The Windows 10 free upgrade offer has ended, along with annoying nags

By Scorpus · 52 replies
Jul 29, 2016
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  1. Microsoft has ended its free upgrade offer for Windows 10 today as expected, approximately one year after the launch of the operating system.

    There's good news for users on Windows 7 and Windows 8 who didn't want to upgrade: Microsoft's persistent and annoying nags about upgrading have ceased. The prompts, and in some cases automatic upgrades to Windows 10, have been the subject of controversy, with some suggesting Microsoft has been too aggressive in its attempts to get people to upgrade.

    There's also bad news. For those that did want to upgrade but didn't get around to it, you'll now have to pay for a Windows 10 license. Microsoft is currently selling Windows 10 Home licenses for $120, while Windows 10 Pro is available for $200. OEM licenses are a little cheaper: $100 for Home, and $140 for Pro through Newegg.

    The free upgrade offer has ended just a few days before Microsoft will release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to the public. On August 2nd, this major update to Windows 10 will launch, bringing a collection of new features to the operating system.

    The Windows 10 Anniversary Update includes significant updates to Cortana, the ability to view notifications from your phone, improvements to UWP apps for gamers, browser extensions in Edge, and the introduction of the Linux bash shell for developers.

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  2. Jamlad

    Jamlad TS Booster Posts: 113   +93

    ziffel66, batsdude, DAOWAce and 4 others like this.
  3. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Booster Posts: 105   +82

    Yes. For the 365th time, I am sure I do not want to upgrade to Windows 10.
    ziffel66, Raiderman, DaveBG and 2 others like this.
  4. gingerbill

    gingerbill TS Addict Posts: 233   +59

    Would anyone be surprised if they did a " here's one more chance to upgrade'
    ziffel66, batsdude, DAOWAce and 8 others like this.
  5. Jaycomputers

    Jaycomputers TS Rookie

    It actually hasn't ended yet. Still have till today midnight I still got the notification this morning showing the hours left.
  6. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,329   +1,977

    And now just waiting for the other shoe to drop ..... some costly "subscription" requirement that will cost you $100+ per year .... or get cut off! Don't bet against it, Microsoft has tried it before .....

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,255   +454

    Good riddance!!! Unfortunately though I have a feeling gingerbill may be right on the money.
  8. Hasbean

    Hasbean TS Booster Posts: 112   +29

    Did I miss out on a free Windows 10? Surely they should have made it easier to upgrade, and why did Microsoft pull it so quickly, hardly enough time to get the upgrade done. ;-)
    Raiderman likes this.
  9. cartera

    cartera TS Evangelist Posts: 365   +113

    On a more amusing note, my best mates mobo died today lol
  10. jwdR1

    jwdR1 TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +25

    I don't trust them, they're just trying to get me to turn automatic updates back on...
    ziffel66 and DaveBG like this.
  11. Chesterfried

    Chesterfried TS Enthusiast Posts: 28

    I think this story is a bit premature if you live in the US, I fell for the marketing and upgraded last night but the free upgrade timer said that I still had 24+ hours to do so.
  12. Chesterfried

    Chesterfried TS Enthusiast Posts: 28

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Gwx DWORD value: DisableGwx = 1
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate DWORD value: DisableOSUpgrade = 1

    These have been two of my best friends for the past 12 months.
    DaveBG likes this.
  13. Gaara

    Gaara TS Booster Posts: 103   +26

    I can't believe the delete my post for just saying ( I love my windows 7 ) this site is a totally joke

    Moderator note: Your post was deleted for shouting.
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 29, 2016
  14. bluto 2050

    bluto 2050 TS Addict Posts: 270   +33

    a year is quickly ?
  15. Gaara

    Gaara TS Booster Posts: 103   +26

  16. Phr3d

    Phr3d TS Guru Posts: 404   +84

    it was likely automatic, as morons texting a paragraph or more, all CAPS, is universally irritating.
    -most- sites have that option box checked.
    aka you don't get / haven't been around much lately? I.e., it's only news to you, and not worth getting one's panties in a bunch - it's not like they made fun of you for not knowing, and yes, it is common knowledge enuf that they could have..
  17. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,182   +469

  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,973   +2,527

    Being the mischievous grumpy old fart that I am, I was sore tempted to bring this forward in all caps. But as they say, "discretion is the better part of valor":

    No SHOUTING allowed!!!
    That is, posting IN ALL CAPS or with excessive exclamation marks (!!!). It's rude and annoying, and if you do it, your post will be removed.

    Staff please note: If you see one of my posts in all caps, it's simply by virtue of my clumsiness, I often hit the "caps lock" key, along with the "A". :oops: My bad.

    (I'm kidding of course, but I do hate having to retype as much as a paragraph after finally noticing the, "look ma, one finger, two keys", blunder...)
  19. Gaara

    Gaara TS Booster Posts: 103   +26

    Do you see ( Hasbean ) comment he say ( WHAT!!!! ) why you guys have't delete hes post for " shouting "? don't you just say that ( posting IN ALL CAPS or with excessive exclamation marks (!!!). It's rude and annoying, and if you do it, your post will be removed.? ... why he post still there? I mush want answer.
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,973   +2,527

    Look, I just got here, but I bery "mush", want give you explanashun

    Four capital letters and 3 exclamation points, does not an entire post make.

    If you would have held your post to those limits it would still be there. Capishe? Comprenez vous?, ?Comprende usted?,
    Verstehst du? Вы понимаете?
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  21. ShadowDeath

    ShadowDeath TS Booster Posts: 92   +23

    *Upgrading to windows 10*
  22. adrolson

    adrolson TS Rookie

    To heck with the upgrades, it should just be free period
  23. Kevin Senecal

    Kevin Senecal TS Rookie

    Only Enterprise has that happening. If they did it to the average consumer, they know most people would drop WIndows all together and move to Linux. A lot of software developers would also move over to where the markey share is.
  24. adrolson

    adrolson TS Rookie

    I don't care , they better make it free all the time because I am not buying it, I got screwed over enough since windows 3.1, they just better settle for making money from hardware, windows and office they can stick both, Linux and libre office, both are really getting good, for what I do I can go with ether one easly
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,973   +2,527

    Here's a quick, "once upon a time story",

    M$ used to have a, "home version of Office", called, "M$ Works". It also did everything a person in the home needed to do. It was normally a bundled product, appearing at a desktop near you. So, basically, it was free. You could buy it separately however, for about 20 or 30 bucks.

    It apparently was too good, since M$ discontinued it, and we now get the entire office suite jammed down our throats, like it, need it, want it or not...:mad:

    Just in case anyone might think this is a fable:
    Raiderman likes this.

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