Sometimes no matter how often you say something, folks just don’t quite believe you. So I guess some things really do bear repeating . I got this response to a tip that mentioned that Windows 10 is a free upgrade. “Okay, but in the long run after I think, a year. Windows 10 will cost money, right? It is not totally free, that’s what I heard. Is that true?”
I’m not sure where you heard that, but it is definitely not true at all. The one year period, your thinking of is the one-year period in which the upgrade to Windows 10 is free. That year started on July 29, 2015. You have until July, 29 2016 to take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10.
After that, if you want Windows 10, you’re going to have to pay for it. If you’re already taken the free upgrade option, Microsoft is NOT going to start charging you to use Windows 10. Okay? Got it? Everyone listening? You’re converting your license for your previous version of Windows to a license for Windows 10.
I’ve also talked about who is eligible for the free upgrade several times, but since I’m still getting questions, let’s go over that.
If you have Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 already installed on your PC, you are eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10. If you’re running Windows 8, you’ll have to take the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 first. If you have the Home version of Windows, you’ll be upgraded to the Home version. If you have Pro, you’ll be upgraded to Pro. Users of XP and Vista are not eligible for this free upgrade. If you have a tablet running Windows RT, you can’t update to Windows 10.
Also, your PC will have to meet the technical requirements to run Windows 10.
The third question that I get almost daily is “Will Windows 10 overwrite my files?”
As long as you’re doing an upgrade and not a clean install, Windows 10 should not overwrite any of your files or programs. When I did the upgrade, not so much as a desktop icon moved. Now that doesn’t guarantee that every program you had in Windows 7 will work in Windows 10. Most Windows 8.1 programs should be fine. So, you’ll want to check the compatibility of individual programs. Also, check to see if your peripherals are supported. Many manufacturers have Windows 10 driver updates available and Windows 10 does automatically look for driver updates when you upgrade.
I would still back up all my documents, songs and photos before doing an upgrade. It’s a good practice anyway, but important before you undertake any major change to your PC. Something can always go wrong. But something can always go wrong any old day.
Windows 10 upgrades are free and they stay free.
Windows 7, 8.1 and 8 (upgraded to 8.1) PCs are the only ones eligible for the free Windows 10 upgrade.
Windows 10 does not overwrite files and programs (back up your files anyway and check program compatibility first)