If You Don’t Upgrade to Windows 10, This Will Happen

Ben Stegner 13-07-2016

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 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 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 The Latest Windows 10 Version Won't Be the Last One What is the latest Windows 10 version? How long is it supported? And why did Microsoft switch to a service model? Answers within! 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 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 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 Windows Command Prompt (CMD) Commands You Must Know The command prompt is still a powerful Windows tool. Here are the most useful CMD commands every Windows user needs to know. Read More .

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 CD/DVD/USB to Install Windows Need installation media to reinstall Windows? Our tips show you how to create a bootable CD, USB, or DVD with an ISO 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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? 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 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 Windows 10 Home vs. Pro: Do You Need to Upgrade? Windows 10 Pro offers more features than Home, but the upgrade also carries a $99 price tag. Let's see whether it's worth it. Read More .



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? 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 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 Factory Reset Your Windows Computer Want to know how to factory reset a PC? Here are the best methods to reset a Windows computer. 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 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! 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 The Windows 10 Settings Guide: How to Do Anything and Everything Do you know your way around the Settings app in Windows 10? Here's everything you need to know. Read More , and the facts behind 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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  1. donna armstrong
    August 21, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    never got the answer to what happens if i do not upgrade down the road I like windows 7

  2. danwat1234
    June 22, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Very simple to disable Windows Updates with full confidence.
    First go to Services and shut off Windows Update and disable it. Refresh Services to make sure it isn't running.

    Now navigate to \windows\system32\ and find files wuaueng.dll and wuauclt.exe. If you can find the former, then look for wuauserv.dll.

    For each, go to properties, security, advanced.
    Click change owner and type in your user name, Click Check Names to select your user name and Click ok. Then Click Apply or Ok on the main window and close it and reopen it.
    Now, you can change permissions for all users.
    Delete/Remove permissions from all users and Click Ok.

    If that doesn't work, then change owner to Administrator, close the window and try again.

    That's it.
    To re-enable, add "Read/Execute" permissions to System on wuaueng.dll or whichever dll you have. Doesn't need it on wuauclt.exe for some reason.

  3. Jeff
    October 22, 2018 at 4:38 am

    Windows 10 is even worse than windows 8 and you call it an upgrade? LMAO that's an amazing joke. Windows 10 is a horrible OS, Last X-mas I got a laptop with windows 10 preinstalled on it, I was not able to set up any privacy options to prevent unwanted spying or anything of that sort, I wasn't able to set up anything the way I did on windows 7, navigating through the files is way more complicated than it should be, example: in windows 7 if I want to access the control panel, all I need to do is click the start menu and boom there it is, on windows 10 I have to click the start menu, spend 5 minutes browsing through the damn horrible unorganized filing system windows 10 has for it's files/folder. In windows 7 if I want to mod one of my games (I don't play online with mods, that's just wrong and cheating), but I can easily navigate to the game directory and make the changes i need to make the mods work, I can't even easily locate the damn music folder on windows 10. There are so many more bad things I could say about how horrible windows 10 is but I am sure you've heard a lot more from more experienced users than me. I do not care if the security support ends after 2020, I am never going to upgrade to windows 10, it is the absolute worst OS I have ever used, it is literally competing with the Ubuntu os for worst OS ever in my book.

  4. Karl Janot
    May 11, 2018 at 4:03 am

    My advice: NEVER USE WIN10!
    I have 3 computers, I upgraded to Win10 for free on all 3. Over time, Win10 automatic updates corrupted and literally broke the O/S in all 3 machines. NONE of them could download and install the latest Win10 update. It would download and start to install and get stuck at 75% done and the system would lock up and I would have to unplug it to restart. Restarting it would load the previous version of Windows. After doing that of course it has to update to the current version. Repeat this ad nauseum on all 3 computers for several months. Finally one system literally gave out after this awful process so I took that system in the be repaired and they had to wipe my HD completely, so I reverted back to WIN 7. Now my second system has a message after a win10 update failed installation: "operating system not found". Will be taking that one in as well. My 3rd system has been unplugged and shut off for several months. It probably works but the instant I connect it to the internet I will be FORCED to update Win10. No thanks.
    I am just sick of this and wont bother using win10 ever again. Can I send Microsoft the bills for the these Win10 fail to install O/S corruption repairs?

    And if I can suggest: Please allow users to customize O/S installs. I dont want Cortana at all. I have a system I use for gaming only and want all available memory for speed of system. I don't want it bogged down with crap I won't use. So: have different types of O/S packages or perhaps allow the users to choose to not install memory hogging crap like Cortana.

