Yep, that’s right, the clock really is ticking for users wanting to upgrade their viable computers for free to Windows 10.
Microsoft announced on their official blog that the free upgrade offer for Windows 7 and 8 users will officially expire on July 29th 2016. After that, users will have to purchase the full version of Windows 10 if they want to upgrade.
Microsoft originally provided Windows 10 upgrades free to users who already had copies of Windows 7 or 8 starting on the new operating systems release date of July 29th 2015.
Since then, Microsoft has now claimed that Windows 10 is active on 300 million devices and that they will be ending the free upgrades to their new OS on the anniversary of its initial release.
As Richard Hay notes in a post on winsupersite, current installs of Windows 10 will be available, “for the supported lifetime of the device”, meaning that if you already have Windows 10 on a given piece of equipment, such as your laptop, you will be able to continue using it until the device no longer works. This will apply even if you have to perform a re-install of Windows on the device due to a disruptive error.
The difficulty will come with installing Windows on new devices that have never had an installation of Windows 10. If you install a retail version of Windows 7 or 8 on a new device after July 29th, that device will not be eligible for a free upgrade. Instead you will have to either buy an upgrade key or buy a retail version of Windows 10 and install it instead.
If you want to use Windows 10 but aren’t sure if the upgrade is right for you, you still have until the July 29th 2016 to make a decision. That might seem like a long time, but don’t let the thought slip away or you may find the expiration date casting a shadow on your computer.
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