Today is the day that the free upgrades to Windows 10 begin! I thought I’d go over some of the major points about this update. I’ve answered these questions before, but folks keep asking them. So let’s hit the high points.
Who gets the free upgrade? Users of Windows 7 Home, Windows 7 Pro, Windows 8 and 8.1 Home, Windows 8 and 8.1 Pro are entitled to a free upgrade. Windows 8 will have to be upgraded to 8.1 before you can download the upgrade, but that upgrade is also free.
How long do I have to upgrade? You have a year to download the upgrade for free. That means as long as you make the upgrade between now and July 29, 2016 – it’s free.
Will I have to pay for it after a period of time? No. Your upgraded license remains free – there’s no gotcha in there.
I haven’t gotten my upgrade options yet, what do I do? It could be because your computer isn’t up-to-date. Make sure you have SP 1 installed plus your other updates for Windows 7 and that your Windows 8 machine has been upgraded to 8.1 and received all of the 8.1 updates. This could take some time. Microsoft is slowly rolling out the upgrades, not everyone can upgrade today. So, it could be a couple of weeks.
Can I keep my Windows 7 or 8 and also install the free upgrade? What you’re getting here is an upgrade to your Windows 7 or 8 license, not a second license. If you want want Windows 10 in addition to the version of Windows you’re already running, you’ll have to purchase it. It also means you can’t install your previous Windows 7 or 8 license on another computer after you upgrade to 10 on your PC.
Can I go back to my previous operating system if I don’t like Windows 10? There’s really no easy way to downgrade here. This is a commitment to a new operating system.
What about Windows XP and Windows Vista or Windows 7 or 8 Enterprise? XP and Vista are not eligible for the upgrade and neither are Enterprise versions of Windows.
Will it overwrite my files and programs? Your pictures, documents, settings, e-mail and programs should remain intact when the system upgrades. It’s still a good idea to back your important files up before the upgrade.
Do I need a touch screen to use Windows 10? Windows 10 is designed to be keyboard and mouse friendly.