Windows 10 upgrade deadline approaching

Let me start by saying that I’m not encouraging anyone to upgrade to Windows 10.  The operating system you use is a personal choice like the car you choose.  There is no wrong answer.  I just want to make sure that those who decided to wait until the last minute to upgrade don’t miss the deadline.

Andrew Clarke

The primary purpose of this blog is to remind you that the end of the Windows 10 free upgrade period is close at hand.  The deadline is July 29, 2016.  As such, Microsoft will be making on last huge push to get you to upgrade if you haven’t already done so according to Digital Trends [full article at http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/final-microsoft-windows-10-nag/].

Among other things, they say that not everyone will see this last effort by Microsoft, but my suspicion is that most people will.  The good news is that the final intrusion should come with an option to stop being notified.  Their recommendation is that you

upgrade and roll back at least one computer if you have multiple units in order to preserve your right to have Windows 10 for free after the deadline.  Doing so will get your information into the database at Microsoft as an authorized owner of Windows 10.

I don’t necessarily agree since support for Windows 7 will continue until January 14, 2020 and support for Windows 8 will continue until January 10, 2023.  In my opinion, we will all need new computers by then, which will come with Windows 10.

Detailed Windows OS life cycle information is available at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet.  This page gives information on how long each operating system will be supported by Microsoft.

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