The fateful date of 29th July has passed and Windows 10 is officially on its way to all those folks who have already reserved their upgrade via “get Windows 10” app series released throughout Windows PC’s globally. Some of you too, or perhaps all of you, might have reserved your free upgrade to Windows 10 via the biggest Windows launching event in history but what is intriguing is the fact that not all computer or devices are eligible for the upgrade to Windows 10. However, before I will take you to explore top 5 Windows 10 upgrading facts, I want to give you a brief overview of the upgrade procedure.
To freely upgrade to Windows 10, you must be running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8, 8.1 following with a compatible tablet or PC that can meet the minimum requirements of Windows 10. You might also be thinking that why you haven’t received the notification of your Windows 10 installation yet while the date promised has already passed? Well, quite straightforwardly Windows 10 will first be available to those people who have actually signed up and downloaded the Windows 10 technical preview OS as they are believed to be the most loyal and honest Windows consumers around the world.
Top 5 Windows 10 upgrading facts you should know
PC’s and larger tablets will soon receive their Windows 10 installation notification in the coming months while phone or small tablet users might probably be entertained in the late September, as predicted by the official tech guru’s. However, even if your system is eligible and you have reserved your free upgrade there will be sometime until you actually get picked by Microsoft’s upgrading servers, which undoubtedly be busy for a good amount of time in the coming months.
The thing you can actually do while you wait patiently for your copy of Windows 10 is that you can look over some of the crucial aspects regarding the upgrade. So, without wasting more time on this brief report, let me tell you the top 5 Windows 10 upgrading facts that will clear your mind a bit of off perplexities.
Fact # 1: You might not get Windows 10 straight away after the release – or a bit longer too –.
Get that into your mind! You are not the only one who might be devoid still to get the retail version of Windows 10 right away. The reason? Well, as I have elaborated before, those Windows users will be able to get Windows 10 much sooner who have previously joined the “Windows Insider Program” a couple of months before the release of Windows 10. As a matter fact, Windows chief Terry Myerson has stated in his recent blog post that Windows 10 will be available in waves, which will escalate gradually after 29th of July.
There is simply and neatly know indication given so far as how slow or fast these upgrade “waves” will be by any official spokesmen and equally there exist no way for us to actually know that. However, if you are in such a hurry to get Windows 10, you can either buy it from a retail store or buy a PC that comes with Windows 10 already installed.
Fact # 2: There are a variety of configurations in which Windows 10 will replace your old Windows
Microsoft has been a true traditionalist company, in a sense that it will introduce Windows 10 in several configurations, like it has introduced earlier version of Windows to us. So the upgrading menu is something like this:
- Users of Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate will receive Windows 10 Professional version.
- Users with Windows 8.1 Pro or 8.1 Pro Student will receive Windows 10 Pro too.
- Users with Windows 7 Starter, Home, or Home Basic will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home.
- Users with Windows 8.1 will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home version.
So, better remember your version of Windows that will be replaced with Windows 10 version as stated in the above details. This definitely the most remembering fact among the top 5 Windows 10 upgrading facts.
Fact # 3: Free upgrade also have rules
It is just a reminder here from the top brief introduction I have given in the earlier para’s of the article so I won’t take your much time in creaming you up for this fact among the top 5 Windows 10 upgrading facts. Simply, you need a genuine Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 (sorry I made the mistake of saying Windows 8 too above in the article) to be able to reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10.
In case you are still living in primeval age and haven’t updated your Windows 7 to SP1 or 8 to 8.1, you need to actually get those updates in order for Windows 10 app to run on your PC/Tablet and to reserve your free upgrade. Additionally, the free upgrade is valid for one year only which means it will disqualify exactly on 29th of July 2016. So do reserve your seat before that date comes.
Fact # 4: Good old Windows start menu has come back
Apart from other facts, one of the most noticeable downfalls for Windows 8 was the elimination of the old “start menu” in it. Now, Microsoft having learned from that mistake has not only restored the start menu but also designed it completely in a new modern look. Perhaps this would do well for the much annoyed Windows users this time. In addition to all of its predecessor functionalities, Windows 10 start menu also comes up with a new section known as “Windows Apps” and the very novel Cortana integration. So, be sure to give a warm welcome to an old but redesigned friend.
Fact # 5: Windows 10 has its minimal requirement list
This is indeed one of the most crucial fact among the top 5 Windows 10 upgrading facts. While the minimum requirements might seem too old to believe but do believe me about this that if you have bought a PC or Tablet that is more than 3 year’s old, chances are you will miss the opportunity to run Windows 10 on your device. According to the official Microsoft minimum requirement list, here are the minimum specs to run Windows 10:
- Processor – 1GHz or faster
- HDD space: 16GB for a 32-bit system or 20GB for a 64-bit system
- Operating System: Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update
- RAM: 1GB RAM for a 32-bit system or 2GB RAM for a 64-bit system
- Minimum Display Resolution: 1024 x 600 resolution
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
So, I hope that after reading my top 5 Windows 10 upgrading facts, you might be at good ease now if you know you have what it takes to run the next version of Windows, which in all its light is anticipated to be the greatest ever. However, if you do lack behind in anything still, you have time enough to still upgrade your hardware/software and then finally and easily get your free upgrade of Windows 10 convincingly. Additionally, if you want to buy Windows 10 you can easily get it at $199 from any authorised retailer or online store.