and activate it automatically.
Of course, no one would be complaining here, as users get more time to upgrade.
But at the end of the day, this is still a loophole that Microsoft can block at any minute.
For the moment, though, there is still time for Windows 7 and 8.1 users to make the upgrade, but it may well be their last chance to do it for free.