If you’re one of the many people who shunned the new Windows 10 operating system when the early negatives came out, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is you weren’t one of the ones who experienced disappointing results, but the bad news is that you’re missing out on a golden opportunity to upgrade to newly improved features for free.

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But there’s still hope. The countdown has begun, and you have less than twenty-four hours to take the plunge and grab your free upgrade. After that, you’ll have to shell out around $120 to make the transition to the new OS. If you hurry and upgrade by July 29th, you’ll also be eligible for the new release on August 2nd.

But if you’re firmly on the fence about it, here are some things you need to know. Upgrading isn’t as simple as just clicking on one of those annoying little popups from Microsoft, kindly reminding you to join the club. You need to back up any and all important files, documents, photos, or other stored content that could get eaten in the switch. Also, be aware that the upgrade requires 3GB of space, and that your account will be charged if you still pay for internet use in data increments instead of having an unlimited plan.

If you are interested in biting the bullet and going with 10, here’s Microsoft’s own website devoted to helping you with an easy transition. There are demos videos on there, as well as instructions and ever-present “get started” buttons. If you’d rather read a few more reviews of the operating system, here’s a good selection, but remember that the clock is ticking. Miss the deadline, and it will cost you big in order to move to 10.