You Have Until July 29 to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free

Nancy Messieh 08-07-2016

If you’re running Windows 7 or 8, you may have received a notification letting you know that the clock is ticking on a free upgrade to Windows 10.


If you’ve been on the fence, and for good reason, after July 29, the upgrade will set you back $119. Windows users who use assistive technologies will be exempted from this deadline.


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If you haven’t received the notification at all, Microsoft explains that there’s a host of reasons why that might be, including that you might have already disabled those annoying notifications.

The following are the reasons listed by Microsoft for why you might not have seen the notification:

  • You have a recent version of the “Get Windows 10” app installed.
  • You have selected the Do not notify me again option.
  • Your computer is detected to be incompatible with Windows 10.
  • You have previously uninstalled Windows 10 after you upgrade.
  • Your Windows 10 installation failed and rolled back.
  • You have hidden the “Get Windows 10” app notifications.
  • You have disabled the Windows 10 upgrade or you have disabled the offer screen through registry key settings.

Either way, if you are eligible for the upgrade, you’ll have to make a decision to upgrade or not in less than a month.

You can access the Windows 10 upgrade either in your system tray or by clicking the upgrade button here. You’ll be prompted to download the installation file, after which you will be walked through how to complete the upgrade.

Before you begin, don’t forget to backup all your files, just in case. And if you do decide to take the plunge, be sure to read this guide on how to upgrade to Windows 10 How to Upgrade to Windows 10 & Take Settings and Apps with You Windows 10 is coming and you have a choice to make. Either you upgrade your existing Windows installation, or you can install Windows 10 from scratch. We show you how to migrate to Windows 10... Read More and keep your settings and apps in the process.

If you’re still not sure about whether or not to upgrade, you can see the OS in action on the Windows 10 Demo.

Are you going to upgrade to Windows 10 or not? Let us know in the comments. 

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  1. Anonymous
    July 14, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    I installed Windows 10 twice, and gave it a fair run, then rolled back to Windows 7.
    It is not the most intuitive of Windows OS's, but you get used to it pretty quickly.
    I really do not mind Windows 10. Nothing great, but nothing overly offensive. It just does not offer any compelling reason to upgrade from Windows 7. I might feel different if I had a touch screen on my computer, but, I don't.
    The main deal breaker for me was the incredibly dim decision to dump Windows Media Center or offer a modernised equivalent.
    I watch free to air TV on the 27 inch secondary monitor hanging off my laptop. It is my only TV.
    I have tried all the available alternatives, and find that none compare to WMC for simply watching TV. They are either too cluncky, too slow, or just lacking in one way or another.
    I only use WMC for TV, but, I use it for TV.
    Windows 7 does everything I want, it is stable, reliable and solid. WMC was one of the Microsoft products that the folks at Redmond just nailed. It may not have some of the specialised bells and whistles of other packages, but it never needed to try that hard, it does what it needs to do, and does it well.
    I will wait and see how Windows 10 evolves, and if it starts to offer a more compelling reason to switch, then I might reconsider.

  2. Jean
    July 14, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I have upgraded twice, once at the beginning and a second time two weeks ago. Everytime I had to go back to my dear win 7, as win 10 bugged each time. I will now stick to win 7.

  3. David K
    July 12, 2016 at 2:39 pm

    I work in an electronics service center and we have had numerous customers with windows 10 upgrades that have either failed to completely install or once completed have run significantly slower than windows 8.

    I think windows 10 is the best marketing tool for XP and Linux - ever!

  4. Anonymous
    July 8, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I wouldn't upgrade my main computer to Win10 if they paid me the $119.00. I upgraded my tablet and it's the worst Windows OS I've ever used...let me's the worst OS I've ever used. Short of junking the whole OS, I don't even know how you'd start to fix this patchwork, unintuitive mess.

    MS can't seem to grasp that people still use a mouse and keyboard on desktops and a touch optimized OS is awful for that. Don't they wonder why the all-in-one touchscreen desktop units that have existed for years aren't the top selling computers? Have you ever seen one used in an office? Enough with "touch" where it doesn't belong. At the very least, offer a desktop, keyboard/mouse optimized version or settings for the real world. Nobody wants a big tablet screen on their desktop, and a bad one at that.

  5. Anonymous
    July 8, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I'd rather upgrade to windows XP than downgrade to windows 10