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Still want Windows 10 for free?

Windows 10 Blog - October 2017So the free upgrade for Windows expired on 29th July 2016.  Apparently not!

What happened after the free upgrade deadline passed?

The annoying tool to try and get you to upgrade to Windows 10 stopped popping up.

Prices for Windows 10 range from £15 to just under £200 on the web.

However, it turns out you can still upgrade for free using a number of methods.

Windows 10 Blog - October 2017How?


The upgrade provides you with a digital license.  That license is tied to that device so, even if you have to reformat the disk and perform a clean installation of the same edition of Windows 10 you won’t need a product key, activation is automatic.

Microsoft Media Creation Tool

To use the tool you need to run it from a Window 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 machine.  Although you can download the ISO file and load it onto a USB stick yourself.

Assistive Technologies

People who USE assistive technologies still quality for the free upgrade, though Microsoft doesn’t ask for any evidence that you actually use such tools.

“You qualify for the free upgrade if you use assistive technologies, which include such features as a magnifier to better see the screen, a narrator to read text aloud, keyboard shortcuts and an on-screen keyboard. Such tech is “designed to provide additional accessibility to individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, and disabilities,” according to Microsoft.”

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Windows 10 Blog - October 2017The future?

So, when will Microsoft publicly adopt the Apple approach of making the OS upgrades free?

Is this free upgrade option just an oversight on their part?

If it is an oversight and you still want to upgrade to Windows 10 but haven’t because of the cost, then you may now consider upgrading whilst its still free.


Check out this article from ZDNet for more information on upgrade options –


If you do a search on the web, you will find quite a few articles about the upgrade, but if you feel that ParadigmIT can be of assistance then please get in touch.

Windows 10…… Should I?


We’re coming to the end of the free offer period from Microsoft.

Should you partake of their free offer and get Windows 10 onto your desktop or laptop?

There are many reasons to take the free offer and update to Windows 10 – least of which is the ability to downgrade and keep your free digital entitlement license if you decide you don’t want it after all – as long as you haven’t run disk cleanup and it’s less than a month since the upgrade to Windows 10 (

Windows 10 is the upgrade that Windows 8 should have been.  A proper working Start menu that combines the traditional ‘Desktop’ menu from Windows 7 combined with the ‘Metro Block’ interface from Windows 8 just for tablet users – and a pure tablet mode for those user that liked the ‘Metro’ blocky menu (and there surely aren’t many of those going around!)

The upgrade itself is easy to do.  Look next to your clock on your desktop for the white Windows flag icon, click it and follow the instructions – just be sure that your machine (desktop or laptop) is powered up and plugged in, you have at least 8GB of hard disk space free – and that you have anywhere between 1-4 hours of your life to waste waiting on it downloading and installing.

Bear in mind that you’ll only see the flag icon to upgrade if you have a qualifying version of Windows installed:

  • Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic and Home premium versions will upgrade to Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate will upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Home will upgrade to Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 8.1 Pro & Pro for Students will upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
  • Windows Phone 8.1 will upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile (Check with your provider for upgrade availability)

The Pros

Windows 10 generally runs a lot more smoothly on most hardware – even with just 4GB of RAM (although 8GB is better).  If upgrading an older laptop, I would advise an upgrade to an SSD (Solid State Drive) from your old hard disk.

It has better hardware detection than previous versions of Windows (and indeed, the compatibility tester will tell you of any problems before the upgrade which is nice – thanks Microsoft!)

It’s a much nicer desktop – and will breathe fresh air into your old device

You’ll get the latest software technology for nada!

Networking is (in our tests) generally quicker – if you have a newer laptop (within the last year or so) it seems that throughput in wireless terms is a bit quicker, but this may be due to better driver technology inside Windows 10.

The Cons

I would say that as long as the compatibility tester gives your device a clean bill of health, there aren’t many.

The only problems can be with older external devices like printers and scanners (although there is a very nice ‘add older hardware’ wizard to help with this process which generally works well).

The sum up

It’s worth getting in on the free upgrade from Microsoft whilst you can if your device is offered one.  You can always downgrade again within the month if you feel that you want to.  Windows 10 is a very nice OS and will give your device a new lease of life.  If you need advice about your upgrade, please leave a comment and we’ll do our best to answer you!

Have fun upgrading, and remember you’ve only got until the 29th July 2016 to get it free before Microsoft starts to charge!

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