  5. Larry Stevenson
    April 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I have Windows 10 on a computer I almost never use. Don't get your clothes in a bunch over what you believe you must have. I have always kept legacy platforms for games and researching malware. If Windows 10 is the last edition of Windows then, c'est la vie. I can't wait to scrutinize the new platform MS develops. Btw, I'm a Windows Security Expert, formerly an MVP. Stewart Daniels is correct about Cortana. She's a spy and may even report whatever you write on your computer to MS. You can remove her completely with the help of Kaspersky's free tools. MS claims that if I use their software then they have rights over me. I own my hardware. If MS wants to be draconian in their Eulas then I will start using Linux. Seriously. They obviously have zero respect for their customers. That's no way to run any business. I have a right to express my opinion.

  6. Stewart daniels
    February 10, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I own a Win7 laptop, and disabled automatic updates 2 years ago. I manually installed all updates afterwards (so I can get a good read on what is ACTUALLY in any update before installation). Trust issues... My machine was (Is) hardened, reg-edited to death, operates wonderfully, and when idle, CPU usage is 0%, HDD activity is 0% (While connected to the Internet).

    Subsequently, my Win7 machine never received prompts for an upgrade to WinX. I was unaware of such a move until my mom called to say Windows wishes to install WinX on her Win7 computer early last year.

    I told her don't do it. Due to all the fuss I now saw surfacing about such upgrades. She can wait until the End of Life cycle, then we will deal with that.

    I took the plunge January 10, 2017 and bought a brand new WinX laptop...turned it on...and...

    HOLY SH*TBALLS, WHAT HAVE THEY DONE!!!??? I just wanted plain old Windows, but current.

    CPU usage was constantly 7-10%. Grrrrrrr....

    The Metro interface had to go! (I'm old school, Windows MUST look like Win98, or I will freak out. Classic Shell to the rescue. Not a big deal to work around all I lost by using such an application.

    Then...I met Cortana... I killed her on sight. Her presence on my computer smacks of creepiness and intelligence gathering. That's just how I felt personally, my mom would probably love her.

    Next up...I banished Windows Defender, Disabled Windows firewall, (I use 3rd party solutions) the Windows Store and all apps associated with it. (Can't miss what I never had).

    Restart the laptop...CPU usage steady 2-5% on idle, HDD spiking...unacceptable.

    Now I hit the Internet for tips, and find out about...Telemetry. I read articles about the good it does, I read articles about the possibility for evil. Without upfront transparency, there must be evil. The trust is gone.

    Regedit, cmd, pwershell, Autoruns, and Process Explorer have aided me in (Where is my handy Group policy Editor?) shutting down as much telemetry as possible. I found out some crucial regedit entries are ineffective, even if created. I simply wanted plain old Windows, but improved. I understand somehow data will still be transmitted, but not easily or plentiful. I won't go full nuts with host files and such, I simply keep watch at the firewall.

    My final act was disabling any instance of Windows Update, as I simply will sideload my updates when I am ready. If need be, I have my system image ready (As upgrades may/ will erase restore points) to return where I was if things go badly, and remain there.

    I now have a hobbled, hacked, Frankenstein version of WinX. I have noticed no ill effects, and my CPU rests at 0%- .77-79 Ghz when idle, 0-1% HDD while connected to the Internet. Spiking is gone. No ads, no lockscreen, no Store, No OneDrive, No Metro, no Cortana, no auto updates, (They should be optional add-ons) no Microsoft account.

    I now turn off my computer when not in use.

    It's not a bad OS once tamed, there are just too, too many extras, combined with forced updates, non- verifiable telemetry without an opt-out of the entire deal, and removal of certain administrative features in the Home version are not what the Windows faithful are used to. I prefer to male my OS configured, and as personal as possible, down to my release of data, and updates.

    The 'Personal' has been removed from personal computing with Microsoft. This is my last Windows machine.


    • Rishad Quazi
      July 11, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      That's exactly what I do as well with both my ancient XP SP3 machine (from 2004), and my "newer" Windows 8 (yes 8, not 8.1), bought in 2012. It took me about a week to get used to the changes, including the new Metro tiles, and the "charms" feature, so I'm not in the n00b masses who found it hard to adjust. I don't use any Metro apps at all, but it's nice to be greeted by the weather and news of the day. My machine is rock solid (even though it's a "budget laptop",) it has a beautiful *massive* 17" widescreen which most manufacturers don't make any more for laptops, and it runs like a champ. I rejected all non-essential updates, and flat out disabled the automatic "upgrade" to Windows 8.1. I run a monthly deep malware scan with two different programs (Windows Defender is too basic, but it's better than nothing) and practice safe computing. Yes, I'm an IT professional, and our standard ops in corporate was to completely investigate all "required" and "recommended" updates, patches, and whatever else. I practice the same principles on my personal machines also. I consider a Badge of Honor to be among the 3% ;-)

