Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer Expires This Friday - Should You Upgrade?

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 12:54 PM
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Microsoft’s year-long Windows 10 upgrade offer is almost at an end. From July 29th onwards, if you want to download and use Microsoft’s latest operating system you will have to pay out $119/£99 for an official Home copy, or $199 / £130 for the Pro edition. Of course you probably all know this by now thanks to Microsoft’s constant notifications and the in-your-face countdown timer, or you've already had Windows 10 install itself without you even giving it permission.

So the big takeaway now is - if you want Windows 10 you need to install it within the next 48 or so hours. After that you’re stuck with Windows 7 or Windows 8, and will perhaps have to shell out cash for an upgrade at a later point.

The biggest question now then for those still hanging on is ‘should you?’. That’s something only you can answer, but here’s a look at the pros and cons.

Benefits of Windows 10

DirectX 12 - The only way to make use of DirectX 12 is to have Windows 10 installed. Microsoft has locked the graphics API behind its OS, so when any DirectX 12 only games come out, you won’t be able to play them at all unless you have a Windows 10 installation. Frustratingly the benefit of DX12 is extremely limited at the moment, although this could change with future titles.

Exclusives - Windows 10 exclusive games are already proliferating. Forza Motorsport 6, Quantum Break, Gears of War 4 to name just a few, and in fact each and every first-party Microsoft game is only playable on Windows 10.

Security - Windows 10 is the latest OS from Microsoft. As such it’s receiving the most attention from its house team of software engineers. Should any security flaws be found they will (hopefully) be fixed very quickly.

Compatibility - After the free Windows 10 upgrade period, there are hundreds of millions of PCs with W10 already installed. Hardware manufacturers and software developers are going to increasingly target support towards Windows 10 rather than legacy operating systems. You may run into more and more problems further down the line.

It’s not Windows 8 - If you’re running Windows 8, the almost unavoidable truth is that you’re better off with Windows 10. W8 was a significant downgrade from the functionality of Windows 7, and this upgrade offer is basically a get out of jail free card. Ditch it and move on.

Works with mobile Windows devices - If you have a Windows Phone, tablet, Surface Pro etc, Windows 10 can seamlessly interact with it. While the classic Start Bar and Start Menu are available for desktop users, this can be ditched for a title interface on touch devices. Apps bought from the Windows Store are shared across devices, making Windows 10 a one size fits all solution.

Cons of Windows 10

Privacy - Windows 10 is a data harvesting nightmare. Give it an install and you’ll have to go through several laborious steps to (theoretically) ensure Microsoft isn’t tracking your every move and selling the details to the highest bidder. I have personally had these settings reset on me without my knowledge, so if it’s something that bothers you, you will have to remain vigilant.

Bugginess - A lot of people have semi-jokingly suggested they’d wait until the year was over and all the early adopters had beta tested Windows 10. That is basically the case though. For the past year Windows 10 users have been identifying flaws and kinks for Microsoft to fix. This is still a relatively new product however and there are still plenty of issues ongoing. All my native Windows apps aren’t working for example, including my trusty Calculator.

UWP Apps - Much has been said of UWP apps, and not much of it’s good. Universal Windows Platform apps are a move away from traditional win32 applications, and many see as the beginnings of a walled garden approach to Windows 10. Epic co-founder Tim Sweeney has a vocal critic of UWP apps and he’s not alone. They aren’t moddable, they lack basic feature sets, there is no interoperability between UWP apps, and the entire ecosystem is design to just line Microsoft’s already bulging pockets.

Some software just doesn’t work - While the occasions are few and far between, some older software just doesn’t work on Windows 10. My only issue with this so far has been with DS4 Windows. Windows 10 now sometimes detects my PS4 controller as double inputs, rendering certain games unplayable with Sony’s controller.

Lack of control - With Windows 10, Microsoft has essentially stripped the standard user of having any control over Windows updates. This is all handled behind the scenes. In truth most of us know nothing about what Microsoft is actually doing here, and I doubt many of us take time to read the extensive patch notes. If you’re feeling adventurous there are things which can be done to restrict updates, but then Microsoft freezes you out of accessing the Windows Store. It’s all part of Windows as a service and when you install Windows 10, you are handing over control to Microsoft.

The choice, as ever, is yours. But you haven’t got long to make it, with less than two days to go until that free upgrade offer is null and void.

Have you or are you upgrading to Windows 10?

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05:59 Aug-03-2016

I have upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows XP 64bit and it's just like they said!
Faster, much lighter, more seamless, better looking and more stable system. Never going back to Win10 :)))

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11:30 Aug-03-2016

Really you'll have restrictions because a lot of games don't work with Windows XP

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16:41 Aug-03-2016

And a lot of games work only with Windows XP or older!


I thought running dual and triple boots is now common thing.
Who said it's the only OS I'm running? ;)

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17:57 Aug-03-2016

Well you didn't say you have two Windows systems installed and i never install two operating systems i did it once and i hate it ;)

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21:24 Aug-03-2016

Yes I didn't say I have two Windows installed, because I have more than two.
Actually it's 7 different OSes across 6 machines, total of about 19 installs.

