Being July 29, 2015, the pivotal date slotted for the anticipated release of Microsoft Windows 10, you can now say Hello to Windows 10! In the past few days building up to this release, a lot of speculation has been drawn across the tech community about Windows 10 as the last version of Microsoft Windows and its adoption in the future as a service model. Irregardless of all the buzz, Windows 10 is finally here with us, launching in 190 countries today and with Microsoft CEO also here in Kenya for the global live event.
Windows 10 is such a significant upgrade that Microsoft skipped Windows 9 altogether. The OS is designed to run seamlessly across desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones and the Xbox One.
Apart from experiencing a refreshingly new design that aims to embrace both familiarity and innovation, Windows 10 users will be aboard to enjoy a whole lot of features that come with newer technology:
- Speed: Faster Start up time that will put Windows 8 users at ease and have Mac users drooling with envy as test reports of Windows 10 being much faster than Mac OS X build up.
- DirectX 12, the new 3D engine is intended to get game developers closer to the metal for a new level of immense performance.
- Start menu that brings back the familiar Windows 7 incarnation with added functionality of live tiles.
- Microsoft Edge, a powerful new browser that allows you to search the web smartly and notify you of important tasks.
- Universal apps that run across multiple devices allowing you to sync content everywhere. Apps can run in windowed or full screen mode.
- Action center that will handle all incoming notifications and important reminders putting users at ease when they are away from their mobile smartphones.
- Seamless security with enhanced new security features like Device Guard, Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello which will let you login in with face recognition.
- Virtual Desktops. One edge that Mac OS power users have enjoyed is the ability to switch among several virtual desktops. Windows 10 finally brings this capability to Microsoft’s operating system.
- Xbox integration. If you are a keen Xbox gamer, you now have something to smile about as Windows 10 brings the ability to stream game play from your console right to your desktop.
How to upgrade to Windows 10 for Free
Perhaps the most notable point about this upgrade is that Microsoft is offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade to existing users of properly licensed Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 systems. The free upgrade is available for download until 30 July, 2016 after which new users who wish to install Windows 10 must purchase one of the available versions.
If you haven’t made preparations to receive Windows 10 update on your desktop PC or laptop, this is how to upgrade to Windows 10 for free! easily without too much quirks and hiccups. The following steps will ensure a smooth transition from your current Windows version to Microsoft’s premier operating system, Windows 10.
- Clean up temporary files: Overloaded temp folders can occasionally cause problems with software installation. You can do this by deleting all files in the following folders: C:\windows\temp, C:\windows\prefetch and on C:\Users\<<username>>\AppData\Local\Tem. Alternatively, using an app like CCleaner does an excellent job at wiping tons of temporary junk files from the system hard drive.
- Defrag your system drive. An easy way to defrag the main system partion is to do it from the elevated command prompt. Open CMD as Administrator, type defrag.exe C: and hit Enter to start the process of cleaning up your C: drive. How long this takes will depend on how much the drive is fragmented.
- Backup your computer system: Make a complete backup of all your important files as there is no telling of what might become of your system while installing Windows 10.
- Disable your Antivirus program during installation. Some Antivirus programs may interfere with software installations or keep you at bay from getting the Windows 10 update notification.
- Update Windows. Finally, to be able to get Windows 10 update rolling on your PC, you MUST have the KB3035583 Windows update from March installed on your computer according to Microsoft. From the control panel, make sure that Windows update is turned on. If you don’t this update installed already, go ahead and do a Windows update one more time. Alternatively, you can download the necessary update files directly the below links accordingly.
- Download KB3035583 Update for Windows 7 (64-bit or x64)
- Download KB3035583 Update for Windows 8/8.1 (32-bit or x86)
- Download KB3035583 Update for Windows 8/8.1 (64-bit or x64)
Now that you are all set up to receive the update, be on the look out to your system tray for a “Get Windows 10” icon. From there, you can either reserve an upgrade (Windows 10 will roll out over the next few weeks, so not everyone can get it in one day), or go ahead and schedule an install if your device already qualifies.
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How reserve your PC for Windows 10 Upgrade
- Click the Windows icon on the system tray.
- Click Reserve your free upgrade.
- Enter your email address to receive confirmation of your reservation.
- Now you’ll see a message that says your upgrade has been reserved. There’s a Cancel reservation button on the bottom left here.
If you experience any trouble upgrading or need more guidance before taking on the upgrade process check the Windows 10 Q&A page.
Be sure to leave us a comment below, let us know how the upgrade process went for you and how you are holding up with Microsoft Windows 10 on your PC.