You blew it. For a whole year, you could have gotten the most advanced desktop operating system on the planet absolutely free, but now, thanks to your procrastination, you’ll have to pay for Windows 10. And (to rub salt in the wound) you’ll also be missing out on a major upgrade, known as Anniversary Update, which launches on August 2. Once you do update to Windows 10, however, all future OS updates are free, and even when you reinstall on the same hardware, you won’t need to enter a license key.
If you decide you actually do want faster startup, Cortana, Windows Hello secure sign-in, Action Center notifications, the fastest browser on all benchmarks (Microsoft Edge) and touch and pen input support, along with lots of other great new features, you’ll have to pay $119.99 for the Home edition and $199.99 for Pro.
To get started, point your Web browser to microsoft.com/windows. You can either choose to download the installation software or have a USB thumb drive sent to you. If you are a system builder or a Mac user wanting to install Windows using Boot Camp, the Windows 10 USB installer makes more sense. You can get it via the online Microsoft Store or at an actual Microsoft Store if you live near oneand don’t want to wait for shipping. The price is the same either way. You can pay with credit card or PayPal.