After nine months of public beta testing, Microsoft today started rolling-out the final version of Windows 10 operating system to machines in 190 countries . You can now upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge if you have Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on your existing PC.
As previously announced, not every machine with a Windows 10 upgrade reservation will get the upgrade instantly, Microsoft is rolling out the install to reserved systems in waves. After that, the company will slowly roll out the OS to everyone else who has reserved their place on the Windows 10 upgrade train.
The seeding has already began and if you have reserved a copy of Windows 10, head to your operating system partition and check for $windows.~BT folder to confirm. One the 3GB download is complected, Microsoft will alert you with a notification that Windows 10 ready to be installed.
Just accept the Important Legal Stuff, and then the Windows setup wizard Your upgrade is ready to install will pop up. You can schedule a time to upgrade, or you can click Start the upgrade now to begin the process.
The installation is straightforward, but its recommended to make a backup of all your personal files to an external storage and make a full backup of your system using the built-in System Image Backup tool.
Once you upgrade to Windows 10 you’ll get a shiny new Start menu, built-in Xbox app with Xbox One game streaming, Cortana integration, Continuum, a new Microsoft Edge browser, and lots of built-in apps including Photos, Maps, Microsoft’s new music app Groove, and Movies & TV, offer entertainment and productivity options. For more details and to get in depth with all the new features, head over on the Windows 10 launch site.
Download Windows 10 Quick Guide here!
Those who do not have a valid copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 or planning to build a new desktop from scratch can purchase a copy of Windows 10 on USB drives from Amazon.
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