Counting down to Windows 10 first year anniversary and with it comes the end of the free upgrade which finishes this month, exactly in two weeks’ time on the 29th July.
This is the last day to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. After that date, home and business users will need to pay.
Let’s not leave it to the last minute and look at the main reasons for upgrading or at least for the top 10 to finally get the free upgrade:
- 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 to Windows 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
- Latest and many new security features. Microsoft calls it the most secure ever
- Windows Hello come with a personal way to sign into 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. Read more…
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
An upgrade will depend on a couple of factors such as the age of your device and how it is configured. Microsoft says that it will take about an hour to upgrade once the download is complete. Older devices may take longer so plan in some time or contact our IQ in IT team.