Microsoft offers last-minute promos for Windows 10 holdouts


— 9:07 AM on July 19, 2016

The long-standing free upgrade offer for Windows 10 ends next week. To encourage the remaining holdouts to jump ship to the new operating system, Microsoft is offering an interesting promotion.  If the company isn't able to provide a same-day Windows 10 upgrade to your device at one of its Microsoft Stores, it will give you a free Dell Inspiron 15 laptop.

There are some limits to this offer, of course. Devices brought to the store must actually be eligible for a Windows 10 upgrade, and they need to be brought to the store before noon. If the store in question doesn't finish the upgrade by the close of business on that day, Microsoft will send you home with a new laptop. Given our experience with Windows 10 upgrades, it seems unlikely that you'll hit the jackpot, but it might be worth a shot.

Microsoft also has an intriguing offer for those with computers that aren't compatible with Windows 10. The company is offering to recycle these old machines and give their owners $150 to offset the purchase of a new computer. To be eligible for this trade-in, devices must be running Windows 8. They must power on, and the battery must hold a charge. If components are broken or missing, if the display is cracked, if it has liquid damage, or if a warranty seal is broken, the device won't be eligible. Either way, you'll need to visit a Microsoft Store before July 29 rolls around to take advantage.

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