Windows 10’s free upgrade ends July 29
The Windows 10 free upgrade ends July 29.
We’ve known that for a long time, but now the deadline is looming. You have just 25 days from today to do the deed. Or not…
THE PC WORKS DOES NOT RECOMMEND THE FREE UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10!!! WAIT AND PAY WHEN MICROSOFT GETS THEIR SOFTWARE FIXED!!!
In the past month, Microsoft’s strategies for getting people to upgrade have swung from deceptive back to friendly, making it hard to know what the company will pull next as the pressure mounts. You see, Microsoft has a goal: It wants Windows 10 on 1 billion devices by 2018. It just hit 300 million in May, so there’s still a long way to go.
Even if you’re turned off by Microsoft’s tactics, don’t endanger your PC by turning off updates.
If you have already upgraded or want to take advantage of the FREE Upgrade you need to know a few things….
1. Confirm your system is ready for Windows 10
Like any operating system, Windows 10 has system requirements. Microsoft has a helpful page on this topic, but here’s the gist:
- CPU: 1GHz
- Graphics: Must support DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display resolution: 800×600
- RAM: 1GB for 32-bit systems, 2GB for 64-bit
- Free storage: 16GB for 32-bit systems, 20GB for 64-bit
While it’s possible your older system could run Windows 10, it may not be pretty. Microsoft even has special error codes to signal when your system falls short of the requirements.
For most people, however, the upgrade should go smoothly. (maybe)
2. Brace yourself for error codes
Nothing ever goes wrong in an upgrade, right? Right. Microsoft has an entire page devoted to upgrade issues.
One problem that might crop up immediately is a botched download—corrupted or missing files.
Another unpleasant surprise would be running out of storage space for the installation process.