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After almost a year of the free Windows 10 update being forcibly pushed How to Block the Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1 How to Block the Aggressive Windows 10 Upgrade on Windows 7 and 8.1 Microsoft ramps up its efforts to make users upgrade to Windows 10. Come 2016, many people will wake up to a new operating system, despite never having consented to the upgrade. Don't be one of... Read More to Windows users, the offer has nearly expired. After July 29, Windows 7 and 8.1 users will no longer be eligible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

If you’ve decided that you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10 Microsoft Strikes Again - How to NOT Upgrade to Windows 10 Microsoft Strikes Again - How to NOT Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is now a recommended update on Windows 7 and 8.1 computers. If you're not yet ready to upgrade, it's time to double-check your Windows Update settings. We show you how. Read More , no matter what, you can ignore the warnings from Microsoft and stay on your current operating system (OS). But what happens if you do that? Let’s take a quick look at what will happen to the various flavors of Windows after the end of July.

In case you’re not sure, check which version of Windows you’re running before we start, so you’ll know which section applies to you.

Windows 10 Users

If you’re on Windows 10, congratulations! You’re already running Microsoft’s latest and greatest OS. According to them, Windows 10 will be the last version of Windows Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Windows 10 Is the Last Version of Windows. Ever. Microsoft is sick of you not upgrading, and has a solution: Windows 10 will be the final "version" of Windows. Ever. This could mean that you will never again have to buy Windows. Read More , and will instead receive feature updates over time.

Starting from August 3, Windows 10 users will be able to download the Anniversary Update, which includes many new features Windows 10 Anniversary Update Due in July & These Are Its Best Features Windows 10 Anniversary Update Due in July & These Are Its Best Features You will love the Windows 10 Anniversary Update! The second big upgrade to Windows 10 since its launch in July 2015 is expected this summer. Here we highlight the most exciting features. Read More to play look forward to (not just boring security updates!) One of its headline features is a full Linux-style Bash command line in Windows Windows 10 Receives a Full Linux Command Prompt Windows 10 Receives a Full Linux Command Prompt BASH shell, complete with a Linux sub-system, is coming to Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update this summer. That was one of the biggest announcements at the Build Developer Conference. Here's why this matters. Read More , perfect for geeks who love to work via the command prompt 15 CMD Commands Every Windows User Should Know 15 CMD Commands Every Windows User Should Know The command prompt is an antiquated, but powerful Windows tool. We'll show you the most useful commands every Windows user needs to know. Read More .

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Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 users are eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10. Make sure to visit the update page or click the Windows 10 icon in your notification tray if you want to upgrade before the free option expires on July 29.

Should you avoid the upgrade, we can take a trip to the Windows end of life page to see how long other versions will keep kicking. Windows 8.1 will be in mainstream support until January 2018, and will continue to receive security updates in extended support until January 2023. Thus, if you’re really against Windows 10, but want a long-lasting OS, keeping 8.1 is your next best option.

Note that PCs with Windows 8.1 pre-installed will stop being sold on October 31 of 2016, so if you want to get one without installing Windows yourself How To Make a Bootable USB, CD or DVD to Install Windows Using an ISO File How To Make a Bootable USB, CD or DVD to Install Windows Using an ISO File Need installation media to reinstall Windows? In this article we'll show you where to get Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 installation files and how to create a bootable USB, CD, or DVD from scratch. Read More , now’s the time.

Windows 8

If you’re still running Windows 8, you’re using an unsupported operating system and need to upgrade to 8.1 as soon as possible Why to Upgrade Windows at the End of Extended Support Why to Upgrade Windows at the End of Extended Support Eventually, support for every Windows version expires, leaving PCs full of holes, entry points for malware, and opportunities for hackers. Windows 8 recently reached end of support status - we show you why and how... Read More to stay safe. Just like on Windows XP, support for Windows 8 (not 8.1) was discontinued at the start of 2016, meaning it isn’t receiving security updates anymore.

Even if you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10, the update from 8 to 8.1 remains free. Our guide on how to update to Windows 8.1 safely How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1 How To Safely Upgrade To Windows 8.1 Are horror stories of how Windows 8.1 upgrades went horribly wrong keeping you from upgrading yourself? If you are longing to try Windows 8.1, you can now learn from other people's lessons and upgrade safely! Read More will help; all you should need to do is run Windows Updates How to Find Out Every Last Thing About Windows Update How to Find Out Every Last Thing About Windows Update Once a month on Patch Tuesday, Microsoft releases cumulative updates to all Windows users. We'll show you how to gather information about updates and which Windows Update settings you should be aware of. Read More and then visit the Windows Store to download the 8.1 upgrade. Once you’ve done this, the above section on Windows 8.1 applies to you!

Windows 7

Windows 7 users have a similar scenario to those using Windows 8.1. If you’re on Windows 7, you’re eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10, but you won’t be supported for as long as Windows 8.1 users if you choose to forgo the upgrade.

Windows 7 has already reached the end of mainstream support Microsoft Retires Windows 7: This Is How You Can Still Get A Copy Microsoft Retires Windows 7: This Is How You Can Still Get A Copy Windows 7 Home and Ultimate editions have been retired. If you want to get a computer without Windows 8.1, your options are limited. We have compiled them for you. Read More and will continue to receive security updates until January of 2020, so you still have some time to be comfortable if that’s what you’re using. In addition, Windows 7 will stop appearing pre-installed on PCs after October 2016.