    • Heimdall
      May 24, 2018 at 8:59 am

      Well said. That's sort of why I was just searching for a way do downgrade Windows 10 (forcibly imposed onto me from the laptop's original 8.1) to XP or Vista. I want to be in charge of the computer, not the other way around, haha

  7. Solar
    February 4, 2017 at 3:46 am

    Im to this day still running windows 7 on and old pc and i wont change to windows 10 ever .
    I was at a friends place the other day who has had windows 10 for nearly 8 months and i must say windows 10 is the worst operating system Microsoft has ever made i mean compered to previous windows, Even he said he hardly even turns his pc on anymore due to Android on his phone works better the people behind windows 10 should be fired and should be never allowed to make software ever again let alone touch a pc .
    I now have 2 new pc's(2017) which i built myself and are both running Debian or linux depending on what i want to use and i find it so much better to use and in some cases even better than win 7
    Sorry Microsoft you can shove Windows 10 where the sun don't and will never shine

  8. Don
    January 13, 2017 at 8:40 am

    What a wanker!
    Windows 8.1 is an absolute security nightmare for computer users
    but windows 10, you may as well just give Microsoft your credit card
    details and the pin numbers, they already have them anyway.
    why would any sane person think that Microsoft is "giving us "
    the "best, most secure,operating system" free of charge out of
    the goodness of their hearts. If you swallow that crap you deserve
    to be exploited and give up any sense of privacy online. Seriously,
    I am going to take the plunge and learn how to use linux. It's also
    "free" but with a whole lot less of the lying and just plain illegal and
    immoral behaviour of Microsoft.
    I can't stand Apple but they don't hide the fact that are going to
    fleece you for whatever they can like Microsoft is.
    January 2017 and Microsoft has still hidden a windows 10 downgrade
    in their windows update. I tried to look up some info about the important
    updates but their site said that " sorry we don't have information yet for that update".
    Abhorrent behaviour from a typical criminal organization. The American Supreme
    court never went far enough with their condemnation about Microsoft's behaviour.

  9. Carlos
    December 23, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    I am not buying any more MS software. My genuine PAID FOR Win 7 Pro will not activate, fine. Seeing lawyer after Christmas to sue Staples and Microsoft for breach of contract. Furthermore, I am abandoning all products made for Windows. I am moving out. I got tired of this shit. I already returned a cloudbook I got for Christmas. It's uncharted waters now but at least I am out of the pirate infested seas of Redmond WA. I will make sure to punch the lights out of any MS employee as I find them around. Those people don't deserve life.

    • Ben Stegner
      December 23, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      I understand these issues can be frustrating, but it's not right to say that someone doesn't deserve to live because of some software issues.

      Have you tried contacting support or looking for help online about this?

    • Glenn
      January 3, 2017 at 9:17 am

      Punch the lights out of an employee for a company they probably have no decision in making. I'm assuming you are an elderly gentleman that has been living on this Earth long enough to know when to be courteous and handle yourself with dignity. Humans on the internet/phone behave like heathens and wonder why a company will not politely sit with you on the phone while you rant ignorantly about a problem. More than likely the rant is illogically presented causing the problem to be difficult to find a legitimate solution. Please, I am starting to wish someone would try to punch me because they don't like the way a company I work for operates. Get some control of your manners and behavior or one day you will find yourself in a bad position from the overreaction.

      • Carlos
        January 3, 2017 at 3:43 pm

        You guessed right, I am old. I saw the first version of Windows being born.

        It's been a long three decades of putting up with Microsoft's various frustrating comings and goings. When reinstalling my OS due to a motherboard replacement I learned that my Win7 was not going to be verified for no reason at all. After nearly a day of research I learned of a way to re-verify. I put up with a lot of abuse from MS in the last three decades. Allow me to rant once, please. OH YOUNG DEMIGODS OF THE REALM OF REBOOT.

