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What will you do when Microsoft kills off the free Windows 10 upgrade this summer?

What will you do when Microsoft kills off the free Windows 10 upgrade this summer?

Microsoft is planning to release a big Windows 10 software update this summer. This will happen near July 29, which is the day Microsoft will stop offering the free Windows 10 upgrade to eligible Windows users.

For those not eligible, Microsoft is charging a hefty price of $120 to buy the full software. Information about upgrade pricing has not yet been released, although historically it's been $100. So, should you upgrade?

If you are happy running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 you can keep using them. Microsoft will continue providing security patches for the software until at least January 14, 2020, and chances are you'll need a new computer by then anyway.

However, if you've been planning a switch to Windows 10, and haven't done it yet, you don't have much time left to do so. We most likely won't know what the upgrade will cost until this summer when the free trial is over. You don't want to end up making a big dent in your wallet if you don't have to.

Since Microsoft is providing security patches for the older versions, it's really up to you if you're ready to make the switch. If you are, we recommend making sure your PC is fully compatible with the new system, reading up on the various Windows 10 online support forums, and fully backing up your system before installing the upgrade.

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