PC owners are being warned that their chance to get a free Windows upgrade is coming to an end. Microsoft has decided to close a little-known loophole that allowed Windows 7 and 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10 or 11 for free. Although the official free upgrade offer ended in 2016, users have still been able to unofficially upgrade to Windows 11 without charge.
This loophole, which Microsoft never bothered to close until now, is finally being closed. In a statement, a spokesperson for Microsoft confirmed that the installation path to obtain the Windows 7/8 free upgrade has been removed. However, upgrades from Windows 10 to Windows 11 are still free.
Experts are advising Windows users who want a free upgrade to act quickly, as it is uncertain when the loophole will be shut for good. Tech expert Darren Allan from TechRadar emphasized the need for urgency, stating, “If you do want to avail yourself of a free upgrade from Windows 7 or 8, you better move sharpish. It may even no longer be possible by the time you read this.”
While PC users are grappling with the end of the free upgrade loophole, Microsoft has been under scrutiny for other decisions. Xbox gamers have recently discovered that they can obtain a £50 Xbox game for free. Additionally, Microsoft is discontinuing a long-running app and receiving criticisms for halting software upgrades to their Surface Duo tablet.
Overall, PC owners are being encouraged to take advantage of the remaining opportunity to upgrade to a newer version of Windows for free. The closure of the loophole means that users will have to pay for any future upgrades.