When Microsoft First released Windows 10, it was almost impossible to avoid. In an attempt to get as many Windows users running their latest and greatest operating system, Microsoft were offering the upgrade to Windows 10 for free. At least that is, for users of their older versions of Windows such as 7 or 8.
But that was then.
The free upgrade offer has now “officially” ended. If you didn’t take the Windows 10 plunge then, you’ll now have to pay for the privilege… Or will you?
Although I’ve been unable to confirm this myself, as I don’t currently have access to any Windows 7 machines, there are still reports that users upgrading from a activated version of Windows 7 have found that after the upgrade, their Windows 10 is fully activated too. Even if that isn’t always the case, currently Microsoft are still allowing non-activated copies of Windows 10 to run with no time limits or major limitations other than being unable to change the “Personalise” options such as changing themes etc.
Now, if you manage to get Windows 10 for free or not, the bottom line is that it’s actually a great operating system. Yes, it’s true that if you are transitioning from XP, 7 or 8, there will be a short period of time of acclimatising to the new OS, but it’s not radically different, especially for those of us who use screen readers. Now that Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7, you can listen to that discussion here, it may be time to start thinking about updating.
If you are running an older version of Windows or have a computer with no operating system at all, then in this series of How To guides I will firstly show you how to get Windows 10, then go through the installation or upgrade process and finally, run through the setup stage and some of the basics of the Windows 10 operating system.
Let’s start at the very beginning with how to download the latest version of Windows 10 and create a bootable USB pen drive or DVD. With this you can install Windows 10 on any PC, either from scratch or upgrading an older version of Windows.
Co-host & audio producer on the Double Tap Canada radio show. Occasional contributor to Double Tap TV, full time shed resident.