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The Free Upgrade to Windows 10 Ends June 29th, 2016

by Felix Omondi
The Free Upgrade to Windows 10 Ends June 29th, 2016

To all late adopters out there still putting off upgrading their Windows computers to Windows 10, you have until June 29th, 2016 to do so. Later than that, you will have to part with $120 to upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8 computers.

Microsoft gave users one year of free upgrade after it released Windows 10 back on June 29, 2015. The free upgrade was only for computers running Windows 7 and Windows 8; users on Windows XP have had to pay at the very least $120.

The free upgrade was Microsoft’s way of getting as many people as possible, as fast as possible to install its new OS. With about 300 million devices running Windows 10, it would appear Microsoft plan worked well. Users on both old and new devices have installed Windows 10, as cited in the Microsoft blog post.

Experts say Windows 10 adoption rate has been the fastest in the company’s history. There are also claims that it is the most worthwhile upgrade for most users still running older Windows versions.

However, PC sales have been steadily on the decline, not even Microsoft’s release of new Windows seemed to have the effect it used to in the past of temporarily bumping up sales. It would appear Microsoft and PC makers, in general, have a task at hand in revamping users’ interest in buying PCs.

Nonetheless, if you have a PC at home or at work still running the Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can save money if you upgrade before July 29th. Later than that the upgrade will set you back at least $120; go to Microsoft Update website for a walkthrough on how to upgrade your PC.

Before upgrading, do a backup of your important data on an external hard drive or even better on a cloud service if possible. Although Windows 10 upgrade should not interfere with your data or settings, it is better to take precautions.

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