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Take Microsoft's Windows 10 upgrade challenge, and you're guaranteed to walk away with something for nothing.

Take Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade challenge, and you’re guaranteed to walk away with something for nothing.

For the challenge, Microsoft is offering to upgrade your device to the Windows 10 operating system in less than a day for free. Failing that, the company will give you a new computer for free.

As the software company puts it:

If your PC meets all of the requirements, our team will upgrade your PC to Windows 10. If we don’t upgrade your PC by close of business, you’ll get a free Dell Inspiron 15. … If your PC isn’t compatible with Windows 10, we’ll recycle it and give you $150 toward the purchase of a new PC.

This offer is available through July 29 in Microsoft brick-and-mortar retail stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Microsoft has stores in more than 30 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. You can book an appointment online from Microsoft’s dedicated web page for a given store.

Other fine print to note includes:

  • The offer is available “while supplies last,” so you might want to call ahead to confirm a store has the freebie in stock.
  • Eligible computers must be checked into a store’s Answer Desk before noon local time.

You can also upgrade your device to Windows 10 on your own. The upgrade is free for eligible devices until July 29.

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest operating system. It has been available to consumers since July 29, 2015.

What’s your take on Windows 10? Let us know what you think by commenting below or on our Facebook page.

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