If you’re a Windows PC user, you only have today left to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. The latest update expires on 29 July as a free download, exactly one year after its release to the public. It is available for free to anyone with Windows 7 or 8.1 until the cut-off point.
Anyone that doesn’t download before this deadline will have to pay £99.99 when they want to upgrade to Windows 10. To make sure you don’t lose out, we’re going to take you through how to download Windows 10 now and avoid the fee.
How to upgrade
Already have Windows 7 or 8.1? You can head to the Microsoft website to start upgrading your device now. Check out the countdown clock to see how much time you have left.
How long it will take to upgrade your device will depend on various factors like its age. Once the download is complete, most devices will take around an hour to upgrade. But this can be longer for older devices, while some newer devices might upgrade quicker.
This free upgrade isn’t available for devices running Windows Vista, Windows XP or Enterprise editions of Windows.
Don’t want Windows 10? You can turn the notifications off by following these steps.
1. Click or tap on the Taskbar and select Properties.
2. On the Taskbar tab, select Customise and the Notification area.
3. Look for an icon called GWX (Get Windows 10) and select ‘Hide icon and notifications’.
Be sure you definitely don’t want to update before you do this. That’s because from 29 July, it will cost you £99.99 to download Windows 10 Home and £189.99 for Windows Pro.
What are the benefits?
Windows 10 does come with a number of new features. You’ll get access to Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana (similar to Apple’s Siri). This will enable users to control certain desktop functions with voice commands and features a search function that will explore both the device and the web.
The new software is proving popular with gamers, as it includes certain software that’s designed to increase gaming speed and reliability. As a Windows 10 user, you’ll gain access to new games for free as well. Unlike Windows 8, you won’t need to have a Microsoft account to log into Windows 10 either.
Keep in mind though that Windows 10 Home will download and install updates automatically. You might find this a nuisance if you would rather choose when to run updates yourself. With Windows 10, you won’t be able to play DVD content on your PC or laptop either, although you will be able to download an app after you’ve upgraded to give you this function.
Overall, it’s up to you whether you want to upgrade your Windows device to the newest software. Just make sure that you download before the deadline – you don’t want to miss out on a freebie!