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by JB Burke

Q. I have Windows 7 and I like it. I keep getting a message reminding me to upgrade to Windows 10. Do I have to do that now, or can I wait until later, or never.

A. You certainly don’t have to upgrade to Windows 10 right now. When it was launched on July 29th, Microsoft promised to keep the upgrade free for one year. So it looks like you have until July 28th, 2016 to get your free upgrade. Personally I like Windows 10. I have experienced a few glitches, but nothing catastrophic. But then I play with computers a lot and I like to keep up to date. Here are a couple of items for your considerations.

First, how old is your current computer? Before you embark on an upgrade to Windows 10, you want to be sure your PC can handle it. There is a way to see if your computer can handle Windows 10. Click on the Get Windows 10 icon on the right side of your taskbar, and then click on Check your computer status. If it says you are good to go, then you can decide to either upgrade now, or later or not at all.

Over the course of its life Windows 10 itself will be upgraded with new features and functions. So if you wait until next June or July to upgrade, you should probably run the Computer Status Check again. If you wait until after the expiration date of the free upgrade offer, you will have to pay the then current cost of a Windows 10 license. Right now that is $119 for the Home version, and $199 for the Pro version.

When you next buy a new computer, it will more than likely have Windows 10 preinstalled on it. So at some point down the road you will need to upgrade yourself to Windows 10 in any case. And I expect you won’t have any trouble with it. If you like Windows 7, I believe you will also like Windows 10, perhaps even more.

Published: Courier 11/2815 - Page 6B