Windows 10 is growing in popularity and is now running on 500 million active devices worldwide. To encourage upgrades, Microsoft offered it as a free upgrade for a year - but that date has long passed, on July 29, 2016 to be exact.
Those who missed out will now have to pay for the upgrade instead.
How much does Windows 10 cost?
The pricing shouldn’t come as a shock – Microsoft was very clear that the free period would only last a year.
Can I still get Windows 10 for free?
There used to be a few loopholes that would allow users to get Windows 10 for free after the cut-off date.
Windows 10 was still available for free for users of assistive technologies, but since December 2017 that loophole has also been closed.
The company's page now reads: "Thank you for your interest in Windows 10. The free upgrade offer extension for Windows 7 and Windows 8 customers who use assistive technologies expired on December 31, 2017. As an alternative, Windows 10 software and devices are available for purchase from retail and online stores. In case you have other questions, we are providing some references to resources and frequently asked questions regarding assistive technologies and Windows 10 that might be of interest."
According to NetMarketShare, Windows 7 remains the most popular operating system on PC, with 44.81% of the market share in February 2018. WIndows 10 is slowly increasing but still comes in second with 28.19%.
If you haven’t upgraded to Windows - perhaps you have concerns, or you just don’t like change - check out the video below.
Should I upgrade to Windows 10 if I have Windows XP?
If you are running Windows XP, when you factor in the cost of the new OS, it’s worth considering a new machine altogether. Read more in our article: Why you should upgrade from Windows XP sooner rather than later.