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Final countdown: You have 3 weeks left to update to Windows 10 for free

Published Jul 8th, 2016 5:30PM EDT
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Look, we’re going to level with you: there are definitely some valid reasons to skip the update to Windows 10. Maybe you’re on a work PC and your IT department hasn’t authorized the update. Maybe you have some crazy custom legacy software that you’ve confirmed just won’t work on Windows 10. Maybe you’re afraid Windows 10 is going to spy on you.

We’re not going to judge you in any of those cases but to be frank, Windows 10 is pretty awesome. Microsoft did a terrific job of listening to customers complain about everything they hated in Windows 8 and undoing most of the damage. But be warned: If you ever plan to update to Windows 10, now is the time to do it.

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Three weeks from today will be the last day you’ll be able to download Microsoft’s big Windows 10 upgrade for free. After that, you’ll have to pay to update your desktop or laptop, and you’ll be furious that you didn’t grab Windows 10 while it was free.

Do yourself a favor and don’t wait for the last minute to install the update. Bite the bullet and take some time out of your weekend plans to get the ball rolling. Trust us when we tell you that you’ll be happy you did.

What should you do if you do if you’re ready to upgrade your machine to Windows 10? It really couldn’t be easier. Make sure your PC is plugged in if it’s a laptop and then head to this page on Microsoft’s website. There, you’ll be able to run a quick check to see if your PC is eligible for the update — it almost certainly will be as long as you’re running a licensed version of Windows — and your download will begin. Once it’s downloaded, the installer takes care of the rest.

You should definitely back up any important data before you begin. Microsoft’s upgrade process is pretty smooth and you won’t lose anything if all goes according to plan… but things don’t always go according to plan.

July 29th is the last day Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade will be available for free. Again, don’t wait until then.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.

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