How to get Windows 10 cheap (or even for free)

Windows 10 licenses are expensive—almost painfully so. Shelling out $139 for Windows 10 Home or $200 for Windows 10 Pro feels rough when Linux is free and Windows 7 still hasn’t been completely put down. That amount of cash can easily be a third of a budget PC build.

Deal alert! You can now purchase the full retail version of Windows 10 Professional for $40, an 80 percent discount off MSRP. Active for the month of June, this is an exclusive offer for PCWorld readers through the PCWorld Software Store.

But with less developer support for Linux and the end-of-life deadline rapidly approaching for Windows 7, Windows 10 is an inescapable necessity for most of us. What’s not a given is paying full retail.

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