The July 29 deadline looms. Here’s what you need to know to reserve your free upgrade, even if you’re planning to stick with Windows 7 or 8.1 for now
As we count down to the end of free upgrades to Windows 10, many of you have asked if you should reserve your free upgrade by installing Windows 10 on your Windows 7 or 8.1 PC before July 29, then roll back to your original version of Windows. My short answer is probably not.
If your Windows 7 or 8.1 system works well and you don’t see anything in Windows 10 that particularly rings your chimes, there’s nothing wrong with sticking with the devil you know. Microsoft may be making it hard to keep Win7 and 8.1 machines up-to-date, but it’s still on the hook to supply security patches for Win 7 SP 1 until Jan. 14, 2020, and for Win 8.1 Update 1 until Jan. 10, 2023.