Folks, the party is over!
No more Windows 10 free upgrades after July 29.
It was on July 29 last year - Windows 10 became publically available. Now, exactly after a year, Microsoft is pulling back its free upgrade offer on Windows 10. Today is the last day to use free upgrade option to Windows 10 from your Windows 7 or 8.1 machines.
Didn't upgraded to Windows 10 yet? No worry, you have still few hours left to get Windows 10 free upgrade. Or if you're sick of Microsoft upgrading messages and happy with the current version you've, then let me tell you what’ll eventually happen if you don't upgrade to Windows 10 right now.
For Windows XP, Windows Vista Users
As you know, Microsoft had already stopped all Windows XP related patches and security updates before May 2014. So, it’s quite insecure to work on this OS in today’s cyber environment. For Vista users, extended support from Microsoft is likely to end around April next year. Thereby, it's better to have latest OS with complete support from Microsoft.
But before upgrading, make sure your system has enough hardware configuration that your desired OS demands. Here are Windows 10 minimum system requirements.
And, you can’t directly upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows XP or Vista. Instead, you’ve to upgrade to Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1. From these systems, you can upgrade to corresponding Windows 10 editions.
For Windows 7 Users
The mainstream support for Windows 7 has ended on January 13 this year. It doesn’t mean that you won’t receive any security updates for your Windows 7 machine from Microsoft – it has an extended support up to 2010, January 14. But, you’ll no longer receive any non-security updates unless you’re not a desktop operating system user.
But, Windows 7 users have to make sure that they are using Service Pack 1 for upgrading to Windows 10.
Even Microsoft offers to keep your files and programs after a Windows 10 upgrade, it’s good to take a backup of all your important files before upgrading to prevent data loss. Unexpected PC crashes can occur during the upgrade process that’ll result in the loss of your vital files.
For Windows 8 and 8.1 Users
Luckily, Windows 8 and 8.1 has mainstream support from Microsoft up to January 2018. Anyhow, Microsoft recommends Windows 8 users for upgrading to either Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
What’ll Microsoft Charge for Windows 10?
Microsoft has already revealed the price tags for Windows 10 Home and Pro editions. Home edition will be available for $119.99 and the price of Pro edition will be $199.
And, there’s an update from Microsoft about this pricing – there won’t be any price reduction for users who’re upgrading from older Windows versions. So, whether you’re performing a fresh installation or an in-place upgrade, you’ll have to pay full price for your copy.
It’s your Last Chance, Use it
It’d be a wise, forward-looking decision if you’re upgrading to Windows 10 today itself. It’s not just because of saving some money but you’ll have the latest OS, so to receive security updates regularly.
The decision is solely yours!!
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