Users to shell out $119 after free Windows 10 upgrade period ends

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Undecided Windows 7 and Windows 8 users still have five weeks to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Microsoft will roll out the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on July 29, marking the end of the one year free Windows 10 upgrade period.

For the time being, opinions are divided: many users refuse to upgrade due to Microsoft’s dishonest upgrade tactics, others say that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are good enough operating systems, while recent opinion polls suggest many are planning to upgrade before the Anniversary Update.

More than 300 million computers are running Windows 10 and it appears more devices will join their ranks by July 29. But what happens after July 29, when the free upgrade offer ends?

Well, you’ll still be able to purchase Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store and Microsoft retail partners, but this time you’ll have to pay $119 to do so. The Windows 10 Pro version will be a bit more expensive at $199. Users can also choose to purchase the Windows 10 Pro Pack, allowing them to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro, for $99.

Those who do not upgrade will have enough time at their disposal to feel sorry when Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 and 8.1. If you don’t upgrade now, the technology progress will force you to make the transition. The only difference is that you’ll have to pay to get Windows 10.

After the Anniversary Update, Windows 10 will become even more reliable as the Microsoft engineering team gradually fixes all its major bugs. Once a computer is upgraded to Windows 10, Microsoft will update it whenever a new update or improvement is available via the Windows Update service.

All in all, the decision is yours. Technology is one of the most rapidly evolving fields, and if you want to benefit from the latest improvements and technology progress, you should use the latest OS available.

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