  10. Ken Webb
    September 2, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Had Windows 8 on a new computer. Was upgraded to Windows 8.1 and lost several features such as the store and my HDMI audio stopped working. Complained to Microsoft and HP; no one cared! Each was too busy pointing the finger at the other.
    Eventually, got my HDMI audio working after a Windows update installed; this was several months later. Then agreed to Microsoft 10 upgrade, what a disaster! Lost quite a few features, again complained and the finger pointing started. Spoke with a former Microsoft engineer; he indicated the problems were related to released upgrade software that was not tested, thus all of the problems. Eventually got my features back slowly. Agreed to 7/29/16 Windows 10 upgrade and have NOT been able to access my computer again.
    Complained and again the finger pointing started.
    Ken Webb

    • danwat1234
      June 22, 2019 at 11:00 pm

      Well, probably should have performed a backup before upgrading... and Windows should have been able to roll back to Windows 8.1 from 10 if you wanted to. It saves the old files for a while.

  11. Anonymous
    August 26, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    I do use bash a lot on my main computer that's running Debian, but when I'm using Windows I just never use the command prompt, contrary to what you were thinking. The command prompt sucks, and that's only for two reasons.
    1. It can barely do anything excpt make dotfiles.
    2. It runs on Windows.

  12. dd
    July 30, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I am happy with windows 7. Dont compromise with privacy. And dont worry by the time its 2020 or 2023, there will be another windows 11 or 12.
    So just relax and have fun

  13. Peter
    July 26, 2016 at 6:30 am

    So what?! Windows 10 is just not coming home. It will be compulsory with the next PC, so stick to 7 or whatever you are using now...

  14. Marcellus
    July 24, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    A W7 to W10 upgrade is imho not worth the effort. Everything works fine for now, so I rather not waste my time in installing something that also requires me to sign in with a M. account to get some new features.

    "Windows 10 has a lot of genuinely useful new features, as well as key improvements to old features, compared to Windows 7. None is enough on its own to make an upgrade necessary, but when combined they do make a compelling case.

    You’ve got better search, window management, file management, gaming tools and more. Windows 10 is faster in general use, too, and the new Start Menu is in some ways better than the one in Windows 7.

    The only real sticking point is that Microsoft wants you to sign in with a Microsoft account and if you choose not to you lose some features. Features that shouldn't need to be linked to any online account. You certainly can get away with a normal 'offline' version but Microsoft really doesn't want you to, and that's something we're not keen on.

    Read more at"

  15. Viola
    July 22, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Windows has NO RIGHT to force an upgrade on us if we don't want one. Then they're going to CHARGE for Windows 10 when it's all but DESTROYED the systems of so many who DID make the switch? I could care less if I never get another security updates on Windows 7 after July 29. Your "security" updates are pretty shady and have done many users more harm than good so nice try with the scare tactics but I for one am RELIEVED. Thank GOD!!!

    • Ben Stegner
      July 23, 2016 at 4:43 pm

      They're not forcing it on you - you can easily disable the upgrade prompts in two minutes. I highly doubt it's "destroyed" the systems of maybe more than 0.1% of people who have upgraded. You'll continue to receive security updates for Windows 7 until 2020 - did you even read the article?

      • Emon Mes
        August 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm

        They are forcing it indeed. I'm researching parts for my new PC build and lo and behold, new generations of Intel and AMD (Kaby Lake and Ryzen) processors won't get ANY Windows 7 support at all from Microsoft.

        If that's not forcing I don't know what it is.

        And I'll never touch Windows 10, I have relatives who bought pre-built PCs with Windows 10 and it's not only the ugliest operating system I've ever seen, it's disgustingly slow and lacks any respect towards the user, especially with the """"telemetry"""" (i.e. privacy invasion).

    • Tim Behnken
      July 28, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      Yeah, they do. It's their software. Read the EULA. They reserve the right to modify or discontinue support for their software anytime they want. So does Apple with MacOS. If you want more flexible license terms, you're going to have to go Linux.

  16. Reuven
    July 22, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Hi! I have my Win7 Pro new and good new laptop. With SSD and my engineering apps it works just fine.
    Now let's assume I will extract my currently used hard drive with Win7, then install the new SSD with my same licensed Win7 and upgrade it to WinX?
    Will I be able after it to get back to my previous HD with Win7 and work on it peacefully?

    • Carlos
      December 23, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Let their lawyers be their customers. I am not buying any more MS shtt for life. Adieu Mr Gates.

      • Reuven
        December 23, 2016 at 5:40 pm

        But what to do with a lot eng. apps built for Windows only.
        It is not absolutely free decision in real...

  17. Amber Tee
    July 21, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    The operating system on my 5 year old computer is Windows 7 - SP 1. I don't believe that I will be upgrading to Windows 10. I am not very computer literate. The steps involved in upgrading, and then possibly backtracking to Win 7 are beyond my expertise. My computer is a desktop tower unit which is too heavy to bring to a computer shop, and I don't feel comfortable in having a stranger come to my home. I wish Microsoft had an easier way to do the upgrade.

