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How to Reserve your Free Upgrade to Windows 10

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If you are a Windows 7 or 8.1 user, you should probably or soon be seeing the new notification popup prompting you to reserve an upgrade to the incoming Windows 10 OS which is due to debut on July 29.

Microsoft is now pushing Windows 10 via a notice suggesting you reserve a copy.

Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft corporation had on Monday, made an official announcement for the released date and price of next flagship OS, the Windows 10 which will start selling July 29. That means it will be available on any PCs you purchase as of that date. Also and as a free upgrade to your existing Windows 7 or 8.1 tablet or PC. Those running Windows RT or RT 8.1 are not eligible for the free upgrade as Microsoft has excluded Windows RT and RT 8.1 from the free upgrade offer.

( Read Also, Microsoft set released date and price for Windows 10 )

Windows 10 is different from all previous OS on sense that it’s a multi-devices operating system, runs on desktop, tablet and Windows smartphones. The new Windows 10 is a rich featured OS packed with the task of erasing the bad experiences people had with the touchscreen-focused Windows 8, which ultimately failed to catch fire among PC users. A redesigned Start menu, the Cortana voice assistant and a new browser called Edge and much more. Microsoft wants to make sure that current device owners know they can now get in line to pick up Windows 10 according to their earlier promised.

So if you haven’t upgraded Windows 7 to SP1 or Windows 8 to 8.1, you’ll have to perform those tasks first. Also, you have one year from July 29 to upgrade your PC to Windows 10 for free. After that year is up, you’ll presumably have to purchase Windows 10 yourself.

Follow the steps below to reserve your free copy of Windows 10

  • First, you must be running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1, and you must have installed a March the Windows update dubbed KB3035583. That update will already be on your PC as long as you have Automated Updates enabled.
  • Watch out for your Windows system tray in the lower right corner, and you should see a new icon displaying the Windows logo. Hover over it, and the popup messages says: “Get Windows 10.”
  • Click that icon, and up pops a window that explains how the free upgrade works. Once it’s available, Windows 10 will automatically download onto your PC. You’ll receive a notification after the download is complete so that you can choose an appropriate time to install it.
  • You can scroll through the various screens of the Get Windows 10 window to read more about the new OS.
  • When you’re done, simply click the button to reserve your free upgrade.
  • The reservation screen asks for your email address so you can receive the notification. Enter your email address and click the Send confirmation button. You can now close the Get Windows 10 window.
  • Should you change your mind and wish to cancel the reservation, just click the Get Windows 10 icon again.
  • Click the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner to display the menu and click the link for View confirmation.
  • Then click the link to Cancel reservation and click the button for Cancel reservation to confirm your choice.

Windows 10 is a free upgrade. The upgrade covers the full version of Windows 10, not simply a trial or limited version. It also ensures that you can run Windows 10 on your specific device for free “for the supported lifetime of your device,” according to Microsoft.

Microsoft  Windows 10 Home priced at $119 and Windows 10 Professional priced at $199. Those prices are for the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) versions of Windows 10, which are designed to be installed from scratch on a new device. Thus, the upgrade prices for those running Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 will likely be lower than that come July 30, 2016, when it’s no longer free.

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