Windows 10 is finally being pushed out for all compatible PCs, giving an option for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to upgrade for free starting 29 July. This is great for those who wish to get the latest OS experience firsthand without shelling out huge license fees as done in the past.
But the free upgrade offer will not last for long so it is advised to reserve your upgrade before the rollout begins. If you fail to upgrade within the first year, Windows 10 must be purchased. Windows Home costs $120 and Professional $200.
How to reserve Windows 10 for a free upgrade?
Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will see a tiny Windows logo on the right hand corner of the taskbar, right next to the clock. Click on the logo and you will get a pop-up window. Click on "Reserve your free upgrade" and enter your email address to confirm the reservation.
Once done, an install notification will appear as and when Windows 10 is available for download after 29 July. You can cancel the reservation at any point in time without hassles if you wish to continue with your old OS.
If you wish to proceed with Windows 10 upgrade, follow the on-screen instructions in the pop-up window that will appear anytime after tomorrow. Sit back and relax until the download finishes.
After the installation completes, which will take about 30 to 45 minutes, restart your computer and enjoy the free version of Windows 10.
Do not panic if your PC restarts during the course of installation but ensure there is enough battery or you are connected to a power source if on a laptop.
It is wise to back up your important data on the computer before upgrading. There are minimal risks as it is going to be an official rollout but a backup can always come in handy.
It is important to check if your PC is compatible to upgrade to Windows 10. The target computer must have at least a 1GHz processor and pack at least 1GB 32-bit or 2GB 64-bit RAM, 16GB 32-bit or 20GB 64-bit hard disk space, DirectX 9 graphics card and a display monitor with at least 1,024x600 pixels resolution. Windows 10 does not mandatorily require a touch screen display.
The official rollout of Windows 10 to all compatible PCs begins on 29 July.