So tomorrow is the big day when Windows 10 will become generally available and when the first users will get the chance to upgrade for free to the best Windows ever made. In case you don’t know all the aspects about the upgrade to Windows 10, here is everything you need to know about it.
You can upgrade to Windows 10 in basically only two very simple steps. I’m sure you already noticed the “Upgrade to Windows 10” icon that appeared around one month ago next to the Windows clock in the bottom right corner.
First of all, you need to click on that icon and reserve yourself a free copy of Windows 10. If you’ve already done this, then you’re all set.
At some point, after July 29th a copy of Windows 10 will be automatically downloaded to your computer and you will be notified about it. Afterwards, you will be able to decided when to perform the upgrade!
If you wonder how long the upgrade process will take, then I would recommend to plan around 1 our for it. Newer devices will most probably take around 20 minutes to perform the upgrade, while older devices may take a little bit longer then 1 hour. Please note that I didn’t include the download time in this estimation.
In case you didn’t want to reserve a copy of Windows 10 before the official launch, you still have one year to upgrade your devices to Windows 10. After July 29th the upgrade will also go through the “Upgrade to Windows 10” app but please note that you probably won’t get the copy the moment you requested it via the app. You will be however notified when your Windows 10 copy is ready to download and afterwards you may start the upgrade process when you wish.
I assume most of the users would like to get their copy as soon as possible. However, please note that the upgrade will be firstly offered to the Windows insiders and afterwards it will be offered in different waves to users that have already reserved it. If you request a Windows 10 upgrade after July 29th, you will most probably get your copy only after all users that reserved it earlier received it. So, you may received your copy with a couple of days delay.
Once you have upgraded your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 operating system to Windows 10, please note that you won’t be able to go back to Windows 7 again. This is because your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license will be transformed in a Windows 10 license.
If you wonder what version of Windows 10 you will get, well….that depends on the version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 that you have. Here are two tables that makes this clear:
|Windows 7 Starter||Windows 10 Home|
|Windows 7 Home Basic|
|Windows 7 Home Premium|
|Windows 7 Professional||Windows 10 Pro|
|Windows 7 Ultimate|
|From Edition||To Edition|
|Windows Phone 8.15||Windows 10 Mobile|
|Windows 8.14||Windows 10 Home|
|Windows 8.1 Pro||Windows 10 Pro|
|Windows 8.1 Pro for Students|
I think that this covered pretty much everything you would need to know about the Windows 10 upgrade. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to post them via a comment on this blog post.
Enjoy your Windows 10!