Windows 10 Free Upgrade: Everything You Need to Know

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?

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