Windows 10: Here’s what happens after the July 29th free Windows 10 offer ends

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  1. Posts : 1,563
    Windows 10 Pro x64 RS 10586.586
       23 Jun 2016 #1

    Here’s what happens after the July 29th free Windows 10 offer ends


    Here’s what happens after the July 29th free Windows 10 offer ends

    When Windows 10 was released to consumers in July of 2015, it was free for all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users — for one year. This was a new tactic for Microsoft. Instead of having consumers pay for the software, the company decided to offer it for free. This resulted in a huge spike in upgrades by consumers, with Microsoft going as far as proclaiming that over one billion users will activate Windows 10 in the coming years.

    Windows 10 has been a huge success for the company, with over 300 million active Windows devices. The software giant feels confident that they will reach their goal of having over a billion Windows 10 users. But there is one problem. The free upgrade promotion ends in a little over a month — July 29th to be exact.

    So what happens past July 29th? Here’s what Microsoft had to say to us:

    For those who decide not to upgrade for free within the first year beginning on July 29, you can purchase Windows 10 through the Microsoft Store or Microsoft retail partners.

    Once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current via Windows Update for the supported lifetime of the device – at no cost.

    The easiest way to get Windows 10 is to upgrade for free. You may also purchase Windows 10 if you decide not to upgrade, or if you need to purchase for other reasons like installing on a PC you built yourself. The suggested retail prices for Windows 10 in the U.S. are the same as Windows 8.1.
    Read: http://www.winbeta.org/news/heres-ha...-10-offer-ends
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  2.    23 Jun 2016 #2

    So my advice would be to upgrade to Windows 10 now even if you dont think you'l keep it. Because sometime in the future Windows 7/8* will expire or some games will require Windows 10 or some software and you'll kick yourself for not taking the free offer back in 2016.
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  3.    23 Jun 2016 #3

    I agree, for those who haven't taken advantage of the free upgrade should do so. Windows has improved since last year and there is no reason not to upgrade. Makes no sense to pay for something you can get free..
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  4.    23 Jun 2016 #4

    Thanks for sharing and I also agree that grabbing the free upgrade now is the best way to go. Getting the digital entitlement will keep ones toe in the Win10 world.
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  5.    23 Jun 2016 #5

    swarfega said: View Post
    So my advice would be to upgrade to Windows 10 now even if you dont think you'll keep it. Because sometime in the future Windows 7/8* will expire or some games will require Windows 10 or some software and you'll kick yourself for not taking the free offer back in 2016.
    Yup, and for when they want to sell their computer or pass it on to someone else at a later date.
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  6.    23 Jun 2016 #6

    gtspeck said: View Post
    I agree, for those who haven't taken advantage of the free upgrade should do so. Windows has improved since last year and there is no reason not to upgrade. Makes no sense to pay for something you can get free..
    I can think of a few reasons for someone not taking advantage of the free upgrade. There's the ones who don't like Win 10 and are happy with the OS they are using. Someone may have hardware and/or software that wont run on Win 10. Some people may be afraid or feel they're not computer literate enough to do the upgrade. Not all upgrades went smooth so there's always the change of messing up your computer. IMHO most of those who haven't upgraded yet probably wont upgrade until they buy a new computer.
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  7.    23 Jun 2016 #7

    Winuser said: View Post
    I can think of a few reasons for someone not taking advantage of the free upgrade. There's the ones who don't like Win 10 and are happy with the OS they are using. Someone may have hardware and/or software that wont run on Win 10. Some people may be afraid or feel they're not computer literate enough to do the upgrade. Not all upgrades went smooth so there's always the change of messing up your computer. IMHO most of those who haven't upgraded yet probably wont upgrade until they buy a new computer.
    Upgrade, get your Digital Entitlement, then go back to your original OS. I'm not going to go into detail on how you do it, that's been covered in many threads. Make an image of your current OS, etc, etc. Lots of ways to do it. Then if you change your mind after the 29th, it won't cost you anything other some time to upgrade to or clean install 10 again.
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  8.    23 Jun 2016 #8

    I wonder what happens to corporate accounts .
    I still have wds 7 pro. on my company's laptop ...?
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  9.    23 Jun 2016 #9

    RonCFL said: View Post
    I wonder what happens to corporate accounts .
    I still have wds 7 pro. on my company's laptop ...?
    They likely have a Software Assurance contract with Microsoft anyway. With that its just a license upgrade/transfer. Enterprise is excluded from the free upgrade. Upgrading VL editions will likely cause issues too.
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  10. Posts : 98
    Windows 10 Home 64bit V1607
       23 Jun 2016 #10

    Glad I upgraded recently and there's no turning back! It's going to be crunch time for many...
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