All good things… they say, must come to an end,and that end inches in by the hour for Windows 10 free upgrade. Shouting the word out, you have until 23.59hr on 29 July –literally today, or tomorrow morning (depending on the time zone you are in) to download and upgrade to Windows 10 complimentary operating system. Majority of Windows users have enjoyed the goodwill of Microsoft over the last 12 months (I did too!), the gate to that ‘free’ shuts from tonight.
Well, perchance you are wondering what the noise on this free upgrade is all about and want to know more, here are some key facts to note:
What is it?
- It’s free for devices (desktops and tablets) running genuine version of Window 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1. Unfortunately, devices running Windows XP or older don’t qualify for this complimentary upgrade
- It’s the full version for you to own – for as long as you want.
Why should I upgrade?
- For maximum and up-to-date protection for your device as you navigate the ‘online world, Microsoft strongly recommends an upgrade.
- Plus, it’s the sleeker sibling of Windows 8, boosting incredibly beautiful features – like the virtual desktop, Cortana the virtual assistant… Need I say more?
What do I need to upgrade?
- Your device (for desktop upgrade) simply needs to meet these requirements:
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for a 32-bit machine, or 2GB for a 64-bit machine
- Disk space: 16GB for a 32-bit machine; 20GB for 64-bit machine
Where can I get it?
- Clicking on the ‘Get Windows 10 app’ icon at the bottom of your desktop screen – and selecting the ‘Upgrade now’ option will start things off.
…And what if…?
If after the upgrade you find it unlikeable (although I doubt you would), you will be able to roll back to the previous OS, provided you’ve kept the old files.
But then, perhaps you are one of the very few who frown at gratuitous gestures and would willingly give this a miss, you will be able to purchase the full version of Windows Home 10 for £99 – or $119 or the Pro version for £130 – or $199 – afterwards.
For more detailed technical guidance on upgrading to Windows 10, visit Microsoft.com.