Microsoft says free Win10 offer will expire-$119 after July 29

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by dpeters11, May 5, 2016.

  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I think it's free for semi selfish reasons. They are sick and tired of keeping multiple OS es updated constantly! And I agree it's ridiculous. They are going the apple route. Get everyone on one system for free and give away its updates. They can simplify a lot of things do it that way.

    And they want people to know it's free and some have said they did a poor job getting people to update for free so they are pushing it more.

    And it's broke! Windows 7 and 8 and 8.1 are always broke a minute after its updated and needs another update. That's for security alone. Same for 10 but 10 will be updated forever. The others won't.

    I can't believe the number of people who won't take something for free (looking at overall numbers) or at least try it on their machines. Especially now after its been out a while.
  2. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    But, unlike Apple, Microsoft tells you years in advance when updates for a version stops. Apple just...stops. Their recent Quicktime announcement caught everyone off guard. I don't know if we'd have found out if the security researchers hadn't asked for an update to the vulnerabilities they'd reported months before.

    Even Apple users don't always update. I got a call from a user needing to get Microsoft's RDP app. Unfortunately, it requires either Lion or Mountain Lion. Don't think he's still done the update, several weeks later.

    The problem with Windows 10 is there is a lot of fearmongering. I actually responded to a Forbes article writer that wrote about "all the spying", he based his whole article on someone referred to as "Cheesus Crust" on a site similar to Reddit. It sounded like he didn't know what he was looking at, some of the traffic he called "telemetry and spying" were NTP and NCSI traffic.
  3. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2003
    8.1 encouraged me to try 10. I like 7 and hate 8.1. I could not roll back my 8.1 machine to 7 so it is the Win 10 device. I still have not decided if I will update my Win 7 machine before the deadline. So far I am not being forced to upgrade.

    The story at work is different ... too many pieces of vendor software that is not certified for Windows 10. Sure, run it on 10 if you want - but if it doesn't work the first thing tech support will blame is Win 10. But most vendors are moving forward with Win 10 certified versions and there is a plan to update all of the machines to Win 10 before Win 7 dies.

    The licensing at work is different as well. Those machines are already on a license that will allow an upgrade to Win 10 whenever we are ready (no deadline this year). But the privilege comes at a price - the support contract. But overall it is a good deal.
  4. Delroy E Walleye

    Delroy E Walleye AllStar

    Jun 9, 2012
    Thanks, guys, for the responses.

    I'm on Win 7 (Home Premium) and like it - as much as one can like Windows, I guess. I'm probably less-concerned about the "spyware" aspect and more skittish about something going wrong and having this machine, software and/or peripherals "bricked."

    Or worse, down the line the OS getting "bloated" - like some of our favorite sat. providers' DVR software. (How many of us have wished we could've "rolled" those things "back?!")

    I'll probably "break down" before the deadline and give it a try. Not without backing up everything first, of course (before and after, as suggested by a user here). Hopefully by that time drivers and things can be found easily - if not automatically.

    I just don't like feeling of being "forced," especially in the middle of working on other tasks. While I've been long aware of the deadline, I'd like the choice of doing it when I'm good and ready.
  5. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz New Texan

    Mar 23, 2002
    My advice.... if you are using Windows 8 or 8.1, you really ought to upgrade to Windows 10. If you are using Windows 7, I would consider it since we are into the "extended support" phase where only security patches will be issued. The big piece of advice is to perform the upgrade before July 29th, and dedicate a day to it. (Hey, Fourth of July weekend is coming up!). I fully recommend making a full drive image backup with either Acronis True Image or Paragon backup (free) to an external hard drive before doing the upgrade. Also, check to see if you have the latest version of the software for all of the applications as well as applying all of the patches.
  6. Eva

    Eva Active Member

    Nov 8, 2013
    Maybe no more nagging to upgrade after July.
  7. DN2014

    DN2014 New Member

    Mar 29, 2014
    Midwest USA
    I have put windows 10 in 5 of my 7 computers and it has worked flawless on all of them. 32 and 64 bit, 3 GB to 64 GB.
    The other two computers are working their way to the scrap pile with windows 7 on them.

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