Update 1/16/2018: Back in 2017, Microsoft allowed users to upgrade to Windows 10 using their Windows 7 and Windows 8 product keys, but starting January 16, 2018, this method no longer works. Every loophole for freely upgrading to Windows 10 is now expired and unusable.
If you’re still on Windows 7 or 8, you’ve officially missed the boat. If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 now, or at some point later down the road, you’re going to have to spend some money.
Windows 10 is not perfect, but it’s a significant improvement on everything that’s gone before, mainly thanks to the three massive upgrades it’s received: the Anniversary Update, Creators Update, and the Fall Creators Update.
How to Upgrade to Windows 10
When you eventually decide to upgrade to Windows 10, you have two options:
- Buy a new computer with Windows 10 pre-installed
- Buy a copy of Windows 10 to install on your existing machine
If you want to buy a copy for your machine, you need to head to Microsoft’s online store.
Windows 10 Home costs $119.99 and Windows 10 Pro costs $199.99. Pro includes some extra features such as remote desktop, BitLocker, the ability to create and run virtual machines with Hyper-V, and Azure Active Directory.
Regardless of which package you choose, you can choose to download the installer for your new copy of Windows for either the desktop or a USB stick. Make your choice directly on the Microsoft website. Once the installation app is running, just follow the on-screen instructions.
Have you upgraded to Windows 10 yet? If not, we’d love to know why. Let us know in the comments below.
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