Windows 7 users: Don’t pay for Windows 8

Microsoft has traditionally sold operating systems for a hefty price…currently a full upgrade to Windows 8.1 costs around $100. This meant that most people don’t upgrade to the newest operating system until they buy a brand-new computer. But Microsoft seems to be trying to change that.

Windows 10 logoMicrosoft last month announced the upcoming release of their newest operating system, Windows 10. (Yes, their previous OS was Windows 8. They skipped Windows 9 apparently.)

Along with announcing the new features of Windows 10, Microsoft also announced that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 within the first year after Windows 10 is released.

So if you’re using Windows 7, don’t fork over your money to pay for an upgrade to Windows 8.1. Wait a bit longer and get a free upgrade to the newest version — Windows 10.

Microsoft hasn’t officially announced a release date for Windows 10, but it’s rumored to be a summertime release in 2015, and that makes sense so they could have Windows 10 installed on new computers in time for back-to-school shopping.

So it seems the one-year window (see what I did there?) for getting your free upgrade won’t start for at least several months. This means if you buy a new PC before then, it will most likely have Windows 8 installed, but you’ll soon be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. 

Also, if your computer is pre-Windows 7 (XP or Vista), you can feel free to buy a new Windows 7 or 8 computer and will soon be able to get the newer Windows 10 upgrade for free.

Windows 10 desktop
Windows 10 desktop and Start Menu (Photo courtesy of arstechnica.com and Andrew Cunningham)

Some of Windows 10’s new features will include automatically installed updates, a new web browser to replace Internet Explorer, and Cortana (Microsoft’s version of Siri). And the Start Menu seems to be returning to its more traditional form after being changed for Windows 8.

Got a topic you want me to blog about? A comment or suggestion? Let me know below!

-Paul

One Reply to “Windows 7 users: Don’t pay for Windows 8”

  1. Thanks, Paul. This is good. We are still thinking about a laptop and tablet to replace our desktop PC. I look forward to seeing you Tuesday. Have you, Megan, and Rudy been out enjoying today’s new snow?

    Papa

    On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 11:19 AM, Paul B. Brown | Multimedia Content

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