Windows 10 – free upgrade or paid subscription?

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Windows 10 – free upgrade or paid subscription?


As we almost approach the first year’s anniversary for Windows 10, we also counting down to the end of the free upgrade which finishes this month.

According to Microsoft, Windows 10 has been installed on over 300 million devices worldwide. And if you already use Windows 10 you are just one of them.

On the 29th July is the last day to get the free upgrade to Windows 10. After that home and business users will need to pay.

So now this is a good time to look at the main reasons for upgrading or at least for the top eight to finally consider or for others re-consider upgrading:

  • It’s free until 29th July, after that Windows 10 Home will cost £99.99 and Windows Pro will be £189.99
  • It’s still the same desktop you have enjoyed and all comes with it
  • Get Cortana which is your Microsoft’s digital assistant and it’s now on your desktop
  • Microsoft Edge replaces Internet Explorer as Windows 10’s default browser
  • Quick start up and performance
  • Access toWindows store: get apps, music and more
  • Ubuntu-based Bash shell that can run Linux software directly on Windows
  • Enterprise users can manage company-wide rollouts for Windows 10 updates

If you are still in doubt security could be a crucial point when deciding on the new operating system. The new OS brings the latest and many new security features due to the fast evolving cyber-crime over the Internet. Microsoft calls it the most secure ever being rather safe than sorry.


One example is Windows Hello which is a more personal way to sign in to your Windows 10 device with just a look or a touch without having to type in a password. Surface Pro 4, Surface Book and most PCs with fingerprint readers are ready to use Windows Hello. According to Microsoft, more and more devices that can recognise your face and iris are coming soon.


How do you get your free Windows 10?
If you currently use Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 8.1, you will get a free upgrade to Windows 10 Home.

If your business currently uses Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate or Windows 8.1 Pro, it is easy to get your free upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. And finally, for XP or Vista users, Windows 10 will be a paid upgrade.

If all is up-to-date with your Windows 7 or 8 installation, you should have seen a ‘Get Windows 10’ icon in the notification area on the Desktop taskbar – a white Windows logo.

Alternatively, click on the link to see the countdown until the 29th July and go the ‘Upgrade for Free’

Upgrading before the 29th July will also entitle users to the ‘Windows 10 Anniversary Update’, which launches on 2nd August 2016. It includes the following features:

  • Windows Ink, which is a new note and annotation feature, mainly aimed for touch screens and a stylus like the Surface Pen.
  • Enhancements to Cortana and Edge
  • Advanced security update

How long will the upgrade take?

The upgrade to Windows 10 will depend on a couple of factors such as the age of your device and how it is configured. Microsoft says most devices will take about an hour to upgrade once the download is complete while older devices could take longer.

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