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Windows 10 – Is It Really Free?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Windows 10

I’ve gotten tons of questions like this one from Caroline:  “I have the little window for Windows 10 in my tray.  If I pre-order for free now, will there be a monthly charge later. I have heard that there will be such a charge.”

Caroline, if you’ve got that icon in the tray then you are good to go with a free upgrade to Windows 10 and no monthly charge down the road. I’m not sure where you heard about the monthly charge, but that information is not correct


Microsoft has stated emphatically for months that there is no charge now or ever for the upgrade as long as you do it within the first year that Windows 10 is offered to the general public.


You have from July 29, 2015 to July 29, 2016 to take advantage of that free upgrade.

Who gets the free upgrade?  Home users with genuine copies of Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Pro, Windows 8 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Pro. You will get the upgrade to the same type you already have installed. Home Edition users get Home Edition Users, Pro users get Pro.  You will not have to enter your product key.


Users of the Enterprise edition of Windows (intended for businesses)  will have to pay for the upgrade.

If you see that little Windows icon in the lower-corner of your screen, you’ve got a genuine copy and Windows is ready to upgrade.

This isn’t a pre-order, it’s just a reservation system acknowledging that you want the upgrade when it comes out. If you choose not to upgrade before July 29 of 2016 and later want Windows 10, you’ll have to pay for it.

In this case, Microsoft is offering a new operating system much in the same way that Apple upgrade the Mac OS. It’s free to current users to upgrade. This way it helps get everyone on the same page as far as the operating system they are using. When you think about it, a customer base using XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and 8.1 – is a whole lot of fragmentation. It makes it harder to secure and harder to offer new features.

It’s a bold move to a different style of doing business for Microsoft.

One last time to clear up any question. If you are using Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 – the upgrade is free as long as you do it by July 29, 2016. It will remain free for the life of your computer.

~ Cynthia


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7 Responses to “Windows 10 – Is It Really Free?”

  1. Peggy McReynolds says:

    I was ask if I wanted to reserve a copy of Win 10 and I checked yes but I see no icon my on my computer…should I be concerned?

    • Peggy McReynolds says:

      Wanted to let you know I now have the windows Icon for upgrade so I am in waiting mode now.
      One more question I have Win 8.1 but you mentioned Win 8.1 Pro??????Do I automatically get Pro when I upgraded last time?


      • cynthia says:

        If you currently have Pro, you’ll upgrade to pro. If you currently have the home edition, you’ll upgrade to the home edition.

  2. Wanda Weinberg says:

    I have Windows 7 Home Premium installed on my computer which was originally a Vista and I have no little windows on my task bar. Does this mean I can’t install Windows 10 because my computer OS was originally Vista or because of another reason (if so, please let me know the exact reason)?

  3. Ted Baird says:

    I have windows 7 home addition but still do not have the windows 10 reservation icon in my tray. Will it come or do I need to do something?

  4. Ludwig says:

    How do I get rid of the win 10 icon? I’m not upgrading my pc and I keep getting it every morning back in the area by the clock. I shut the notifications off , yet it’s back the next day. Help.
    I don’t want a pc that has to run everything with the internet/cloud. Thanks

    • david says:

      Windows 10 is not a Cloud OS like Google Chromium Laptop
      it requires internet only for validation of license apart from that its just a normal desktop OS.

      when your internet is ON, your windows 10 will be more intelligent

      there is absolutely no harm to upgrade your old OS to windows 10 for Free of cost

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