    • Ben Stegner
      July 23, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Amber, even though you don't consider yourself to be computer literate, the process is very easy if you do decide to upgrade. If you don't want to, that's completely fine, but they have made it very easy for all users to make the upgrade. Please check out some other articles on the site if you need help with the process.

  18. laceibagroove
    July 18, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    I attempted upgrading, and booting times went ridiculously low.... rolled back the same day, not without issues, icon notifications and network settings all screwed up... damn.. R.

  19. davidr
    July 17, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    So MS is begging people to use its free software? How pathetic is that?

    • Ben Stegner
      July 23, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      I truly don't understand this. For years, everyone complained about Windows costing too much. Now it's free and people are upset about that. What else will you find to complain about?

  20. Dan C.
    July 16, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    I don't understand the neat rejection of an outstanding OS even without giving it a try. What are you so affraid of? It's a crap? Not at all. "It is not at all sure that rolling back will go well"? Well, I first installed WX when I was not entirely prepared, and I needed to make the roll back, and it went perfectly. The "it is not at all sure" syntagm proves that this was never tried.
    The first time, I tried to upgrade to WX from my W7, and it went wrong. That's why I did a clean install, using Media Creation Tool, and it went very well. I'm now in the Insider program, and every 2-3 days the OS updates. Well, I never experienced a single BSOD. All my installed programs are always at their place, I never lost any single one. You are tired of the frequency of the updates? They can be set on inactive hours, or even at night. It doesn't seem to me a plausible and sufficient reason to roll back to the previous OS or to install Linux.
    You're blaming Microsoft for their aggressive policy of selling their products? They also provide the ways of refusing it.
    WX proposes a lot of native apps recommended for one or another activity. This might be a little confusing. But one might refuse them and chose the apps of his choice. And those who used so many years XP or W7 will finally get to use WX the way they did with the previous OSs.
    Once I met a very good Office operator, a very skilled one, but I didn't like what he told me: that the older a program is, the better it is. And he was using Office 2003, when Office 2010 was already in use, and 2013 was on the way. Eventually, he installed Office 2010, because one of his clients had high pretentions not feasible using Office 2003.
    So, why are you affraid of the new? Only because of the aggressive promotion? Is that more important than its content?

  21. Ken Mitchell
    July 15, 2016 at 1:06 am

    I wouldn't recommend upgrading a Win7 PC to Win10. If you're running 8 or 8.1, then _DO_ upgrade to 10.

    And let's face it; you'll probably replace your PC for some dirt-cheap-but-better-than-you-now-have box within the next few years anyway, so I wouldn't be too worried about "losing out" on getting a free upgrade from 7 to 10.

    Now let's be clear; I actually _LIKE_ Win10, and I have no real problem with it. I'm glad I upgraded, especially since this PC came with Win8.

    But I really don't understand what all the fuss is about.

  22. Arichuna Cacique
    July 14, 2016 at 7:29 pm

    W10:Bloatware with Arrogant Attitude - stay with the old classics Linux / XP / maybe 7

  23. Anonymous
    July 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Upgrading to Win 10 on top of a previous version is taking a very big risk that things go haywire. And it is not at all sure that rolling back will go well, contrary to what MS have us believe.
    Having read a number of upgrade stories, I have come to the conclusion that if you want to stay with Windows then the best approach is to either do a fresh install or don't do the upgrade & wait till you have to buy a new PC, which will have Win 10 pre-installed on it. The latter is my strategy as I am fully satisfied with Win 8.1 & have till 2023 before extended support ends. My laptop will have expired long before then.

  24. tony
    July 14, 2016 at 10:35 am

    YOU MUST HAVE STALK IN THAT WINDOWS 10,,IT IS A ram DRAINER YOU PROMOTE THAT CRAP WITH YOUR LIES SAME AS YOU PROMOTE NETFLIX LAST MONTH WITH THE LOAD OF CRAP YOU SAID WAS GOING TO HAPPEN ON JULy 1ST AND THAT WAS BuLLSHIT SAME AS THIS CRAP I had windows 10 it ruined my laptop so i won't download that shit but i can download LINUX....Dear makeuseof you have been promoting 10 since it started so give it up ...Make more lies about NETFLIX morons

    • Paulo Manzano
      July 14, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      maybe its time for a new laptop because it worked perfectly on a windows 8.1 machine

      • lance baker
        October 13, 2018 at 11:08 pm

        there is no such thing as a "win 8 machine" i ha wx on my dell d 830 and im back to 7

    • Christian Cawley
      July 14, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      There's a pretty good chance that your W10 problem is hardware related, not MUO related.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 14, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      I'm sorry Windows 10 has caused you so much trouble, Tony. I wish you would have read one of our articles where we recommend to make an image backup of your system before upgrading or how to block the Windows 10 upgrade in case you don't want it. It would have made it easier for you to avoid or escape from the Windows 10 drama.

