The latest edition of the world’s foremost PC operating system is almost ready for its big release. Microsoft’s Windows 10 will launch across all Microsoft platforms before the end of the month on July 29th. Early information about the new system seemed to point in all the right directions, with the first release explaining that many of Windows’ iconic features would make a welcome return and also revealing that the update would be free for a number of existing Windows users.
With just under two weeks until the update becomes available, we’ve gotten hold of more answers to many of the frequently asked questions that Microsoft have been fielding about their system. Firstly was the confirmation that Windows 10 will be a continually updated operating system. Microsoft have said that they intend to make this the safest and most user friendly operation yet, expecting it to work as the “last operating system you’ll ever need.” Updates and new features will be rolled out on individual timescales, too; users won’t have to wait for bundles in a 10.1, for example.
The confirmation that many users will have been relying on also came, with Microsoft confirming that an upgrade to Windows 10 will be free for existing 7 or 8.1 devices. From this point, the continued updates will continue to be free for as long as the same devices are in working order.
Users with existing Windows 7 or 8.1 devices are directed towards a Windows 10 advisory app, which will check their device for compatibility. A request for the update can also be lodge through this app, or by using a device’s store or the Microsoft website. This will then ensure users are able to update their operating system at the earliest opportunity.
For those out there who are content with their current system, a trial period of one month will exist with any Windows 10 upgrade. A device can be reverted back to its previous state at any point during this first month, so skeptical users can at least give it a cautionary trial just in case. Anyone with a device running an older system than Windows 7 will most likely have no access to the update with their existing device, however, and will be encouraged to upgrade their hardware by Microsoft when they are ready to do so.
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