Microsoft Windows 10

Beware — Your free Windows 10 upgrade is going away next month

Not running Windows 10 yet? Time is running out for you to upgrade for free.

Ham radio and computers have finally jelled. And more ham radio software by far only runs on Microsoft Windows. Whether it’s a logging program, rig control or a DX cluster, you need a PC these days. You couldn’t make me want to go back to the old days.

Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer officially expires on July 29, 2016. After July 29, upgrading will cost you $119, £100 or AU$180. So if you're running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 on a laptop, desktop or tablet computer, the time to act is now.

Before you upgrade, keep these points in mind:

Your device must meet the minimum physical requirements for Windows 10.

  • You will need at least: 1GHz CPU, 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB of RAM (64-bit), 16GB (32-bit) or 20GB of open hard drive space (64-bit) and a DirectX 9-capable video card with WDDM driver.
  • You must be running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. You can check your current operating system on Microsoft’s website.
  • You must be running the latest version of your operating system. To update Windows 7, go to Start > Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update.
  • To update Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, go to Start > PC Settings > Update and recovery > Windows Update.
    Back up your computer before beginning the upgrade.

And Windows 10 from a security standpoint, though not perfect, is far more secure* than its predecessors. Don’t put this off any longer! Go for it!

*I still don’t recommend using even Microsoft’s latest web browser, Edge. Microsoft still has a lot of work to do with its web browser — even in Windows 10. Use Google Chrome, Firefox or Opera web browsers instead.