The short answer, you don't have to do anything! NOTHING is required of you. Keep on keepin' on as they say. If you wish anyway.
You can upgrade when you want to and NOT when Microsoft says or 'recommends'. You have until July 28, 2016 to upgrade to Windows 10 for FREE as long as you have Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1. If you are not ready now, stay where you are.
In October of last year, Microsoft shared that they were increasing the intensity of encouraging folks to upgrade to Windows 10.
Previously, if you had Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 you would see a small Windows icon in the lower right portion of the Task Bar where you could click to 'reserve' your Free Windows 10 upgrade. Easy, right?
As Microsoft promised, the 'reservation' stage is moving to the 'recommended' stage starting February 1.
Full disclosure here, I have already upgraded the three computers in my household to Windows 10 and am quite happy. The upgrade was not without complaints but the upgrades were done in August of last year and have calmly survived the process.
In fact, many friends and relatives my age and older have upgraded and all of survived fine.
Purchasing a new computer with Windows 10 is terrific. It works well with any of the new PCs now and there are a lot of them.
Below are some very good articles describing this 'recommended' phase for Windows 10 Upgrading.
Microsoft startspushing Windows 10 as a 'recommended' update by Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet
Windows 10 is now a'recommended' update for Windows 7 and 8.1 users by Dan Thorp-Lancaster of Windows Central
Windows 10 Becomes aRecommended Update on Windows 7 and 8.1 by Paul Thurrott of Thurott.com
Do you have stories to share about your upgrade to Windows 10? Write a comment below. Thanks!
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