Just a reminder that Microsoft’s offer to “Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free” officially expires on July 29th. Microsoft made it official in May that the offer would not be extended (although that’s not to say they won’t have another promo, but this particular offer will end on 7/29/16). Also, if you purchased a qualified and genuine Windows 7 or 8.1 device, remember that the 1 year offer did not start from the time of purchase… the clock started ticking the day Windows 10 became available, the free upgrade ends for everyone on 7/29/16. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us.
The following are details from Microsoft:
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You can sign up for the Windows 10 upgrade offer in two ways:
- Click a button in the Get Windows 10 app that says “Reserve my upgrade”, “Upgrade now”, “Upgrade later”, or “Schedule my upgrade.” The Get Windows 10 app shows up as a Windows icon in the notification area at the right end of your taskbar (the taskbar is the ribbon of icons on the bottom of your desktop). If you don’t see the app, get help here.
- During the set-up of a new PC, check a box that says “Reserve my free Windows 10 upgrade,” “Upgrade now,” or “Upgrade later.”
If you no longer want to be signed up for the free upgrade to Windows 10, you can change your PC’s status through the GetWindows 10 app. Open the app by clicking on the Windows icon on the right of your taskbar, click the menu icon in the upper left of the app, and choose “Change reservation status.”
Microsoft recommends that all eligible PCs upgrade to Windows 10 for the best, most up-to-date security to protect you in today’s online world.
Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as a free upgrade for compatible devices that are running genuine Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
The free upgrade is a full version of Windows (not a trial or introductory version) and is available until July 29, 2016. Once you upgrade, you’ll have Windows 10 for free on that device.
- The free upgrade offer isn’t available for devices running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Enterprise editions of Windows.
- Not every device eligible for upgrade will run every feature ofWindows 10.
- For more info about upgrade qualifications, system requirements, and feature availability, see theWindows 10specifications page.
Windows 10 is designed to be compatible with the majority of devices and apps that are currently available.
For details about your specific devices and apps, check the compatibility report that is a part of the Get Windows 10 app. To do this, open the Get Windows 10 app, select the menu in the upper left corner of the app, and then select Check your PC(or Your PC is good to go) to see any known compatibility issues and recommended resolutions.
Yes, there are a few different ways for you to go back from Windows 10 to a previous version of Windows:
- If it’s been less than a month since you’ve upgraded toWindows 10, you’ll be able to go back to your previous version of Windows from Settings > Update & security > Recovery.
- If your PC manufacturer provided the option, you might be able to restore your device to factory settings.
- If options to go back and restore factory settings aren’t available, you can use installation media and a product key to install a previous version of Windows.
For more info and requirements, see the go back to a previous version of Windows section of Recovery options in Windows 10.