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Microsoft Will End Free Windows 10 Upgrade Offer July 29th

By July 12, 2016March 2nd, 2023Blog, Technology News

MicrosoftXWillXEndXFreeXWindowsX10XUpgradeXSoftwareXOfferXJulyX29thBy now, you’ve almost certainly heard the news. Microsoft’s latest OS, Windows 10, is free for the moment, but that’s ending as of July 29. After that point, if you want to upgrade, you’ll have to pay.

There is no doubt that the launch and adoption of Windows 10 has been wildly successful. Hundreds of millions of people are now using it, and it has seen the fastest rate of adoption of any OS in the company’s history. At least part of the reason for that though, has been the fact that the company has been using some fairly aggressive tactics to get people to upgrade, some of which have mirrored tactics used by hackers who try to push malware onto user’s machines.

Predictably, these kinds of tactics have drawn a chorus of complaints from Windows 7 and 8 users who don’t want to upgrade for various reasons. Unfortunately, if you’re still using some version of either Windows 7 or 8, you’re in for one more round of ubiquitous “nag screens” before the deadline arrives.

From now until July 29th, every time you boot your machine up, you’ll get a full screen reminder to upgrade to Windows 10 while it’s still free. Even if you choose the option to delay the redisplay of this message, it will still appear every third day as a “friendly reminder.”

There’s no doubt that Windows 10 is a solid, secure, robust operating system. If at all possible, you should do everything you can to get yourself in a position to upgrade, so that you can take advantage of the free offer and save yourself or your company some money. If that’s not possible, you’ll see an end to the nag screen as of July 29, but until then, get ready for another wave of heavy-handed attempts to get you to upgrade.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.