For Windows 7 and Windows 8 Users, the free Microsoft upgrade to Windows 10 expires today (Friday, July 29th). The Windows 10 upgrade had been freely available for a year. After the free offer expires, Windows users will have to remain with the version they currently have, or pay a nominal fee to purchase the Windows 10 upgrade.
Some folks have been very hesitant to upgrade to Windows 10 because they are already pleased with Windows 7 or Windows 8 and have grown accustomed to their preferred operating systems.
Windows 10, naturally, has more bells and whistles than previous versions of the operating system. However, one of the down sides of upgrading is the lack of driver support (a driver is a set of instructions that tells the software how to communicate with the hardware and vice versa), which means that some drivers have not been updated to be compatible with Windows 10. Also, some industry-specific applications have not yet been updated to work with Windows 10 either.
Nonetheless, Windows 10 is a refined version of Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and others. PCWorld likewise states that Windows 10 is “the right interface for the right device.” Learn more about what PCWorld lists as the advantages of Windows 10 here. Of course, others have praised Windows 10 for its hologram technology potential and compatibility with gaming, which PCWorld mentions here. Finally, Microsoft has emphasized that Windows 10 is more secure because of both Windows Defender and Windows Firewall, which you can read more on here.
Ready to upgrade? Then you may download Windows 10 at the Microsoft website here.
Should you happen to miss this free upgrade, Windows 7 is in extended support until January 14, 2020.
Mariecor is a military veteran’s wife and a mother of two. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA), and has a strong California Grad School background in Organizational Leadership. Continually sought as a professional writer and freelance editor, Mariecor has been published in USA Today, Medium.com, Examiner.com (publication was live from November 2011 to July 2016), Studio D Media (formerly Demand Media Studios), Toovia.com, CampTrip.com, and other media channels. She has several books under both her name as well as a pseudonym. To learn more about Mariecor Agravante, visit her website at www.WriterMariecor.com