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Post by ARC Fireangel on 10/6/2015, 18:12

After revealing Windows 10 eight months ago, Microsoft has finally announced a release date for the free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1: July 29, just eight weeks from now. This is a little earlier than expected, and there are a few strings attached. First, this date is for the upgrade only. Microsoft has not announced availability of the retail version of Windows 10 or of a standalone download. So, if you prefer to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows, or if you want to download the update once to install on multiple devices, or if you want to obtain it on release day and install it later, you will have to wait a little longer. Second, the version for cell phones, dubbed Windows 10 Mobile, is not a part of this scheme; its release date has not been announced.

The process works like this: Starting today, a Windows icon will pop up in your system tray if you are eligible for the upgrade. This icon comes courtesy of system update KB3035583, which installs an app called Get Windows 10. If you click the icon, the app window will open, and you can make a reservation for your download of Windows 10. Presumably this process enables Microsoft to gauge how many download servers it will need to handle the launch. You can also request an email confirmation, and you can cancel your reservation at any time. If you don't make a reservation now, you can still schedule a download of Windows 10 later on (though the offer of a free upgrade expires after one year).





Microsoft estimates that it will take anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour to process the Windows 10 upgrade. The time to actually download it will depend on your connection speed and how much infrastructure Microsoft has put in place to handle the launch. Microsoft says that making a reservation will also allow it to transmit some installation files ahead of time, in the background. This is designed to ease the burden on its servers on release day, and to reduce installation time for you. The total download size for the upgrade to Windows 10 will be around 3GB.

Microsoft says that if your PC can run Windows 7 or 8.1, it should be able to run Windows 10. This update won't be like the jump from XP to Vista. The Get Windows 10 app that handles the upgrade process will also confirm that your PC is compatible. You can try Windows 10 in a virtual machine right now.

People who are currently using the Windows 10 Insider Preview will need Windows 7 or 8.1 on their PC to get this free upgrade. Otherwise, Microsoft will probably shut off access at some point, as it did with the preview version of Windows 7. And if Microsoft detects that your version of 7 or 8.1 has been pirated, it will not schedule a download of the Windows 10 upgrade for you.

First announced on September 30, 2014, Windows 10 will introduce a number of major changes, including:

The transition from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge, which will be able to run add-ons designed for Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome

An update to DirectX 12

A unification of the platform to allow the same program to run on a desktop, tablet, and phone

The ability to run iOS and Android apps in Windows

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Re: Windows 10

Post by wezbloke on 10/6/2015, 18:18

Got the icon and reserved my copy the other day. Not long since did a complete re-install of windows 8, so hope 10 will run pretty smoothly Very Happy
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Post by locknloadeire on 11/6/2015, 11:21

Cheers, some good info there Very Happy
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Post by mutantblues on 11/6/2015, 15:54

ah so that's what the little icon is all about.

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Post by AK5 81 on 11/6/2015, 21:33

I had the icon and reserve my copy- i dont seem to have the same buzz about it like when going from win 98 to xp lol!
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Re: Windows 10

Post by USMCWeatherMan on 12/6/2015, 00:21

I've been using Windows 10 Technical Preview for about 4 or 5 months now. Its solid, way better than that Windows 8/8.1 debacle.

I've reserved for my other 2 laptops (Win7 and Win8.1), and for this one that is already on the Win10 TP, I automatically get the upgrade when its out.
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Post by locknloadeire on 17/6/2015, 15:39

I have the icon on my 8.1 laptop, but not on my Win 7 PC Neutral
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Re: Windows 10

Post by Illusive Man on 18/6/2015, 01:15

Got mine!
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Re: Windows 10

Post by KillJoyZA on 18/6/2015, 13:53

Good luck all you brave first adopters!! May the blue screen of death be kind to you and may all your apps and drivers be compatible!! 1

Just kidding (sort of) I have all 4 home PC's/Laptops registered ready for 29 July
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Post by USMCWeatherMan on 20/6/2015, 03:18

KillJoyZA wrote:Good luck all you brave first adopters!! May the blue screen of death be kind to you and may all your apps and drivers be compatible!! 1

Just kidding (sort of) I have all 4 home PC's/Laptops registered ready for 29 July

Jump on the Insider Program and download Win10 today. Been running it since Feb, some of the TP's have been a little buggy, but anything beats that piece of ***** Win8.1

Just be sure to write down your product key for your licensed copy of Win7 or 8.1 if you jump on the Tech Preview bandwagon becasue you will need it in order to make the free Win10 RTP copy legit.
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