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Microsoft Publishes End of Free Upgrade Offer Notification for Windows 10

Microsoft is giving it one last jab, hoping users running older versions of Windows; jump on the free upgrade offer to Windows 10 before it ends this month. A new notification was recently released, reminding users, the upgrade will end on July 29. Users have the option of opting out by just clicking the Remind me later button.

Microsoft Reminding Users Windows 10 Free Upgrade Ends Soon

For the past six months, Microsoft has been on an aggressive push to get all systems running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to upgrade. So far, the company has created more controversy. Microsoft has been accused of forcing the update to install without user permission. The issue became so widespread that a cottage industry of third-party utilities has been created to block the free upgrade. Most recently a user filed a lawsuit against the company and successfully won a $10,000 settlement for damages caused by the free upgrade.

This notification is a reminder that the Window 10 free upgrade offer ends on July 29, 2016. Microsoft recommends that you upgrade to Windows 10 before the offer expires. You can choose to upgrade directly from the notification, dismiss the notification permanently, or choose to be reminded later. Source

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I think Microsoft could find common ground by letting users upgrade when they wanted. An option to reserve the upgrade by choosing to download in the background over time, then let user upgrade at their leisure would have been a better compromise. Even for users who have opted to take the offer, the experience itself has been a hit or miss. There are reports of the upgrade assistant downloading nearly 30 GBs of data in the background or the upgrade failing at some point during the installation.

Microsoft recently said Windows 10 is now installed on 350 million systems worldwide. The unfortunate reality is, a lot of users came kicking and screaming. Apart from these hiccups, Windows 10 has been refined tremendously since its debut at the end of July 2015. It is unfortunate a lot of users who have been hesitant to upgrade will miss out on the upcoming Anniversary Update, which includes significant refinements and features. For users who are still on the fence, I implore you to reconsider seriously skipping the upgrade because of the past few months. The Anniversary Update based on my experiences is what Windows 10 should have been from the start. It would be a shame for so many to miss out on it.

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10 Responses to Microsoft Publishes End of Free Upgrade Offer Notification for Windows 10

  1. Robin Window July 7, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    Later on in the year no doubt we shall have whingers on here saying they have to pay for it now lol.

  2. Doug July 7, 2016 at 8:39 am #

    I’ve had a Terrible experience with the Win 10 upgrade on my Gateway ZX6900. The first time I “upgraded” Win10 it deleted the files needed to revert back to Win7. I ran Win10 for a month or two until I started getting the BSOD continually and I had to use the backup and repair disks I had made of the Win10 “upgrade” It got so bad I went to a store and purchased Win7 Pro and did a clean install. A month later after the Win10 nag popup started appearing I tried again to “upgrade” to Win10. It would not function correctly, but this time I Could revert back to Win7. I have upgraded drivers, etc, etc, and tried almost Every “workaround” that has been recommended on numerous sites. This PC and Win10 do not play well together.

    • Robin Window July 7, 2016 at 9:05 am #

      Sorry to hear you had so much trouble upgrading to Windows10.
      Have read this so many times and don’t understand why some do appear to have these problems.
      I have upgraded three of my 2 desktops and 1 laptop and many many others for friends and family and have never had any problems at all.
      Could i suggest if you want to try again you download the disk creation tool which enables you to create a DVD disc from which you can do the upgrade.
      Download it from this link https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/software-download/windows10
      and hope this could solve your problem if you want to get onto Win10.
      It is a good and reliable system and i have never ever seen a BSOD in all honesty.
      You might like to read this website but in the end for some unknown reason it might just be your PC which is the fly in the ointment though i would very much doubt it.

      • Doug July 8, 2016 at 7:12 am #

        Thanks.

  3. holdum333 July 7, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    Hi!! Here’s my 2cents. I help seniors with their PCs for free. I let one pc upgrade using the up date feature. That failed. Tried the MCT. That failed and rendered the PC unbootable. Tried every thing. Had to restore back to factory and then was able to use the MCT flash to upgrade. I was not a happy camper,and I’m still angry. IMHO MS went about this wrong and I’m wondering what’s be hide all this. I really suspect there is some thing behind this push to W10, and the government is in on it! I guess we have to live with what we’re dealt.
    Why not join me on the sister forum to this one and discuss these things.
    http://windows10forum.com/

  4. thom r July 7, 2016 at 10:48 am #

    I wont be missing out cause there’s nothing to miss.

    • Robin Window July 7, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

      As my wife would say…..Whatever !!!

  5. Jon July 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm #

    I am an IT Professional at a small company and I have said time and time again if you have trouble after the Windows 10 Upgrade simply back up your files, create a DVD or USB Stick with the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, wipe your Hard Drive clean using Diskpart. Do a clean install of Windows 10 and simply skip entering the Product Key. Once the initial upgrade completed Microsoft absorbed the Windows 7 or 8.1 License you had running on that PC and the PC will automatically activate upon the clean re-installation of Windows 10. So far this has resolved a lot of issues with drivers and other software that got hinked up from the upgrade. Just my “two-cents worth.”

  6. holdum333 July 19, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

    Hi Jon! Is is necessary to wipe the hard drive clean with a 3rd party program? Can’t I just down load the MCT to a flash and install W10?
    Thanks!

  7. Observation July 25, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    Windows 10 upgrade 10 did allow download in background and you could delay install if you read carefully. Truth is most users are not careful about reading dialog boxes that pop-up. They even press buttons just to get pop-up off screen without reading.

    Yes for certain users MS made that worse by not making a permanent startup menu entry and hidden directory to safely save downloaded but not yet installed upgrade files. But THB that would have served only a small niche user group. Your average home users would then have complained that the menu was hidden or they were unaware of the upgrade offer.

    TBH further sales/installs of Windows 10 after 29 July are probably limited to volume license buyers (particularly software assurance upgrades) and new computer installs (and these stop with next Windows 11 release).

    As a business MS does need to say stop. First MS has to tally the number of user to plan support costs etc (more users equal more update bandwidth and customer service reps etc). Also its required by SEC and other accounting processes. stockholder want to know how much the promotion cost.

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