Windows 10 will cost $119 from July 29

Windows 10

If you haven't upgraded to Windows 10 for free by the end of July, it'll cost you $119 when you finally do take the plunge. 

Save yourself some money by checking out our list of the best free PC games.

If you're still undecided about Windows 10, now might be the time to switch across, as it'll cost a fair sum in a couple of months. You could always grab it for free and revert if you don't like it. 

I've been using Windows 10 since launch and haven't had any issues personally, and there are 300 million other people using the operating system. If you look at Steam stats, you'll see it's quite popular with gamers, no doubt because of those sweet, sweet DirectX 12 promises.

Here's a video of Microsoft's Bryan Roper explaining why you should get it while it's free.

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Hopefully the OS doesn't carry on sneakily installing itself onto PCs once it goes premium, though, as I can't see that ending well. Only recently was Windows 10 caught red-handed installing itself during a popular Counter-Strike livestream. Naughty. 

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Will you be switching across before it goes premium? Have you already gone for it? Let us know all your Windows 10 thoughts in the comments.

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subedii Avatar
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1 Year ago

Honestly? The W10 shenanigans are what influenced me to finally take the plunge and make a serious go of testing Linux. Generally:

Downsides:

- Not as much game support (naturally)

- Can still run into the odd quirky error

Upsides:

- The user is pretty much in complete control of the OS, which amongst other things means no spyware, no endless nagging, and no forced updates.

- Ridiculously customisable. Don't like the GUI? Tweak it or swap it out for something else altogether.

Probably a tonne of stuff I'm forgetting from both lists. Overall though I've been pretty impressed in how far Linux has come in just the past few years when it comes to gaming.

I think if you're primarily an indie gamer like me, and never had much truck with your Assassin's Creed's and CoD's (never really got into either of those series), I'd say it's actually well worth the plunge.

Otherwise, might be worth waiting a little longer. General support from the more major studios is coming, but it's not all there yet. On the indie side however, there's a tonne of support.

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Anakhoresis(3 days played)
1 Year ago

I've tried it a few times and just never works out to me. Never 'feels' quite right, the UIs are generally too unfamiliar (I often get the feeling that they do things differently just to be different, not better), and software support of course.

Someday, maybe!

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1 Year ago

Linux Mint, et al. It's Linux designed to feel similar to Windows 7. An antithesis to Ubuntu doing its own, crazy thing.

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Anakhoresis(3 days played)
1 Year ago

Tried it, didn't like it. Also part of what I mean by feel is literally clicking has never felt right. Maybe like there's the slightest delay or something.

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1 Year ago

Ugh, I do not want 10. At the same time, I have to use windows, and I probably will need to stay current for a while. I sure as hell do not want to pay for windows 10 so I guess I will bite the bullet in a month or so. God I hate this.

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1 Year ago

Or... Wait for Vulkan! Honestly? Windows 10 is such a fustercluck that it'll ruin you ten times over. That's the whole point of the 10 in the name, I think.

I've heard of so many issues as well with old games. If you ever play games from before around '08, just forget that in Windows 10.

From my perspective? It's really not worth it at all.

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1 Year ago

I don't have much of an option. I use my PC for both games and work things and I will need to update eventually as a result. I am not sure how Vulkan changes anything anyway, it's already out, but it's just an API?

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1 Year ago

Okai but more importantly, how much does it cost to downgrade to Win7?

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Anakhoresis(3 days played)
1 Year ago

I would upgrade if my laptop would let me! Such a pain, always reverses in the middle of the install. Desktop has it though, no problems.

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1 Year ago

Oh stop whining and install the damn thing, it's a good OS. I've been using it since it launched and never had an issue. Yes, there are some privacy concerns and you might want to disable some related "features", but it's not exactly rocket science. What you'll get is a modern, good looking, solid operating system that is superior to Windows 7/8.1.

Linux is fine and I use it daily, but unfortunately doesn't work very as well as Windows for games.

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1 Year ago

And what you're not telling people is Microsoft's new attitude towards 'cloud computing.' They want to go in the direction of Apple, and they've been edging ever closer to forcing updates onto your computer with each revision of Windows. The only way to stop automatic updates currently is to tell Windows that you're on a metered connection, and they could revoke that at any time.

The update system of Windows 7 is built differently, and if you don't allow any updates to that update system then they can't revoke your ability to pick and choose the updates you install. Consider how many updates there have been in the past few months which have caused blue screens for people (here's a clue, it's in the double digits), and consider how many updates have not only privacy but security concerns as well.

It's just not a sane choice to upgrade to Windows 10, yet. Sure, if you want a status symbol, you want to maintain the status quo because you're conscientious about your self-image and you want to do whatever everyone else is doing so you won't look like a freak, then fine. But if you can actually think for yourself? Microsoft's shady shenanigans of late are more than enough reason to give one pause and have some very reasonable caution.

The update/stability/privacy/security shenanigans are why there's a Microsoft Update Defcon website in existence, run by a tech guru:

http://www.askwoody.com/ms-defcon-system/

Upgrading to Windows 10 is gleefully throwing away your right to choice. The fact is (and it is indeed a fact) that Microsoft have removed choices the user could have in prior versions of Windows. Epic and Valve have both complained about it, as have Valve.

Look, for example, how ridiculously hard it is to uninstall the Windows Store (a feature most gamers just won't want):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWaDfHwdwQM

And they could revoke that at any time, too. I think that the fact that you can do it in this hackish way was, frankly, unintentional. Windows 10 is a number of big leaps towards an Apple styled walled garden.

And if I were wrong, I wouldn't have people at Valve and Epic nodding along and agreeing with me, would I?

For a smart person, there is reason for concern.

Blind faith is never clever.

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Aever Avatar
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1 Year ago

Microsoft has always been full of s**t, trying to go on the Apple road of a controlled system for a few years now. Honestly, if they want that to happen then it will, regardless of our opinion on the matter. Sadly, that's how it works.

However, regardless of what their master plan is for the near future, Windows 10 isn't there yet. With the exception of the privacy sensitive options, there is nothing in there that bugs me in any way right now. The store is there, yes. Have I been asked to open it even once? No. So why bother with it? Windows has been full of software that no one wants since forever.

Valve is a bad example to give since they have a massive interest in avoiding a direct competitor that just happens to also own the operating system they do most of their business on. This is basically Microsoft trying to get a piece of the pie that Valve has been feasting on for years. Btw, doesn't Valve's monopoly bother you? Out of curiosity, how is Valve better than Microsoft?

Anyways, I chose to pick my OS based on technical reasons. Technically, is it a good OS? Yes. It's possible that the whole Windows eco-system is going down the drain that Apple has created with their stupid closed systems, but it's not there yet.

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1 Year ago

Or, alternatively, stick with Windows 7. Vulkan support is going to come along and make DirectX12 pointless. So you can pretty much just choose your OS at that point. You can choose whatever flavour of whatever you like. Windows 7, 8, Linux, Android, even dreaded Windows 10 if you so desire.

It's what the hardware manufacturers want, it's what the game developers want, everyone basically wants a truly unified system for graphics, which DirectX is everything but.

It's just a matter of playing the waiting game.

Having said that, Vulkan support is already in both current AMD and nVidia drivers. Plus, Epic is working on rolling it into the Unreal Engine. This is a mad push for everyone to have something, anything that isn't jumping through Microsoft's hoops.

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