Windows 10 Free Upgrade: Everything You Need to Know

Windows 10 free upgrade

Windows 10 free upgrade download will available on 29 July 2015. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users can reserve now and start the download before the release date.

Windows 10 free upgrade
Windows 10 free upgrade

Good news! Finally, Microsoft officially announced the Windows 10 release date – July 29th, 2015! The new Windows operating system will be available in 190 markets globally.

All existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users are eligible for FREE Windows 10 upgrade. You can download and install Windows 10 free of charge within 1 year after the release date (before 29 July 2016). You still have a lot of time to consider whether you want to upgrade or not… (check out new Windows 10 features below)

Reminder: It is a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. Free. Nada. Zero. Zilch. Microsoft want everyone install Windows 10!

Get Windows 10

Windows users are getting “Get Windows 10” icon in their system tray to reserve free Windows 10 upgrade.

Screenshot: Get Windows 10
Screenshot: Get Windows 10 (hat tip: weilian)

Click on the “Get Windows 10” icon to read how the reservation work. Basically, your computer will automatically download Windows 10 (3GB download size) as soon as it is available. You will then receive a notification when Windows 10 download is completed and you can choose a time to install Windows 10.

Click “Reserve your free upgrade” button to proceed. You need to confirm your email address so that Microsoft can send you a notification when Windows 10 is ready.

Why do you need to reserve while Windows 10 is a free upgrade? By reservation, you confirm your computer is compatible with Windows 10. Your computer must run Windows 7 Service Pack 1(SP1) or Windows 8.1. No Windows 10 upgrade for Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1, sorry.

Upgrade files will be downloaded to your PC before the release date to make final installation faster, no need to fight for the download bandwidth with millions of users after July 29, 2015.

You can turn off the Windows 10 upgrade notification by clicking “Customize” in the System Tray and turn off the Get Windows 10 app notifications in the menu.

You will still get free Windows 10 even you do not reserve. Don’t worry. Visit Windows 10 Q&A for more questions and answers.

Refer to the following Windows 10 upgrade edition table to see which Windows 10 edition you will getting.

Windows 10 upgrade editions
Windows 10 upgrade editions

Windows 10 system requirements

Basically, if your computer can run Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 then it will run Windows 10. You can check to see if your computer meets the requirements by using “Check my PC” in the Get Windows 10 app.

Here are the Windows 10 system requirements:

  • Latest OS: Make sure you are running the latest version either Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
  • RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
  • Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
  • Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 1024×600

Windows 10 features

Windows 10 brings back the Start menu combining with Windows 8 live tiles to easily find your files, applications, and favorites.

Windows Hello enables you to unlock Windows with your face or fingerprint (requires an infrared camera or iris detection or fingerprint reader).

Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital assistant, is included in Windows 10 to provide recommendations, information and your todos with reminders.

Microsoft Edge replaces Internet Explorer to be the Windows 10 web browser. You can write notes directly to web pages in Edge and share with your friends. It also built-in “reading view” and Cortana.

Xbox on Windows 10 brings Xbox Live gaming network to PC, enable you to compete against Xbox console players, and stream games from Xbox One console to Windows 10 at home. (Check Xbox Live Countries) Windows 10 supports DirectX 12 games for better gaming experience.

Other Windows 10 apps including Outlook Mail, Outlook Calendar, Photo app, Music app, and more.

Windows 10 price

In case you missed the Windows 10 free upgrade period (1 year, duh!) or want to upgrade from older Windows, you can buy Windows 10 Home with $110USD. Windows 10 Pro will cost you $199USD. Windows 10 Pro Pack that upgrade Home edition to Pro edition is $99USD.

Will you upgrade to Windows 10? Why?

Windows XP End-of-Support: What Does It Mean to Your Business?

Windows XP support count down
Windows XP support count down
Windows XP support count down

Is your company computer still using Windows XP? Please tell your boss that Microsoft will end the support for the 11-year old operating system on 8 April 2014. It means you will no longer receive security updates, fixes or technical support for computer that still running Windows XP.

“While XP was one of the most popular operating systems in Microsoft’s history, it was not designed to handle the challenges of today, such as the increased exposure to cyber-attacks and demands for more data privacy, unlike our newer operating systems such as Windows 7 and 8.”, said Danny Ong, Chief Marketing and Operations Officer of Microsoft Malaysia.

According to StatCounter (March 2013), Windows XP still makes up 20.39% of PCs in Malaysia, which equates to over 3.6 million PCs. The data also shows that 60% PCs in Malaysia are running Windows 7, which was launched in October 2009.

