It appears, from the number of searches that are being made on Google on the issue, that many people who previously wanted to have nothing to do with Windows 10 have suddenly changed their minds. There are, of course, some of us who are always reticent when it comes to the adoption of new things. There are also some who will spend days queuing in line to be the first ones to get their hands on that new iPhone or that new game, but that is a story for another day. Anyway, if you are one of those people who previously refused to have your computer updated to the latest version of Windows, you may be wondering whether or not it is possible to make the upgrade free of charge now.
Windows 10 was offered free of charge
The upgrade to Windows 10 was made free of charge till the 29th of July 2016. It was available to anyone who had a genuine version of Windows, which could be the reason why you missed out. If your computer was running on a pirated version of Windows, then there was no way for you to make the upgrade to Windows 10 without purchasing a new license.
Can you download Windows 10 free of charge now?
The answer to this question is no! You can no longer upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge at this juncture. That boat sailed a long while back. If you want to have a (genuine) version of Windows now, you actually need to buy a license.
Can you really, really not download Windows 10 for Free at the moment?
Of course, the digital world is a never say never world. You can download a “free,” copy of Windows 10 at the moment from pirate bay or some other pirate site. However, this is something that we strongly recommend against. What you don’t want to do is expose yourself to malware by having a less than genuine version of Windows 10.
Should you opt for the pirated versions of Windows, you will also discover that you may not be able to receive new updates for your PC. This further exposes you and your data to attacks. You will also keep getting those annoying messages from Microsoft telling your that your version of Windows is not genuine. Again, something that you wish to avoid.
How much is a Windows 10 license?
If you missed out on getting the Windows 10 download free of charge, then you will have to fork out amounts that range from $139 for the Windows 10 home version in order to make the upgrade. This may seem expensive, but getting a genuine version of Windows will protect you in the long run.