Windows 10: How do I upgrade?
Thinking of upgrading to Windows 10 when it’s released? This is how to do it.
There are a few options available to you.
If you already have Windows 7 or 8.1
If you’re already running Windows 7 or 8.1 then look at the bottom right of your screen. You should see something that looks like this:
If you click on this icon you’ll be given the option to ‘Reserve your free upgrade’ for Windows 10.
You can then enter an email address if you’d like to receive a confirmation of this reservation.
That's all there is to it. Once Windows 10 officially launches on July 29, Microsoft will begin rolling out the update automatically, and you'll see an update screen when it becomes available to you. Note that you can't "jump the queue": Microsoft is staging the rollout so its serves aren't overwhelmed by demand. Beta testers who have taken part in the Windows Insider program will be the first to get the new release.
Do I get a CD?
No, this update is available to download straight to your computer, so no waiting around for a disc to arrive in the mail, or standing in line at the store. (There will eventually be a USB version for people with slow internet connections, but that won't be available at launch.)
How much does it cost to upgrade?
Here’s the good part. If you already have Windows 7 or 8.1 then your upgrade will be free. Users of older Windows versions will have to pay; we'll update once the prices are officially announced. (There have been rumoured price leaks but most of those have proven to be inaccurate.)
Will it always be free?
No. Microsoft has said that the free Windows 10 upgrade will be available for one year from the release date. If you haven’t taken advantage of the free upgrade by then, then you will have to pay to purchase an upgrade. So don’t hang around.
Do I have to upgrade?
No -- if you’re happy with your current operating system then it will be possible to keep it, but you will miss out on the added features (including the return of the Start Menu). It's also likely that Microsoft will eventually stop releasing security updates for its older versions, though that's not likely to occur prior to 2017.
When can I upgrade?
You can reserve your free upgrade now, but after that you'll have to wait for Microsoft to make the download available to you. The free update will be available for one year from this date, so get in there!Back to top
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