Friday is the final day Windows users running version 7 or 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 - which was released previous year - free of charge.
The workaround hinges on the fact that Microsoft gives your PC a "digital entitlement" when you upgrade from (a legit version of) Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. That said, Windows 10 is getting a substantial upgrade next week in the form of the Anniversary Update, which will, among other things, allow you to run another operating system over Windows. The Windows 10 free upgrade offer is about to end.
This update plans to include improved security features, new Windows Ink functionality that makes better use of a stylus or smart pen, and more features for its Cortana voice assistant.
Some people have been complaining about Microsoft's incessant prompts to upgrade to Windows 10 for nearly a year. If they can succeed in doing that then it's a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows Store. If you have an older program or piece of hardware that's absolutely essential, and you can't find a Windows 10 version (or similar program), you may want to stay on your current OS.
This raises certain questions for users outside of France regarding Windows 10's reliability.
As Microsoft told PC World, which noted this development: "With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, the search box is now Cortana". There is no longer a full and upgrade edition of Windows, there is now just 1 price for each of the editions.
Microsoft was also accused of tricking users into installing Windows 10 - which it denied.
For more information on the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary update but will be available on August 2nd 2016 jump over to the official Microsoft website via the link below.
Once Windows 10 is fired up, head to the Start menu, and then navigate to "Settings".
However, for the anti-Cortana camp, the better news is that while her off switch may have been binned, you can still hide the assistant. If you haven't had a chance to see some of the great new features that come with Windows 10, don't worry. There are few reasons not to - Windows 7 was ok (ish), Windows 8 was rubbish, Windows 8.1 was slightly less rubbish.
Have a computer running Windows 7 or later? This update is unlike any other, Microsoft have changed the way they're developing Windows and will now ship updates as required, so if you think you'll wait for Windows 11, think again.