WHEN DOES THE WINDOWS 10 FREE UPGRADE EXPIRE?
Windows 10 Free upgrade deadline, we give you all the information you need to know below.
Microsoft announced and released the free upgrade in 2015 with the offer being valid for 1 year and this expires on July 29th 2016, have you upgraded or should you upgrade?
Windows 10 is apparently now on 300 Million devices worldwide which is pretty impressive, Microsoft, however, have been aggressive in their upgrade notifications and some owners being forced into upgrading without consent.
I personally experienced this myself on a Windows 8 Laptop which installed the update without myself initiating the process, I was annoyed by this aggressive underhanded tactic of Microsoft wants put Windows 8 back on, naughty Microsoft!
IM RUNNING WINDOWS 7 / WINDOWS 8 SHOULD I UPGRADE?
This really has to be your choice, on older machines there have been issues and some customers encountered issues with Windows 10 not installing, looping etc.
Personally I’m still on Windows 7 for my business computers and Windows 8 on a Laptop, I did the same with Windows XP and did not have Windows Vista, I went straight to Windows 7 which I find a good OS. I don’t need anything fancy with Apps and the App Store, I use the Apple iPad for Apps so I get the best of both worlds.
If you want to upgrade then I suggest backing up your current OS by taking a system image in case things go wrong, if you do upgrade you can revert the changes within Windows 10 within 30 days.
With the FREE upgrade deadline slowly approaching it’s unclear whether the 30 days will cease after this date, as it stands it is 30 days to roll back to your previous Operating System.
WILL I STILL GET UPDATES IF ON WINDOWS 7 OR WINDOWS 8
Microsoft mainstream support for Windows 7 ended on 13th January 2015 and extended support ends on 14th January 2020, Windows 8 mainstream support expires 9th January 2018 and extended support on 10th January 2023.
What is the difference between mainstream support and extended support? Microsoft give 5 years mainstream support on newly released OS software with a further 5 years extended support, most of our customers main concerns have been the worry of security updates.
Microsoft will continue to roll out security updates on Windows 7 (2020) and Windows 8 (2023) so there is no concern there, you won’t be at risk as Microsoft still cover you with the extended support promise.
WHY HAVE MICROSOFT BEEN PUSHY WITH WINDOWS 10
There has been lots of talk of this on the Internet, it’s very evident that Microsoft want as many customers to be on the same Operating System as possible, 300 Million so far based on the statistics of May 2016.
I feel Microsoft are heading towards phasing out supporting so many versions of Windows Operating Systems, focusing on less products means less human resources.
Most software vendors, Adobe etc have all gone the route of monthly / annual subscriptions, this does create more revenue compared to buying software at a one-off price as you don’t need to buy the software again, subscription based software might benefit some as they always get the latest up to date software as it’s rolled out, no need to buy a complete new version on disc.
Software vendors know they can make more money with subscriptions compared to ” I own a particular software version on disc ” now the software vendor owns you by means of a subscription, as long as it benefits you the customer then there is no problem but I guarantee you pay more compared to pay-once software.
This is the way I feel Microsoft will go, yearly subscription yields much more revenue than pay-once software. So really is the FREE upgrade going to be FREE? only time will tell.
I do believe Microsoft have been over-aggressive on Windows 10 with forcing the update, so it’s only human nature to question is there a motive or calculated plan behind this.
WILL MICROSOFT INCREASE THE JULY 29TH DEADLINE?
We will certainly have to see what Microsoft do over the next month or so as the deadline approaches, I think Microsoft will put more pressure on this deadline but I get a suspicion they might extend the deadline if they don’t see the expected influx of panic upgrades.
But please don’t take my suspicion as gospel, if you want the free Windows 10 upgrade then I suggest you upgrade but make sure you backup your OS and files as a precaution.