      Windows 10 is kind of a big thing and as a tech site we have to cover it from every angle. We definitely won't stop or we could just as well shut down the site. That would be sad because what we're really trying to do is inform and help the Windows users among our readers, not Microsoft.

  25. Veni
    July 14, 2016 at 9:47 am

    So many beautiful Linux distros around., Try Trenta OS or Elementary Os., Bye Win ;)

    • Heimdall
      May 24, 2018 at 11:01 am

      If only it was that simple.

      As you said, "many beautiful Linux distros", the key word being "many". Which one to go for? Why? How do I make a decision? Try them all? Within a distro you possibly have options of different GUI...

  26. Charles
    July 14, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Nice. Sign me up for your spyware filled Orwellian (P)OS. Or maybe you will just trick me into the upgrade with the red X or something similar.

    To Ricky's point... The upgrade to spyware-free stable Linux will always be free.

    • Anonymous
      July 14, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      More like more users = more malware.

      • Anonymous
        July 15, 2016 at 9:40 pm


        Linux runs about twice the number of servers in the world as Windows. Yet it is the Windows servers that keep crashing.

        Linux was just written more secure from the start.

  27. Parker
    July 14, 2016 at 1:58 am

    And don't try to scare us with your $119 price tag. Savings ... Ha!

    • Ben Stegner
      July 23, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      If you'd rather pay than get something for free, you have that option!

      • Heimdall
        May 24, 2018 at 11:07 am

        It's more the matter of whether to have it or not have it (stick with your old system that works fine).

  28. Parker
    July 14, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Right on Peter. Fascist practices going on at MS and credibility with this story is close to zilcho. ... End of windows .... About time.

    • Anonymous
      July 14, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      The more linux distros used, the higher chance that malware compatible with most distros can be a problem.

    • Ben Stegner
      July 16, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Credibility is zero? These are facts straight from Microsoft.

  29. STEVEN C
    July 14, 2016 at 1:48 am

    I am more interested in knowing where you stand after you take the free upgrade and the PC as they always do with microsoft shit goes down the plughole and you need to format your drive.
    The free upgrade uses the activation key of your previous windows, so after the free upgrade offer is over what then?
    You can't just install windows 10 as it will require an activation key, so what happens then?
    You have to pay to get windows 10 back?

    • Ray
      July 14, 2016 at 3:31 am

      You don't need an activation key as windows 10 will remember your pc hardware. Unless you change the hardware, it can reinstall without problem

      • Anonymous
        July 14, 2016 at 2:13 pm

        it converts it to a 10 key and you can use it on the same pc forever. it can also me attached to an ms account.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 14, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      As Ray said, the Windows activation is tied to your hardware; it's called digital entitlement. But you could still try to use your old Windows 7 / 8 product key to activate Windows 10, in case the automatic activation failed.

  30. Anonymous
    July 13, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Tried the upgrade and my Pc just non stop crashes or restarts within 8-10 mins. Non of the solutions worked hence ending up wasting 2 days of my life. Had to revert back to Win 7, for me Win 10 is disappointing.

    • Anonymous
      July 14, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Did you refresh the pc because it does not erase files.

  31. Ricky
    July 13, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    Tired of upgrade prompts, switched to Linux - it's free!

    • Ben Stegner
      July 16, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      So is Windows 10!

      • Anonymous
        July 27, 2016 at 12:23 am

        "So is Windows 10!"
        Horse manure! That is Microsoft propaganda which MUO is spreading. Win 10 is free ONLY to owners of a few previous versions of Windows, while most Linux distros are free to ALL who want it.

  32. Ken Gervais
    July 13, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I agree 100% with Peter's comment. This article seems like a major brown nosing with Microsoft... I'd offer a tissue, but when your in that deep, not even a full box will suffice.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      The article explains what will happen and which options users have. Among other things, we recommend readers to secure the free upgrade for future use, even if they want to stay with Windows 7 or 8.1.

      We've previously covered how to secure a free Windows 10 copy without actually switching, a story this article links to. I don't see how that's in Microsoft's interest.