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22:26 Aug-03-2016

Damn son You have a lot of windows ;)

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05:11 Jul-31-2016

don't care

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19:29 Jul-30-2016

Rolling with Windows 10 for like 5 months and i havent had any problems so far

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23:08 Jul-29-2016

Nope still rolling here with my Windows 7 because my new PC parts ain't gonna be here until the next two months fiick

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10:41 Jul-29-2016

I'm sticking with W7 as long as it's supported. In the mean time I'm looking into SteamOS and how I can make that work. I'll probably need to virtualize some version of windows so that I can run all the programs I need, but it's looking more and more like a worth while effort.


I just wish there was another 'good' OS out there, capable of running everything. I'm hoping steam will make that push

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01:30 Jul-29-2016

I will never put Windows 10 on my current rig because it is running so well as is on Windows 7, & I see no reason to risk ruining that. I will put Windows 10 on my next system though, but that will be a completely new computer or laptop depending on which I decide to get.

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00:14 Jul-29-2016

I did a fresh install of Win10 on my brand new laptop.
It was ok in begining, but after few weeks its slow , slow in opening explorer programs etc.
Tried defragmenting, cleaning nothing helps.
No new updates also-
I really like OS, menis and stuff, but too its too slow its really annoying.
Any advices ?

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00:16 Jul-29-2016

I wanted to try win7 but for some reason it wont install, solution i found is to update bios, but i already have newest one.
I also plan to add another 4GBs of ram in few months, but i doubt 4 isnt enough for good work and decent speed of normal usage browsing, music etc
Btw i can play GTA V with around 30fps on low.

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00:55 Jul-29-2016

My only bit of advice is to install win10 on an ssd. That's the cheapest way to get better performance without just upgrading parts.

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16:01 Jul-31-2016

Thanks mate, but i was looking for software solution.
ATM i dont really have money to buy SSD, maybe in few months, to much obligations now.

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21:22 Jul-28-2016

Installed Windows 10 on my Alienware m17x R4 with the latest NVIDIA drivers and it screwed up my LCD and had to be replaced.

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22:36 Jul-28-2016

I never heard of hardware damaged by OS by driver is possible well they even have a warning of some kind.

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00:04 Jul-29-2016

Hardware can be damaged by software. These are super viruses out there that earn the name "super" by doing this. However, the OS should not be able to damage the monitor.

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01:32 Jul-29-2016

It was a real thing that did get resolved later, but many people using Alienware laptops did suffer a ruined display.

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21:10 Jul-28-2016

What if I use different drive (SSD) for OS and HDD for personal data ? Still they gonna sneak into HDD ?

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22:01 Jul-28-2016

Yes. They access everything. By downloading Windows 10, you accept the UA, giving them permission to access everything in your computer. Everything, but it doesn't end there. They access your phone. One day I found all my phone text messages with my email, taken straight from my phone, done by accessing my phone thru their email app on a BlackBerry without permission & I have Windows 8.1. That's how invasive they are.

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18:33 Jul-28-2016

http://prntscr.com/bypnkt what should i say? its on 99% since yesterday...

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18:37 Jul-28-2016

It's stuck for sure!

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20:59 Jul-28-2016

and it aint going up (since 80% its going up by 1% so slow)

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17:33 Jul-28-2016

"Microsoft freezes you out of accessing the Windows Store" TBH for the three years that I've had Windows 8 I've never used the Windows Store even once so I couldn't care less about that...

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15:19 Jul-28-2016

Windows 10 ain't buggy. I use it for a long time, no issues at all. That was probably &#60 .164 , i have .494 , no issues at all.

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11:14 Jul-28-2016

I have upgraded to win 10 but is running slower than win 8.1 , after a few hours on it i have decided to go back with win 8 :D !

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11:46 Jul-28-2016

Very Good decision

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07:41 Jul-28-2016

No need for Windows 10. With modern hardware, all you need is Vulkan and Windows 8.1

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11:51 Jul-28-2016

Doom with Vulkan is all I need. win10 DX12 is not what I need. I think there should be a game made with opengl/vulkan/dx??/dx12 to show which is better. Though that may never happen.

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04:26 Jul-28-2016

good riddence

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02:10 Jul-28-2016

I'll just be happy to no longer see those ridiculous full screen popups when I'm at work!

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00:13 Jul-28-2016

Funny how some people just won't get that BETA stage out of their mind.. I can't see why would anyone hesitate to upgrade.

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22:51 Jul-27-2016

I'm waiting until more options/patches become available for W10 - I'm planning a big upgrade anyway, what with the RX 480 out and another console gen looming over the horizon (shocker there), I figure I'll have to upgrade everything; so I'll wait to see how it all plays out.


And instead of upgrading just build a new rig; keep the new one for gaming, keep the old one for all my porn and stuff :)

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22:34 Jul-27-2016

Resistance is futile! I surrender.

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21:59 Jul-27-2016

It's simple, if you're not doing ANYTHING illegal and want the best from your hardware AND some pretty great looking console titles, UPGRADE! If you're just doing this out of protest without cause just because it's cool you're an idiot!

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22:27 Jul-27-2016

it's simple but not like that it's only about time u either have upgraded to windows 10 or u are going to upgrade to it unless u are gonna wait for like 4 years or more for the next OS.

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