Free of charge for upgrade
Microsoft released: the company will provide policies to upgrade to Windows 10 free for everyone to use the computer Windows 7 / 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1 in the first year the operating system was released, as long as it meets hardware requirements for facilities subject. The company did not mention to members of the Windows Phone not upgraded, but it is make sure that users of Windows RT will not be updated to Windows 10, it’s not to mention the free update.
But it should be noted is if you want to update to Windows 10 through Windows Update service, users will have to upgrade to Windows 7 SP1, or Windows 8.1 Update before (both are free). So, users will not need to download and install the new operating system.
Choose Home or Pro?
If you buy a Windows PC 8.1 now, you can totally free update to Windows 10 without any problems. However, you should make sure that you have correct version of Windows 8.1 to upgrade to version of Windows 10 that you wanted.
It can be said that Microsoft Update operated based on Windows which is currently running. If you have a 32-bit version of Windows 8, it will be upgraded to 32-bit Windows 10, not to 64-bit version. Likewise, Microsoft Update will not switch from Windows 8.1 Home to Windows 10 Pro. If you want to use Windows 10 Pro, you should buy a computer with Windows 8.1 Pro preinstalled, or paying for a policy of upgrading from Windows 8.1 Home to 8.1 Pro, or buy a copy of Windows 10 Pro.
Common computer will have Windows 8.1 Home preinstalled while Windows 8.1 Pro is the preferred option for the computer of business. The Pro version has more features what users generally do not need to, it’s Hyper-V virtualization, BitLocker drive encryption, support for Active Directory, the ability to establish a remote server and more, so, if no need for these things, you do not need to spend money for it.
Cost of upgrading
It is sure that Microsoft will provide some special offers for users who have no eligible to upgrade to Windows 10 free. For example, this companies used to provide policies to upgrade to Windows 8 from XP SP3, Vista and Windows 7 for only $39.99. Also, in the UK, you can download the upgrade version of Windows 8 with price of £24.99 or £49.99 for the DVD. If you are one of customers who buy this product, you are eligible to purchase a copy of Windows 10 free.
Although Microsoft has not announced the special offers of this year, but maybe the price of $39.99 and £39.99 was still attractive option for who want to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 10 fast under the way better, more stable, more flexible and secure.
So should you buy PC with Windows 8.1?
Windows 10 is designed to supply “security for business class”, and if you desire facial recognition or iris, you can wait until the market appears more devices that support Windows Hello.
PC with Windows 10 may also include a sensor to discover that you are using it under as a laptop or tablet to change interface accordingly for users. However, the feature is called Microsoft Continuum looks more useful when working on Windows Phone.
Many other hardware developers are developing products to work with Windows 10 like USB 3.1 Type (only available on the Apple MacBook 12-inch), Direct X12 graphics and 6 the generation from Intel – namely Core i, codenamed Skylake. Therefore, if you need them, using products temporarily available should be done and wait until completely to own laptop with Windows 10.