Should you upgrade to Windows 10 for free? Here's what you should know

Friday is the last full day to get Windows 10 for free. Here's why you should -- or shouldn't -- take advantage of Microsoft's upgrade deal.

Sean Hollister Senior Editor / Reviews
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
Sean Hollister
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Watch this: Major Windows 10 update coming August 2

After Friday, Windows 10 is going to cost over a hundred dollars*. So you only have one more day** to decide whether you're getting it for free.

Should you upgrade?

Personally, I'm a huge fan of Windows 10. I've been using it non-stop on all my computers for an entire year, and I've never looked back. But it's not perfect. There are plenty of reasons to upgrade, and a fair share of reasons to avoid it. Here's my take on why upgrading is worthwhile -- or not.

Windows 10's best features

Even the new Microsoft Edge browser is nice to have, particularly now that it's getting third-party extensions in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (coming August 2). I'm also looking forward to having my Android phone's notifications pop up on my Windows desktop.

Watch this: Major Windows 10 update coming August 2

Where Windows 10 falls short

There's a pretty short list of things I don't like about Windows 10, and you can disable most of them -- such as Cortana's tendency to collect your personal info, and the way Microsoft turns your computer into a file-sharing hub for other Windows 10 users.

  • My biggest annoyance is how Windows 10 won't let you opt out of system updates, which -- like previous versions of Windows -- can automatically happen at the most inconvenient times. I've had it kick me out of an active game of Overwatch, and reboot in the middle of writing an article.
  • It's a little harder to find where some of the system settings are located. Here's a guide.
  • Windows 10 doesn't have Media Center anymore, and it won't natively play DVDs unless you pay an extra $15...but that's what my PlayStation is for.

The bottom line

Here's how to get Windows 10 for free.

*Windows 10 will cost $119, £100 or AU$180 for the basic Home Edition.

**The free Windows 10 upgrade offer is good until July 29 at 11:59 p.m. UTC-10, which means Hawaii can wait till the stroke of midnight, while the rest of the US has till the wee hours of July 30th, the UK can technically wait till 10:59 a.m. and Australia has until early evening.

***One woman successfully won a $10,000 judgement against Microsoft after Windows 10 allegedly crippled her computer.