      Neither are our articles on downgrading from Windows 10 back to 7 or 8.1 or how aggressively Microsoft is pushing Windows 10 or how it's not worth buying Windows 10 Pro or how to block the Windows 10 upgrade, all linked to above.

      Of course, someone who just reads the title could think we're trying to push people to upgrade, just like Microsoft does.

      • Ken Gervais
        July 14, 2016 at 7:58 pm

        How did you know I subscribed to the blog so I could just read the titles. I've had 10 on another PC and hated it, and subsequently went to my previous version of Windows.

        Just because someone doesn't like or agrees with an article doesn't mean they spent all their time reading the title and then stopped there.

        I've read so many articles by MakeUseOf "experts", that my newest exercise is rolling my eyes. Some cause me to scratch my head while asking myself, "Do they really think everyone is naive?" Another question I've asked myself is, "Wow, do these really guys get paid to write this stuff"?"

        Thankfully, if and when I need an expert, I have two nephews who could easily run circles around most of the experts here. MakeUseOf is great to find out about something new, be it a new form of technology, upcoming software upgrades and the like.

        Most of the articles, not even the titles will catch my interest, and if I'm unsure, then its up to the short synopsis in my aggregator to convince me that an article gets my attention...

        But hey, by all means, feel free to go assuming anything you like about me, I wont lose any sleep over it.

        You have a wonderful day...

        • Ken Gervais
          July 14, 2016 at 8:02 pm

          Ya gotta love all those typos in my reply... But hey, I'm not gonna apologize for them, since after all, who on the Internet has never made typos?

      • niceShilling
        July 14, 2016 at 9:54 pm

        nice shilling. i really hope you have windows 10 - harsh i know, but fair.

        • Ken Gervais
          July 16, 2016 at 5:04 pm

          Sorry to disappoint, but I'm running one PC using Windows 7 and another running Linux. FWIW any PC I purchase in the future wont have Windows on it.

          I've been using a PC too long, and actually "believed" Bill Gates when he said, 640K is enough for anybody. The wealthier the person, the bigger the lies I guess. PCs used to be fun.

        • Ben Stegner
          July 16, 2016 at 5:11 pm

          You're holding a grudge against Bill Gates for something he said 25 years ago?

        • Ken Gervais
          July 16, 2016 at 5:28 pm

          When in my comment does it say I held a grudge? I was pretty sure I said "and actually believed.....". I have not a blessed thing against Bill Gates, he's done some great things over the years, but IMO Windows 10 will be the beginning of the end for Windows as we know it now and Microsoft will eventually start pushing or hinting at "The next new great operating system", and quite likely in my lifetime.

    • Ben Stegner
      July 16, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      We won't lose any sleep over your ridiculous comments either, Ken. Feel free to write your own 1,000+ word guides every week, then you can say that we don't know what we're talking about.

      We're not in deep with Microsoft. We want to help users.

      • Ken Gervais
        July 16, 2016 at 5:17 pm

        Glad your sleep schedule wont be altered in any way. I was worried that someone would actually lose sleep over comments found on a web page. As for writing 1000+ word guides every week, I actually have time, because I wrote anywhere between 5 and 10 thousands words a day on my favorite subject, baseball.

        I believe you when you say you're not in deep with Microsoft, but I never said anyone was, but that the article reeked of brown-nosing.

        I have been looking forward to the day when I click on a link at MakeUseOf I actually have it open in a new tab and not the same page I was reading. Maybe one day.

        Oh, on my PC, I've not once gotten an alert to upgrade to Windows 10, not have I ever seen that icon in the system tray that I've people comment about before Microsoft started the upgrading procedures. The only way I was able to check Windows 10 for myself was to actually force my PC to do it. Needless to say, I was back to using Windows 7 quick enough.

        • Ben Stegner
          July 16, 2016 at 5:39 pm

          We don't like to have article open in new tabs because that overrides the browser's default behavior. If you want to open a link in a new tab, middle-click it with your mouse or CTRL + click. We do that on purpose.

        • Ken Gervais
          July 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm

          I'm sorry, but you couldn't have come up with a more lame excuse. Having had one or more computers on my desk since the early 80s, I'm pretty sure I've learned a few things over the years. But hey, you keep on truckin' with your condescending attitude towards readers and you'll far in the world.

        • Ben Stegner
          July 16, 2016 at 7:46 pm

          Seriously? Because one reader wants us to have links open in a new tab, suddenly the reason that we don't make it a site-wide behavior is an excuse? What happens if someone else wants new links to open in the same tab? What do we tell them?

