Windows computers users may well have got used to ignoring a pop-up notification advising them to upgrade to Windows 10, but time is now running out for genuine licensed software owners to upgrade for free.

Microsoft has now revealed the price to upgrade to their most modern operating system once the qualifying period for upgrades is over, and if you don´t upgrade before 29th July you will face a cost of around 100 euro for the basic software package, as well as the potential cost of getting an engineer to help you upgrade.

Windows 10 was launched last year and has so far been installed on over 300 million devices, largely due to Microsoft´s offer to customers running genuine copies of Windows  7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 the chance to upgrade to the latest operating system for free.

Now, Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President for Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft has made it quite clear that “Time is running out”, issuing a video explaining how “The free upgrade offer will end on July 29th and we want to make sure you don’t miss out.”

After the expiry date on the offer has been reached, Microsoft will charge you $119 – or £99 – for a full version of Windows 10 Home, whereas Windows 10 Pro will set you back $199 or £130.

You can of course carry out the upgrade yourself right now for free by downloading a helpful tool from Microsoft which guides you through the set up process. Before doing so, you probably want to make sure that you have backed up all of your software, documents, photographs, in fact everything you might not want to risk losing, in case anything goes wrong during the installation. In most cases, nothing does go wrong, but it is better to be safe than sorry when you consider what you might lose.

You may need to enlist the help of an expert with the back-ups and upgrade process. The engineer can not only ensure that your data is protected, they can install your free upgrade and even give your computer a software and physical spring clean, especially important as we approach the summer.


If you have any doubts, contact the guys at The Computer Shop in San Luis (opposite the Chicken Shack) where the qualified Microsoft engineers have been installing Windows 10 on machines since last year. Just call 966 262 830 or email and they can look at your computer and instantly recommend a personalised course of action to ensure your computing stays trouble free. But do it today, as, in the words of Microsoft, time really is running out!


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