Yes, another post about Microsoft Windows 10, but it is actually an exciting announcement this time!
In case you haven’t already heard Microsoft have announced the official release date for Windows 10 as the 29th July 2015!
So what does this mean to us Windows users?
Well, first of all, it is going to be a free upgrade for all users of “qualified” (their word not mine) copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1! See the link below for full details of the offer.
Yes, they have dropped the initial idea of making it a free upgrade for illegal copies of Windows 7 and 8.1, so unless you have paid for your current Windows 7/8.1 and have activated it then you won’t be getting the free upgrade!
Secondly, it is a 3+GB download so make sure you have a fast connection with plenty of data allowance (I wouldn’t be trying this on your 4G wireless connection)!
So what do you have to do to get the upgrade?
You may well have already noticed in your Windows System Tray (bottom right hand corner of the desktop) a new icon that looks like the Windows logo. If you click on this it will open the following Window:
If you then click on the “Reserve your free upgrade” button you will be taken to the next screen which confirms this. It also states that the upgrade will be automatically downloaded when it is available and that you will get the option as to when to install it, immediately or at a later time.
Although I do not expect any major problems with the upgrade I would certainly advise the usual caution of making sure you have a full backup prior to doing the upgrade.
Should you reserve your copy of Windows 10?
I am not going to get into why you should or should not upgrade, or what new or improved features are available in Windows 10, as these have been covered in the past and anyway there is plenty of information on the Internet about this (see link to Microsoft’s page above). There is however an interesting article here about some of the missing features in Windows 10.
I am confident it will be safe to reserve your copy if you really want to. However, I would not be installing it immediately, or at least not until you have done a full backup of your system. I would usually recommend waiting until the intial stories start to roll in about people’s experiences with the installation and with the new Windows 10.
I also hope that Microsoft have designed the installation with a working, simple and reliable back out option in case anything goes wrong!
More on Windows 10 later!