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Extension of time to upgrade to Windows 10

Posted on 2016-08-03
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I've read that an upgrade can still be performed on PCs where upgrade attempts didn't work.  I got it installed on about 18 PCs before the clock ran out, but couldn't get two to upgrade after many changes to machines in response to messages when the upgrades failed.  I later found a post that suggested unplugging printers and/or other peripherals, as the upgrade would try to update their drivers and would fail. That would be the next thing I'd try.

I had an email about how to get an extension of time, but I can't find it.  Accidentally deleted I suppose.

Does anyone have any information on this?

Thanks, Ron Hicks
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See https://www.thurrott.com/windows/windows-10/75159/can-still-use-windows-78-x-product-key-activate-windows-10 and http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-free-upgrade-is-still-available-using-windows-7-and-8-product-keys/

You've still got time but make use of it.

I suggest a total new reinstall if the upgrade doesn't work and use the machine's serial number for Windows 10 validation.  You could do this on a new hard disk.
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The extension is not official and you got no email. So as per above, do the upgrades now because you are already late.
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Note that there is a legitimate loophole for those who require assistive technologies when using their PC.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade?tduid=(7385a42bdbd7bfe8d9a55dd9d61ad8ba)(256380)(2459594)(TnL5HPStwNw-H9yRAwVOtgVjxTC.STrniA

As near as I can tell, there is no validation of your use of assistive technologies -- if you simply click on the "Upgrade Now" button, you are (as noted on the page) asserting that "... Yes, I use assistive technologies and I am ready for my free upgrade to Windows 10."

Clearly it would not be ethical to use this path to the upgrade unless you indeed have a handicap that requires one of Microsoft's ease of use enhancement.
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by:Ronald Hicks
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I knew about the assistive tech option; I agree it would be unethical even though it reportedly isn't being verified, so I'm not going that route. I had not heard about the options dbrunton mentioned.  I had read of a third, for people that ran into problems being able to contact MS and get an extension and assistance, but I can't find it again.
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How do I close this question?
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If you are happy with the answers then accept the answers in the. Close Question wizard. Otherwise. If you are not happy, then Delete the question.
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