Windows 10 Update?

Dear Computer Lady,

I didn’t sign up for Windows 10 update during the “free download” period. Is it necessary for me to have it? If so, is there a way for me to get it for free?

Thank you, Gail

Dear Gail,

No, it is not necessary for you to have Windows 10 on your computer. The operating system you have now will probably be good for the life of that computer. (Remember, the average computer now lasts about 5 years)

When you replace this computer, your next computer will come with Windows 10 installed.

According to Microsoft, the free upgrade offer has ended, and you will now have to pay for Windows 10. The price on their website is $119.99



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