Last year Microsoft released the latest iteration of their operating system, Windows 10. Over 300 million people have already taken up the offer of a free upgrade, but like all things free… There’s a catch. On July 29th, this upgrade will no longer be available for users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs, you’ll have to buy Windows 10 Home from Microsoft for £99 (or more if you require Windows 10 Pro). So what does this mean for you?

This means you still have plenty of time to try Windows 10 before it’s too late!

We have a fully up-to-date demo PC that you’re more than welcome to come and have a play on.

If you decide you like what you see, we can offer to “supervise” your upgrade for a small fee of £55. For this, we’ll check your computer for any potential issues it may have with Windows 10, and in the (somewhat rare but very plausible) occurrence of something going wrong, we will be able to immediately put it right for you. We’ll also apply around 10 small tweaks and give you a 30 minute guidance session to run through the basics and answer any other questions before you go. You can read more about our simple upgrade service here: https://simple-pcs.co.uk/home-users/services/windows-upgrades

For users of Windows 7, your extended support date is only until January 2020. After this, your PC will no longer receive updates from Microsoft and will not be safe to use on the internet. We recommend you consider upgrading now to avoid having to pay for it in just a few years time. Windows 8 users will continue to receive updates until January 2023, which is likely to be far beyond the expected life of your device.

If your current copy of Windows is *ahem* ‘pirated’ *cough*, you will not be able to upgrade for free and doing so may land you in a tricky situation whereby your PC will realise this and begin to prompt you frequently to purchase “genuine Microsoft software”. We can help you make your software legal again and give you advice on the next steps.

Finally, the most important nugget of info we’d like to get across is that if your computer is fairly old (2+ years) and has never had it’s hard drive replaced, you must backup your device before attempting the upgrade as doing so has the potential to stop your hard drive from working if it is already beginning to fail. Hard drives are mechanical and so unfortunately have a fairly short shelf life before their performance starts to deteriorate. We can check your drive for free in our shop in just a few minutes if you would like to know how healthy it is.

If you need help with Windows 10 upgrades (or any other issue), please feel free to get in touch. Visit our Contact Page or come and meet the team in our shop.

Alfie