Your last chance to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
Microsoft is planning to end the free upgrade to Windows 10 on Wednesday, July 29th, 2016, exactly one year that the operating system was first released on the market.
When Windows 10 was released, the free upgrade allowed users to gain access to Microsoft’s new operating system for free which allowed them to take advantage of its advancements, innovations, and benefits. This was seen as a positive by many users who enthusiastically responded to the upgrade.
Since its release in 2015, Windows 10 is constantly innovating and working to be better for its users. With updated security, compatibility for your mobile devices, and a focus on productivity and personalization for each user, Windows 10 is considered by many to be great update from Microsoft. 
Option 1: Upgrading to Windows 10 with the Free Upgrade
For those of you looking to take advantage of the free upgrade before its expiry on July 29th, here are the steps to installing and running the operating system on your computer.
Option 2: Upgrading to Windows 10 after July 29th 2016
If you choose not to take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 before July 29th, you will be able to upgrade in the future in 2 ways:
- Buy a new device or computer which will have Windows 10 installed as the operating system
- Purchase a full version of Windows 10 with all associated programming and licensing.
Moving to a new version of Windows is a big step. If you run a business, consider this:
When it comes to upgrades, ask the question, “What am I going to get from upgrading?” If there is no real business benefit and things are working well, then an upgrade is not recommended. Also consider:
- By the time Windows 7 is obsolete, you will need a new computer anyway and it will come with Windows 10
- Upgrading has the potential to drop applications without notice. If Windows 10 does not like the application it will disable it and you won’t be able to access it.
- Windows 10 works differently from Windows 7 requiring a learning curve to get back to the level of productivity that you now enjoy.
- Windows 10 introduces uncertainties which can cost you money to repair.
When I did a Windows 10 upgrade on my laptop at home it rendered the laptop non-functional. I had to bring it in for the guys to upgrade the bios and what not to allow Windows 10 to function correctly. It has worked well since then.
If you are a business, don’t be fooled by the free offer to upgrade to Windows 10. Free could become quite expensive if things go wrong. There is nothing wrong with purchasing a new computer with Windows 10, but we would not suggest upgrading unless you have a business specific reason to do
Having said that I know of lots of incidents where the upgrade went fine and there were no residual issues. However, we tend to be conservative to our recommendation would be to stick with the tried and true.
Thinking of upgrading to Windows 10? Please contact us at 647-426-1004 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or require assistance when upgrading to Windows 10.
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Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/publications. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
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