Last Minute Questions Answered Before Windows 10 Release

If you still deliberating about whether or not you can or will upgrade soon to Windows 10 a recent Guardian article provided a useful last minute roundup of questions, answers and facts that could help point you in the right direction. Some of the main points it raised are as follows.

When?

The upgrade is being offered from the 29th of July BUT since it is a staged roll out over a month you may not be able to get the upgrade anyway even if you have decided to get it asap. Remember you actually have a whole year to get the free upgrade. Even if you’re using Windows 7 for example (and it is still working well) you can keep using it for the time being as it will be supported until 2020

PC Compatibility?

You can check the compatibility of your computer by using the ‘Get Windows 10’ (GWX) app (the white icon). Even if it is not compatible at the moment this could change as supplier update drivers etc. You can always run the compatibility check again at a later date.

If I have more than one computer does it mean numerous slow downloads are needed?

The new free upgrade is device specific. You may however be able to use a method like 'iso file'. This could be downloaded and burned to DVD, and in a USB-friendly format. This could then be used update all Windows 7 and 8 PCs. This will make checks to see which PCs qualify for the free upgrade, and will provide them with their own Windows 10 product key.

What if I have already reserved a copy via The GWX app?

This means that you’ve already given Windows permission to download Windows 10 code in the background. You will therefore need to stop the download by going to the Windows 8.x network settings and setting it as a metered connection. If you have Windows 7 run Windows Update and click “Change settings”, and then select “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them”.

If I install Windows 10 can I go back later?

The answer to this is not fully known yet. On your laptop for example you can however take precautions by have backing up the recovery partition so you can use your USB thumb drive or recovery DVD to take it back to factory condition. You will of course have to back up your programs and data too so they can also be recovered.

Is it really FREE?

No, it is not actually a case of Windows 10 being given away free. The upgrade to Windows 10 for devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8 is the part that Microsoft is giving away. Copies of Windows 10 that are distributed with PCs will be locked to the motherboard and their licenses will only be valid for the first PC on which they are installed.