There were rumors — and possibly more than a few bets — that Microsoft would extend its free Windows 10-upgrade offer. But the company stood firm on its July 29 deadline for all but a few Windows users.
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Providing a bit of upgrade-deadline relief
Prior to July 29, there were rational rumors that Microsoft would extend the Win10 free-upgrade offer for those who were having installation difficulties. That was mostly confirmed by Microsoft MVP and MS Community moderator Andre Da Costa in a July 30 GroovyPost article. Andre noted that many procrastinators were scrambling — unsuccessfully, in some cases — with getting Windows 10 installed on their Win7 and Win8.1 systems before the clock stopped on July 29 — at 23:59, Hawaii time.
(I’m familiar with that scene: I updated three systems this past Thursday evening for family members who had been sitting on the fence for months. In one case, the “Get Windows 10” app on a Win7 machine said that the upgrade could not be completed because of incompatible graphics drivers. I switched to Microsoft’s online-based installation helper and it completed the upgrade — though with generic Microsoft graphics drivers. Still, that gives me time to hunt down better drivers or get a newer graphics board.)
Andre gives some hope to those whose Win10 installation started and failed before the deadline. Contact Microsoft support (online, MS Service numbers page) and an agent might be able to help you complete the free upgrade.
In another MS Community thread, a minor brouhaha erupted over a possible deadline extension — and the source was Microsoft. A would-be Win10 upgrader showed chat posts in which a MS Answers tech erroneously stated that the deadline had been extended for another two weeks. That error was quickly corrected by a Microsoft forum moderator.
To add to the overall confusion, a The Verge article provides a “trick” that could let you still acquire Win10 for free.