Windows 10 won’t be free much longer. On July 29, Microsoft plans to shut down the free upgrade option for its latest operating system — and will force users to pay. Some people don’t want Windows 10, and will be happy to see the end of those nagging upgrade prompts. But if you want the new OS, but keep putting it off, now is the time to act. If you wait until August, it will cost you a pretty penny.
Here’s a brief overview of what Windows 10 offers, how to install it, and how much it will cost after July 29.
Is Windows 10 any good?
There are some monetization schemes baked into Windows 10, sure, but on the whole, we think it’s a good deal for computer users. If you want to learn more, go ahead and read our complete review of Windows 10. You can also read about the update coming later this summer, the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, which has all sorts of new features.
How much will Windows 10 cost after the July 29 deadline?
- Windows 10 Home currently costs $120 from the Microsoft Store.
- Windows 10 Pro currently costs $200 from the Microsoft Store.
- Upgrading from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro currently costs $100.
Most users eligible for the free upgrade will end up with
In summary, for most users upgrading after July 29,
How do I upgrade to Windows 10 for free?
Most Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users have, at this point, seen countless pop-up notifications advertising the free
We’ve found that upgrading to
What if I want a fresh installation of Windows 10?
Initially, the free
Read our guide to downloading a Windows 10 ISO for more information about how to acquire and use this file to install
What if I install Windows 10, and hate it?
If you upgraded to
To switch to your old version of Windows, you need to open Settings from the Start menu. Then, head to Updates & security.
From here, click Recovery, and you should see a Return to Windows 7 or Return to Windows 8 option.
Click this and you’ll be guided through the process of switching back to your old version of Windows. Note that, if you change your mind later, your Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 product key will work for
Don’t see the option to Return to your previous version of Windows? You’ll have to install manually. Check out our guide on how to downgrade from Windows 10 for more details.
What happens if I stick to Windows 7, or Windows 8.1?
Maybe you tried
- Windows 7 extended support lasts until January 14, 2020.
- Windows 8.1 extended support lasts until January 10, 2023.
Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will stop getting security updates after the aforementioned dates, meaning that every zero day exploit will become an exploit forever. This is very bad news for your security, so you should try to upgrade your computer by then.
Basically, if you think you’ll use your current computer past the end of extended support for your current operating system, upgrading while the OS is free is probably a good idea. But if you think you’ll buy a new computer before then, it’s probably fine to stick with your current operating system.
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