With the deadline for the Windows 10 upgrade fast approaching, a reader had a great question: “What’s going to happen to all of us who do not want to upgrade to Windows 10 after July 29, 2016?”
Well, to sum it up in one word, “Nothing.” At least not right away. You’ll probably notice that some new features, services and devices don’t work with your PC. Notice that I said “new.” Your PC should continue to work as usual.
If you’re using Vista, your security support will end next April and your PC will no longer be safe to use online. If you’re using Windows 7, you’ll have security support until January of 2020. Windows 8.1 will be supported through January of 2023.
If you decide to upgrade after July, it will cost you a little over $100. With Windows 10, Microsoft is changing the way they handle operating systems. Expect gradual constant changes and upgrades instead of major new operating systems. In fact, many believe that folks who upgrade to Windows 10 will never have to pay for another operating system and that Microsoft will switch to an Apple-like model of offering free OS upgrades. But only if you’re already using Windows 10.