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Windows 10 – Free Upgrade Ending July 29. Is it Worth it?

Posted by Amy Normandin on Jul 20, 2016 10:38:09 AM

AIMG_4650.jpgWith the launch of Windows 10 over a year ago, Microsoft has reported that over 330 million devices have made the plug into Windows 10.  Whether you did the upgrade on your own, or if it was in one of Windows forced updates, you probably have had some contact with the newest Operating System (OS) from Microsoft. 

Windows 10 offers a lot in the way of features and security, and continues to get better.  It has a lot of features in the way of social interaction as well.  With built in apps, calendar syncing, Bing Rewards and even the ability to play Xbox One games from your computer, it continues to impress with its features.    

However, if you haven’t made the choice to upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you are running out of time.  As of July 29, 2016, Microsoft is going to stop all free upgrades.  From that point on, anyone running an older supported OS will have to purchase Windows 10.  So what does this mean if you are on Windows 7 or 8.1?  Well, for Windows 7 users, Microsoft will still support Windows 7 until the projected time frame of 2020.  But, they have made it pretty clear that the projected date is probably going to change and that the time table will move up.  For Windows 8.1 users, Microsoft has already stopped support for their flopped Operating System.  So the Windows 10 upgrade is your best option.  If you want to upgrade your current OS, you can do so and it is for the most part pretty easy.  For all users eligible, there will be a Windows icon in the bottom right corner of your task bar.  Simply click on that and follow the onscreen prompts.  It can take a bit depending on the computer, but once the upgrade completes, you should be ready to use your new operating system!

So, what does this mean for those that upgraded with the free version?  For the most part you are in the clear, unless you get a new computer.  The key for Windows 10 is set to the hardware on your machine, so any change on that machine will require a new license, which means a purchased version of Windows 10.  This also means that anyone with an upgraded OEM machine (purchased from Dell, HP, Gateway or other manufacture) will be in the same boat. 

So with all of this, is it worth it?  Should you even bother with the move until you get a new computer?  The answer for most people will be “yes”.  It all comes down to how old your computer is and when you plan on upgrading.  If you are going to wait a few years, it is probably best to take the free upgrade so it’s done and you are on a supported OS.  If you are currently looking to upgrade, go ahead and purchase your next PC with Windows 10 already installed.

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