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There’s still a way to get Windows 10 for free

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If you missed out on upgrading to Windows 10 for free before July 31, all is not lost just yet. There’s a (completely legal) trick that lets you update to Microsoft’s latest operating system without having to pay up, but you’ll need to act fast.

Microsoft gave Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users plenty of time to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, yet many decided not to take advantage of its offer. Now that it has ended, some wish they had — but it’s not too late.

“All you need to do is download an EXE file from Microsoft’s hidden away accessibility site, and the Windows 10 upgrade will commence without any checks,” according to The Verge.

“Microsoft says it has not announced an end date for the upgrade extension, and the company will make a public announcement when it plans to remove the free Windows 10 upgrade for assistive technology users.”

Microsoft may not appreciate it, so it’s unsure how long this trick will be available, but this is a totally valid way to obtain a free Windows 10 upgrade. We recommend you take advantage of it now before it’s too late.

On Tuesday, August 2, Microsoft will rollout its free Anniversary Update for Windows 10 users. The release includes a long list of changes and improvements, including Cortana enhancements, Windows Ink, Edge extensions, and more.

The Verge

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...