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Deadline for Windows 10
Free Upgrade

July 29, 2016 is the final day of Microsoft's offer to freely upgrade Win7 and Win8.1 computers to Win10. Beginning on July 30 upgrading a computer will cost $119 for Win10 "Home" and $199 for Win10 "Pro."
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Be aware that Win10 provides no easy way to download photos from any cellphone cameras, except for the universally disliked "Windows Phones."

Several users asked how to reverse their PC upgrade back to their earlier version of Windows.

Personally, I feel that this lack of cellphone camera compatibility is an egregious strong-arm tactic of which Microsoft should be ashamed. In all the months of Win10 hype that has come with the "free upgrade" advertising, never once have I seen it mentioned the new OS will only work with the universally disliked Windows Phone.

Here's how to return a converted Win10 PC its previous version of Win7 or Win8.1:

1. Go to Start>Settings>Update & Security>Recovery.

2. Look for the "Go back to Windows 7 or 8.1" prompt.

3. Click on "Get Started" and follow the prompts to go through the restoration process.

Please note - if you previously "cleaned up" after your Win10 installation by using the "Disk Cleanup Tool" that removed the old Windows installation files, this option will not be available.

Furthermore, this free rollback option is only available for 30 days from the date your PC was upgraded to Win10. The only remaining go-back option would be to reinstall your previous version of Windows from its original Installation disc.

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