We’ve known since Windows 10 officially delivered to consumers on July 29, 2015 that the upgrade was free for only a year and Microsoft has recently taken time to reiterate that. Those who have chosen not to upgrade during the free period have been publicly wondering what the retirement of the free upgrade really means.
Some have suggested that Microsoft will extend the free upgrade – but many say no, that just won’t happen because if Microsoft extends the deal it will set a bad precedent. After July 29, consumers will will only be able to get Windows 10 if they purchase a new PC or pay $119.
A couple of the bigger questions, though, is around the upgrade nag and the files that silently download in the background to enable the upgrade. Microsoft has now said that, while they are still working on the details of how and exactly when it will happen…
…the Get Windows 10 app that facilitates the easy upgrade to Windows 10 will be disabled and eventually removed from PCs worldwide.
As to whether or not the upgrade files will automatically be removed, they’ll likely need to be removed manually. Guidance should be made available.