How to get the Windows 10 Free upgrade + assistive technologies free upgrade availability after July 29th 2016

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Microsoft will release Windows 10 its next generation operating system on July 29th 2015

Please note that after July 29th 2016 the free upgrade offer ended, however it is still active for users of assistive technologies. 

Learn how Windows 10 will be distributed and what you need to do to reserve your free copy.

Windows 10 free upgrade for customers who use assistive technologies  



Windows 10 Upgrade Requirements:

Windows 8 users must have Windows 8.1 with Update 1 installed.

Read the following article:

To check if the necessary Windows Updates have been installed:

First verify that you have IE11 installed? If not then download and install IE11:

1) Verify that  for Windows 8.1 KB3035583 and KB2976978 are installed.

(KB3035583 and KB2952664 for Windows 7)

Open Windows Update as follows:

Right click on ‘Start’ / Control Panel / Windows Updates and in the bottom left corner click on the ‘Installed Updates’ link.

In the upper right corner there is a ‘Search Installed Update’ box. Enter the appropriate pair of KB numbers (one at a time) for your version of Windows. Example: KB3035583

Note: If these updates were installed within the last week continue on to step #2, otherwise un-install both updates and re-install them and then continue to step #2.

2) Open Windows ‘Task Scheduler’ (Start / Computer / Manage) and navigate to:

Computer Management / System Tools / Task Scheduler / Task Scheduler Library / Microsoft / Windows / Application Experience

3) Right click on ‘Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser’ and select the ‘Run’ option. You may need to wait anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes or more for the task to complete and return to the ‘Ready’ Status. Press the F5 key to refresh the ‘Status’ about every 10 minutes.

4) Open File Explorer in Windows 8.1 and navigate to the C:\Windows\System32\GWX folder. Right click on the GWX.exe file and select the ‘Run as administrator’ option. Click ‘Yes’ when prompted.

5) Let the computer idle, keep your laptop connected to AC power and about 1 hour (take a good movie break), more if you have a slower computer (about 2 hours to play it safe) and if the GWX icon is still not displayed, shut you device totally down (do not hibernate or go into Sleep mode) for the night.

6) The next day power on the computer and wait about 30 minutes, the GWX icon should now be visible.

7) Click on the GWX icon in the taskbar and view the 6 slide presentation. You’re now ready to immediately make your reservation or wait a while as it’s a free upgrade for a year starting on July 29th, 2015

The Get Windows 10 app will provide with a tutorial of how the reservation works.

•Reserve your FREE upgrade to Windows 10 now. It will download* once available, and you can cancel your reservation at any time.

•You'll get a notification after Windows 10 is downloaded to your device. Install it right away or pick a time that's good for you.

•After it's installed, Windows 10 is all yours.

Learn more about the new features:

Windows 10 Faqs:

Additional Wiki articles you may want to read:

Windows 10 - What type of product key do I have?

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Threshold 2 Update - Still waiting for the update, how to get it installed now

Windows 10 Fall Update Threshold 2 now available

How to extend the 30 day limit to go back to your previous version of Windows

I have a Vista operating system on my Dell computer, and Chrome will not support any future updates; can I install Windows !0 on my system?

Dom Guerriero

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So does it operate the same as the regular Windows 10? Also, is it possible that if I use this upgrade would I be able to disable the assistive technology capabilities after completed upgrade in either part or full?

1st see if the Assistive Technology offer is still available now that the Creators Update has been released (April 11th, 2017).

Anything specific you are referring to a to the "assistive technology capabilities" as I don't think you will notice any difference.

Never be afraid to ask. This forum has some of the best people in the world available to help.

I have a Vista operating system on my Dell computer, and Chrome will not support any future updates; can I install Windows !0 on my system?

Dom Guerriero

*** Email address is removed for privacy ***

I would have to say no just because the free upgrade promotion was for Windows 7 and 8.1 users. You can either buy Windows 7 (should be cheaper now) and then perform this Windows 10 upgrade , or just buy a Windows 10 Upgrade Disc.

I tried upgrading today, but i'm getting a "Can't reach this page" error, and the site shows up as null.

Has the update already been taken down?  I thought we had until the 16th ?!


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