The clock is ticking… Upgrade to Windows 10 (Tip from the Helpdesk)

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Tick tock… says Microsoft. The July 30th deadline for the free Windows 10 upgrade is fast approaching, so if you haven’t yet, it’s now time to take the plunge. Whilst those pesky ‘upgrade to Windows 10 notifications’ will finally cease after 11 am GMT on July 30th, so will your chance to grab the upgrade free of charge. After that time, you’ll have to get Windows 10 either by buying it outright or with the purchase of a new computer that comes with it.

So what are the pros and cons you ask? Well, as far as we are concerned, there are none of the latter, as even if you upgrade and don’t like Windows 10, you can simply downgrade back to your preferred version. Within the first month of your upgrade, you can go back to your previous version of Windows by going to Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. After the first month, you can choose to restore to factory settings or reinstall an older version of Windows with your original installation media. So if you’ve been holding out because you’re concerned you wouldn’t like Windows 10, you essentially have the chance to try before you buy.

As for the pros, as Windows 10 is the latest version, it has the latest features, security updates and smoothest performance. Additionally, as it is a service, you will get new updates automatically as they are released by Microsoft, with the biggest update just on the horizon, scheduled for the 2nd of August.

Bottom line, if you are still considering, make it fast, as you only have T-4 days.

For more details on Windows 10 and on how to upgrade, check out the dedicated Microsoft site.