Check out the infographic below (click to enlarge):

Windows XP EOS Infographic
Windows XP EOS Infographic (click to enlarge)

According to Microsoft’s Security Intelligence Report, Volume 13, released in June 2012, Windows XP with SP3 is 3 times more vulnerable than Windows 7 SP1. Also, there are increasing security threats such as Malware, hacktivism, fake virus alerts in the last decade. Plus, the risk of system failure and software/hardware issues also increase because compatibility issue with Windows XP.

Dr. Amirudin Abdul Wahad, CEO of Cybersecurity Malaysia, commented, “Whether you’re an SMB or consumer in Malaysia, the dangers of continued use of XP are real and the risks should not be under-estimated. Windows XP is three generations behind Microsoft’s most modern operating system so continuing to use PCs with XP is similar to driving a car without a seat belt or a motorbike without a helmet. The risks are real and the only way to protect yourself and the organization is to upgrade.”

Windows Upgrade Offer

Microsoft launched the Windows Upgrade Centre website to help SMBs understand the risks, get migration helps, as well as special offers for Windows 8.

Event: Windows 8 Asia-Pacific Launch in Singapore

LiewCF in front Windows 8 backdrop

LiewCF in front Windows 8 backdrop

Microsoft Windows 8 has been launched for a month, have you grabbed the Windows Upgrade Offer yet? LiewCF was invited to the Windows 8 Asia Pacific Launch held in Singapore. In this article, I will share my experience of the 1-day event.

Crowded at media registration
Crowded at media registration

The Windows 8 launch event was held at Esplanade Roof Terrace in the afternoon. We gathered at the hotel lobby and took a shutter bus to the venue. After registration and some refreshment at Loola’s, Esplanade Theatre, we were separated into smaller groups: bloggers & journalists.

Tracey Fellows gives keynote speech
Tracey Fellows gives keynote speech

After the keynote by Tracey Fellows, President, Microsoft Asia Pacific, we head to the Windows 8 experience zone and met Jason Lim, the General Manager, Windows and Windows Live Division, Microsoft Asia Pacific for roundtable session.

Jason Lim introduces Windows 8 features
Jason Lim introduces Windows 8 features

Jason briefed Windows 8 features and why Windows 8 delivers a no-compromise computing experience — either you want to work or play.

Jonathan Wong, Internet Explorer Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacific
Jonathan Wong, Internet Explorer Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacific

Then we visited the Windows 8 Experience Zone and Jonathan Wong, Internet Explorer Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacific, demonstrated Windows 8 features and useful Windows 8 apps.

(left) Poh Huai Bin and Jim Saret shared their Windows 8 experiences
(left) Poh Huai Bin and Jim Saret shared their Windows 8 experiences

Poh Huai Bin (Malaysian lifestyle blogger, sixthseal.com) and Jim Saret (co-host and coach of The Biggest Loser, Philippines Edition) both shared their Windows 8 experiences.

After that, we are free to get hands-on the various Windows 8 devices: all-in-one, notebooks, ultrabooks, convertibles, tablets… There are so many that I have to do it in another article.

After touching, tapping, stroking (but no hammer testing) the Windows 8 devices, we ended the day with a speakers group photo in front of the beautiful Windows 8 backdrop.

Windows 8 Speakers group photo
Windows 8 Speakers group photo

Unlike the Windows 8 launch in U.S., the Singapore event did not mention a single word about the Microsoft Surface tablet. It is understandable when you have over 50 Windows 8 devices in Asia. You certainly do not want to steal the focus and upset the all manufacturers.

LiewCF’s Two Cents

Many thanks to Microsoft for the invitation and generously flying us to Singapore for the event. It was a great experience and I enjoyed very much!

Not many companies are willing to spend so much to invite bloggers to their events. As a full-time blogger, I really appreciate the recognition given.

Oh ya, we do have goodies bag! All the media members received a very nice Windows 8 notebook bag, with also a water bottle and a full version of Windows 8 Pro DVD! grin grin

Windows 8 Pro DVD on notebook bag
Windows 8 Pro DVD on notebook bag

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Windows 8 Officially Released. Upgrade Now from $15

Windows 8 logo

Windows 8 logo

Microsoft Windows 8 was launched on Friday, October 26, 2012. The new operating system is designed for desktops, laptops, tablets, and home theater PCs. It has a new user interface with a grid of dynamically updating tiles to represent applications, build-in Internet Explorer 10, SkyDrive, and others.

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