With the Windows 10 free upgrade deadline nearing, now would be the right time to upgrade your system to the latest offering by Microsoft. Microsoft is offering the Windows 10 upgrade free to all users of Windows 8.1 Update and Windows 7 SP1 until July 29, 2016.
After the free offer ends, the full version of Windows 10 Home will cost US$119 and Windows 10 Pro will cost US$199.99. Users who want to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 10 Pro can purchase the Windows 10 Pro Pack which costs US$99. So users interested in upgrading their systems to the all new Windows 10 have almost a month from today to avail of the free upgrade.
You will not be able to avail of the free offer after the deadline so even if you want to keep using your existing Windows version it would be helpful to upgrade now. Later on, you always have the option to rollback to your previous version of Windows. Once you upgrade your computer to Windows 10 now and activate it, your Windows 10 license will be tied to the device, thanks to Digital Entitlement.
So in case in the future you chose to get Windows 10, then you would be able to upgrade your particular device for free, since your activated Windows 10 license would be tied to that device.
In addition, users who upgrade before the deadline are eligible for free future updates, including a Windows 10 anniversary update, reported to be available from Microsoft this summer.
Here is how to upgrade to Windows 10:
1. Confirm your system is ready for Windows 10
Like any operating system, Windows 10 has system requirements. Microsoft has a helpful page on this topic, but here?s the list of requirements:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
- Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display: 800×600
2. Find the right drivers (optional)
While it?s possible that your older system could run Windows 10, it may not necessarily work well enough. There is always the problem of drivers for sound and graphics for several older systems. With the right model number of your PC, you could easily be able to download the right drivers for your device from the official websites of vendors.
Microsoft even has special error codes to signal when your system falls short of the requirements. For most people, however, the upgrade should go smoothly. Use these preparation tips to maximize your chances for success.
Another unpleasant surprise would be running out of storage space for the installation process. So it is better to use an external hard drive to get all your essential data onto the device before following with the upgrade.