Two days ago (July 29, 2015) Microsoft began offering Windows 10 for free to all users with one of the following operating systems:
- Windows 7 Home and Professional users running Service Pack 1
- Windows 8 Home and Professional users running the Windows 8.1 update
The free upgrade is available for one year, and after that, you’ll have to pay for the upgrade. This upgrade happens somewhat automatically via Windows updates. We strongly recommend you do NOT accept the prompt to upgrade for the following reasons:
- So far, our experience is the initial update that simply allows the upgrade to Windows 10 takes 20 to 45 minutes, and can’t be interrupted once it’s started.
- The actual upgrade itself takes one to two hours to complete and can’t be interrupted once it’s started.
- Microsoft software is known for having initial “bugs” and problems that are resolved over the first several months. For the sake of stability to your business, we recommend waiting rather than being an early adopter.
If you’re interested in upgrading to Windows 10, let us know and we’ll help you evaluate its suitability in your environment. For more information on Windows 10, see our recent blog article here.