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Windows 10 Free Upgrade On Schedule to End July 29TH 2016

If you still want to take advantage of the free upgrade offer to Windows 10, make sure you upgrade your Windows 7, Windows 8.0 or Windows 8.1 before end of July 2016.

The free upgrade offer will end on July 29 and we want to make sure you don’t miss out. After July 29th, you’ll be able to continue to get Windows 10 on a new device, or purchase a full version of Windows 10 Home for $119.
Read more at https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/05/05/windows-10-now-on-300-million-active-devices-free-upgrade-offer-to-end-soon/#eZybh584vYuFeQfJ.99

If you are still on the fence about upgrading, you have some options:

First, you could create a system image of your Windows 7 and Windows 8 installations:

Windows 7: http://www.notebooks.com/2009/10/24/how-to-backup-your-installation-of-windows-7/

Windows 8/8.1: http://techingiteasy.wordpress.com/2012/10/29/how-to-backup-your-windows-8-installation/

Perform the upgrade to Windows 10:

Users running Windows 8.0, released in 2012 or Windows 8.1 released in August 2013, you will need to use the Windows 10 ISO file to perform a manual upgrade. The Get Windows 10 app does not work on those older versions.

Ensure your computer gets the Digital Entitlement:

Start > Settings > Update & security > Activation:

Learn more about troubleshooting activation: How To troubleshoot Product Activation in Windows 10 

About Digital Entitlement:

What will happen is the hardware (your PC) will get a digital entitlement, where a unique signature of the computer will be stored on Microsoft Activation Servers. The Windows 7 Professional genuine license will be exchanged for a diagnostics key.

Anytime you need to reinstall Windows 10 on that machine, just proceed to reinstall Windows 10. It will automatically reactivate.

Backup your Windows 10 installation as a system image: warning, make sure you change the machine name before creating a system image or it will overwrite the initial system image you created for Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1

Rollback or restore your Windows 7 or Windows 8 system image (I personally recommend restoring the system image, it is so much faster)

How to: Rollback to a previous version of Windows from Windows 10

Once you rollback, you can use one of the following options to block the Get Windows 10 (GWX) app:

Option 1: How to Disable the Get Windows 10 Update GWX App Completely

Option 2: Stop the Windows 10 Upgrade with Never 10 or the GWX App Itself

If and when you decide to upgrade to Windows 10, or restore the system image you made in the future, you will be able to activate the OS. As long as you don't make any significant hardware changes such as a motherboard upgrade, Windows 10 should automatically reactivate

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Resources:

How to Prevent Automatic Upgrade to Windows 10

Instructions: What to do if your system is automatically upgraded to Windows 10?

My Thoughts on Windows 10 – 9 months later

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Andre
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MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
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