Saving the Upgrade for Later

If you’re on Windows 7 or 8.1 and have even the slightest interest in trying Windows 10, you should follow our guide and act now to secure your free upgrade Act NOW to Keep Your Windows 10 Upgrade Free After July 29 Act NOW to Keep Your Windows 10 Upgrade Free After July 29 Microsoft has confirmed that the free Windows 10 upgrade will expire. After July 29, a Windows 10 license will cost $119. We show you how to become eligible to install Windows 10 for free, even... Read More , even if you don’t want to jump to Windows 10 just yet. By doing this, you’ll keep the upgrade free for whenever you want it and can downgrade back to your current system How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 Windows 10 is here and maybe it's not what you expected. If you already upgraded, you can perform a rollback. And if you haven't yet, create a system backup first. We show you how. Read More easily.

Users who don’t do this will be out of luck, and will have to pay full price for Windows 10 after July 29. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Even if you run Windows 7 for another year, Windows 10 will be waiting for you.

Windows Vista or XP

Still running older versions of Windows? Windows Vista will reach the end of its extended life in April 2017, and Windows XP has already been deprecated for over two years 5 Reasons Why You Love Windows XP & What You Sacrifice 5 Reasons Why You Love Windows XP & What You Sacrifice Nearly 30% of computers are still running Windows XP. It was a stable and reliable system for years, but all good things come to an end. Almost no good reasons to keep using Windows XP... Read More . Naturally, you’re pretty limited on upgrading to Windows 10 if you still have Vista or XP on your system.

Your best bet is to look into getting a cheap license for Windows 7 or 8.1 How to Get a Cheap Windows 7 or 8 License Now to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free How to Get a Cheap Windows 7 or 8 License Now to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free Worried about the future of your old or pirated Windows copy? Now is the time to snatch a cheap Windows 7 or 8 license to secure yourself that free upgrade to Windows 10. We show... Read More as soon as possible and use that to upgrade to Windows 10, but chances are that your older Vista or XP system isn’t powerful enough to run a modern OS Is Your Computer Compatible with Windows 10 & Can You Upgrade? Is Your Computer Compatible with Windows 10 & Can You Upgrade? Windows 10 is coming, possibly as soon as July. Are you eager to upgrade and will your system be eligible? In short, if your computer runs Windows 8, it should also run Windows 10. But... Read More . It may be time to upgrade your computer 7 Warning Signs It's Time to Replace your Old PC 7 Warning Signs It's Time to Replace your Old PC When should you buy a new computer? Read More and the version of Windows with it.

The Future Cost

If you’ve reviewed the above scenarios and decided you still don’t want to accept the free upgrade offer, you’ll find a price tag of $119 on Windows 10 after July 29. There’s also Windows 10 Pro for $199, but the extra features of Pro aren’t really worth the cost Is a Windows 10 Pro Upgrade Worth $99? Is a Windows 10 Pro Upgrade Worth $99? Windows 10 Pro offers more features, but also carries a $99 price tag to upgrade from the Home edition. Here's what you need to know to decide if professional features are worth the upgrade. Read More .

Windows-10-Home-Cost

Of course, Windows 10 will continue to be pre-installed on most PCs you can buy off the shelf; you’ll only have to worry about paying if you’re building your own PC from scratch Is It Still Cheaper to Build Your Own PC? Is It Still Cheaper to Build Your Own PC? How much does it cost to build your own PC these days? Compared to pre-built models, are the savings worth the effort? We investigate. Read More or want to upgrade your current system.

Microsoft has confirmed that the only way to upgrade to Windows 10 after July 29 is paying full price for a copy of the OS with its own product key — there won’t be a reduced cost for users who are upgrading. This means that you’ll be able to do an in-place upgrade (keeping all of your old files and settings 6 Mandatory Steps for a Safe Upgrade to Windows 10 6 Mandatory Steps for a Safe Upgrade to Windows 10 The Windows 10 upgrade is the easiest and smoothest upgrade experience you'll ever have with a Windows machine. Provided all goes well. We show you how to play it safe and prepare for the worst. Read More ) or a fresh install (installing Windows 10 from scratch 4 Ways to Reset Windows 10 and Reinstall From Scratch 4 Ways to Reset Windows 10 and Reinstall From Scratch Windows 10 is still Windows, meaning it will need a fresh start every once in a while. We show you how you can get a fresh Windows 10 installation with as little effort as possible. Read More ).

Don’t Wait!

If you’re still on the fence about Windows 10, check out our activation and licensing FAQ The Ultimate Windows 10 Activation & License FAQ The Ultimate Windows 10 Activation & License FAQ One of the big confusions surrounding Windows 10 concerns its licensing and activation. This FAQ will shed some light, explain what has changed with Windows 10 version 1511 (Fall Update), and translate activation-related error codes. Read More for worries about upgrading. If you’ve just upgraded and don’t know where to start, check out our Windows 10 refugee guide Are You a Windows 10 Upgrade Refugee? Do This First! Are You a Windows 10 Upgrade Refugee? Do This First! Did Microsoft just upgrade your computer to Windows 10? Since February, Windows 10 is being pushed as a Recommended update on Windows 7 and 8.1 computers. This is what you can do after you've been... Read More , the complete guide to Windows 10 settings How to Control Windows 10: The Settings Guide How to Control Windows 10: The Settings Guide The Windows control panel is on its way out. Its replacement, the Settings app, has received a significant upgrade in Windows 10. We'll reveal all its secrets for you. Read More , and the facts behind Windows 10’s privacy issues Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10's Privacy Issues Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10's Privacy Issues While Windows 10 has some issues that users need to be aware of, many claims have been blown out of proportion. Here's our guide to everything you need to know about Windows 10's privacy issues. Read More .

While you might have concerns about Windows 10 or like your current version of Windows, the smart forward-looking decision is to upgrade today. Not only will you be saving $119, but you’ll also be on a modern OS that’s receiving feature and security updates all the time. What’s not to love?

What version of Windows are you running right now, and what are you waiting for on the free upgrade? Let us know your concerns in the comments!

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