          I don't have a condescending attitude towards readers, I get upset when people act like jerks and leave comments on our site accusing us of all sorts of nonsense. If you look, you haven't exactly been pleasant in the comments, and you started this exchange when you bad-mouthed the piece into something it isn't.

          I'm done wasting time on this conversation. Thanks for providing some entertainment and reading the site.

        • Tina Sieber
          July 27, 2016 at 3:28 pm

          Ken, the reason some people never saw the Get Windows 10 icon is that it's only made available on systems that are eligible to upgrade and (expected to be) compatible with Windows 10. Maybe Microsoft's algorithms indicated your system wasn't compatible. If you downgraded due to hardware / driver issues, you'd already know that.

        • Ken Gervais
          July 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm

          Thanks, but I downgraded because I didn't like (even remotely) the look and feel of Windows 10. I know my next PC would normally have Windows 10.... But the fact is, my next one will be running one of the Linux versions or it will be a Mac.

          Right now, I don't have to worry, my Windows 7 runs like a charm.

  33. Mark
    July 13, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    Might not be news to you, but it is to me. I appreciate the info!

    • Ben Stegner
      July 16, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks for not being ridiculous and appreciating the information. It means a lot to me.

  34. Anonymous
    July 13, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    With all due respect, there is nothing new in this article. It just seems as if you are helping MS to push users to take the plunge. If you are not, you should make that very clear otherwise you will lose a lot of credibility with your future articles.

    • Anonymous
      July 14, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      The problem is that most people have very old hardware that has drivers that are not working well with windows 10. A refresh or reformatting will make it run well on some hardware in my experience. You must already have windows 10 to refresh and get windows 10 compatible drivers.

      • Anonymous
        July 14, 2016 at 2:28 pm

        Or try upgrading the drivers without reinstalling but only if the manufacturer has the drivers for windows 10.

      • Anonymous
        July 14, 2016 at 3:56 pm

        OK, maybe to some people this article is news, but that is not my main point. My point is the impression you give with this article & the effect on your credibility. Tony, higher up on this page, put it in starker terms. At the end of the day you have more to lose than me.

    • Tina Sieber
      July 14, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      The article doesn't tell readers they have to upgrade. It informs readers about what will happen if they don't.

      Windows 7 and 8.1 support will eventually expire. Should the hardware last longer than Windows support, users who didn't upgrade to Windows 10 will lose out because they either have to run an insecure operating system, buy new hardware, or buy Windows 10.

      We understand that not everyone wants to upgrade (now) and so we also point readers to the option that they can secure the free upgrade without actually switching to Windows 10. Basically, this article summarizes all the options.

      I appreciate that you, Peter and our other regular readers, have seen all our previous Windows 10 articles and countless articles from other sites. You have to understand that you're a tech-savvy minority. We cater to other audiences too and they might have been busy or actively trying to ignore Windows 10.

      If you've been ignoring the free Windows 10 upgrade, now is the time to face the consequences and really make up your mind. By all means, stay with Windows 7 and 8.1 for as long as you can (never fix a running system), but do secure the free upgrade now! Windows 10 is not worth paying $119 if, sometime in the future, you only want to install it on old hardware that you already own today.

      • Anonymous
        July 27, 2016 at 12:13 am

        "The article doesn't tell readers they have to upgrade. It informs readers about what will happen if they don't."
        You are just splitting hairs. Al Capone's goons did not demand that store owners pay 'protection". They just told them what the consequences will be if they don't pay.

        • Tina Sieber
          July 27, 2016 at 3:46 pm

          Oh wow, now we're the Mafia. Seems a little far fetched to me.

          The idea here was to clearly lay out the consequences of not upgrading. And I think not upgrading is a perfectly fine decision! Never fix a running system, right?

          That said, some users might be better off with an upgrade, even if they don't intend to use it until a few years down the line. And we've explained how to do that. We want our readers to make the decision that's best for them and we're more than happy to show them all their options.

          What we don't want is for them to come around and tell us on July 30 or sometime in 2020, when support for Windows 7 expires, that we should have told them to upgrade because they want to continue using their fine old computer beyond the expiration day of their operating system. Of course then we'll recommend them to install Linux. And some might continue to run Windows 7 despite the risk, like they still run Windows XP today.

        • Anonymous
          July 27, 2016 at 10:12 pm

          "Oh wow, now we're the Mafia. "
          If the shoe fits, wear it. :-)
          Actually it is M$ that is the Mafia, not MUO.

          Microsoft has NEVER done anything altruistic during their existence.
          I'm sure you are familiar with the following ditty:
          One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
          One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
          Microsoft is trying hard to make Win 10 that ring.