Windows 10 free download deadline approaches. For the last 10 months, Microsoft Windows 7 and 8 users have been able to upgrade to the new Windows 10 operating system for free. However, the deadline for free upgrades is fast approaching. From 29th July 2016, users will have to pay to upgrade to the new operating system.
Microsoft boldly claimed Windows 10 would reach more than one billion devices worldwide within three years of its release and despite the need to reach that bold target, it now seems unlikely that they will extend the free upgrade deadline beyond the end of July.
Alex Snelson, a Windows product marketing manager at Microsoft Australia, outlined what will happen after the deadline in a post to Microsoft's Australian Partner Network:
"Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the first year. After the first year, upgrades will be paid via boxed product and VL Upgrades."
IT support companies will be under no illusions that July will certainly be a busy month with clients in a last-minute rush to upgrade their systems ahead of the deadline. In the US, Windows 10 is now on more than a fifth of all PCs, according to figures measuring the adoption of Microsoft's newest operating system. Although 20% might seem an impressive figure, it hides the fact that Windows 10 uptake has slowed considerably since the turn of the year.
In March 2016, Windows 10 reached 20.2% of US computers, but that's only a 1% increase on February's figure and only 2% more than January.
While a free upgrade is always enticing, it's quite plausible many businesses aren't choosing to upgrade because the operating system is too powerful for their existing IT infrastructure.
What are the Windows 10 system requirements?
If you're thinking of upgrading your company's computers, you'll need to ensure they meet the following specifications:
- 20GB available hard drive space (to install 64-bit version) or 10GB hard disk space (to install 32-bit version)
- 1GHz or faster computer processor
- 2GB of RAM (to run 64-bit version) or 1GB of RAM (to run 32-bit version)
- A DirectX 9-capable video card with WDDM driver
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