The latest Windows 10 update from Microsoft is actually an update for users of the older Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 operating systems, and is available from yesterday Sep 20 in the Windows Update section of the older OS versions.
Of note is the fact that Win 7 and 8.1 users can still get a clean upgrade to Windows 10 free of cost using the software product key that they got with their current operating systems. It was discovered and posted by tech journalist Paul Thurrott on September 11, which he again verified on September 20, which was yesterday.
So as far as we’re aware, the free Windows 10 upgrade is still available to users of Win 7/8.1 if they still want to experience the new operating system. Of course, the version you’ll get is the one that includes the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, but it’ll still not too late to get Windows 10 installed on your new PCs and laptops.
It looks like Microsoft has given a sort of “grace period” for users who didn’t upgrade to Windows 10 as of July 29, the last day when the new OS was officially available to upgrade at no charge. Strangely, Microsoft hasn’t been advertising this extended period for some reason and we don’t know how long it will be available.
It’s likely that Microsoft actually decided against charging for Windows 10 as far as individual consumers are concerned. Earlier speculations indicated that Windows 10 could become a subscription-based product for new users but so far they’ve only rolled out the subscription model for commercial users of Windows 10, which they’re charging at $7 per user license per year.
The problem for Microsoft now is that only 20% of all PC users are on Windows 10, which must have come as a major disappointment to the company. A full 67% of the world’s desktops and laptops still run on older versions of Windows like 7, 8, 8.1 and XP. It’s possible that Microsoft is silently trying to get even more users to switch on the free upgrade without actually making it official.
Thanks to Paul Thurrott, we now know that the offer is still very much open so if you still want to upgrade, just go to the Windows Update section on your PC or laptop and use the Win 7/8.1 product key to get your free upgrade to Windows 10.
Here’s where you should go on your PC/laptop to do that.
And if you don’t want the Windows 10 upgrade, just go to the Update section and download just the “remove Get Windows 10” update and you can continue to use Win7/8.1 on your PC or laptop.
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