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Reserve Your Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft has announced that they will terminate the free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1 to Windows 10 on July 29. After that, if you want to upgrade it'll cost you $100 or $150 to upgrade.

But there is a way you can lock in your free Windows 10 upgrade and still use Windows 7. Let's be serious, if you are using Windows 8/8.1 you should have already upgraded to Windows 10.

Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Make an image backup of your computer, so if something goes wrong, you can restore you old setup.
  2. Upgrade to Windows 10.
  3. Roll back to Windows 7. When you upgrade to Windows 10, you have 30 days to decide you don't like it and go back to your previous version. After 30 days, you'll have to do a fresh install.
  4. Once you have rolled back to Windows 7, you will have initialized Windows 10 and will be able to go back to

    it for free at any time in the future.

Here's a compelling reason you should probably do this: A software vendor told a client that their latest upgrade to the line-of-business software was Windows 8 or 10 only. Obviously, they wrote it for phones, tablets and simply wrote it in app format. Windows 7 can't do apps, so you are out of luck if your favorite program gets an upgrade with features you want, but in app format only.

VCC Can Do It For You

If the steps to perform an upgrade and restoring your Windows 7 are too daunting, but you'd still like to do it, VCC will perform the upgrade and rollback for $50.

That offer doesn't include heroic measures if your computer doesn't want to swallow the upgrade, but it will work more than 90% of the time.

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