What, you thought that free upgrades to Windows 10 ended on July 29, 2016?
That might be what Microsoft would like you to think, but actually you can upgrade to the new OS for free as easily now as you could before the 'official' free period ended.
Should you avoid the upgrade, we can take a trip to the Windows end of life page to see how long other versions will keep kicking.
Windows 8.1 will be in mainstream support until January 2018, and will continue to receive security updates in extended support until January 2023.
That was one of the biggest announcements at the Build Developer Conference. Windows 8.1 users are eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10.
All you have to do is go to the Download Windows 10 page, click the "Download tool now" button and run the Media Creation Tool.
After July 29, Windows 7 and 8.1 users will no longer be eligible to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
If you’ve decided that you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 10, no matter what, you can ignore the warnings from Microsoft and stay on your current operating system (OS). Let’s take a quick look at what will happen to the various flavors of Windows after the end of July.
In the interest of research, I've been digging into message boards and forums run by unabashed Windows enthusiasts who are intent on breaking Microsoft's activation technology.
I've had these forums bookmarked for years and stop in every once in a while just to see what's new.