If you have yet to upgrade your old PC to Windows 10, now appears to be a good time to do so: the free upgrade offer will end on July 29, and doing so before the deadline will allow you to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update starting August 2 (Microsoft previously announced that the update will be released in waves, similarly to the initial Windows 10 release in summer 2015).
In the meantime, if you’re still running Windows 7/ Windows 8.1 and did not decline the free upgrade offer since Microsoft finally allowed users to do it following months of complaints, you may have spotted that Microsoft’s “Get Windows 10 program” may have slightly changed over the the last few days. According to a new report from Neowin, the shortcut to the GWX program in your Windows system tray now displays a yellow alert icon over the Windows logo. The upgrade prompt has been updated as well and now displays a countdown to July 29, you can see a screenshot of it below courtesy of Neowin:
While Microsoft already claims that 350 million devices are currently running Windows 10, the company may still hope that this new upgrade prompt finally pushes the last remaining Windows 10 opponents to give it a try (remember, you will still have 30 days to roll back to your previous Windows version). If you don’t upgrade before July 29, then the GWX program is expected to disappear from all eligible PCs following the end of the deadline. However, if you change your mind about Windows 10 after July 29, upgrading your PC will cost you: a Windows 10 Home license runs for $119.99 (plus tax) and Windows 10 Pro runs for $199.99 (plus tax).
If you’re still considering upgrading your PC, we invite you to read our top 9 reasons to upgrade to the new operating system. Additionally, let us remind you that if you live in the US or Canada, you can bring your old PC to an Answer Desk at a Microsoft Store and the employees will take care of the upgrade process for your for free. Even better, if your old computer could not be upgraded before the end of the day, then you will be offered a free Dell Inspiron 15 laptop.Further reading: GWX Control Panel, Microsoft, Windows 10, Windows 10 update