How to upgrade to Windows 10

Move over Windows 8.1, the Start button will soon be back with Windows 10. Find out how to register for your Windows 10 upgrade in a few easy steps and enjoy automatic download of the new Windows version when it releases on July 29.

Windows 10 will be releasing shortly, on July 29, 2015, and it brings back some familiar elements and introduces some new elements as well. For those who want to register their free copy, the steps are simple and described below. Reserving means that when the OS becomes available, it will be automatically downloaded to your system. You can also cancel your reservation any time you like.

If you are not sure if you want Windows 10 (after your disappointments with Windows 8), here are some enticements.

What's New In Windows 10?

The familiar Start Menu is back with some updates. It will have an expanded form and hold your favorites and pinned apps so you can easily access them.

It is free to upgrade to for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users.

You get access to Microsoft Edge, which is the company's whole new and modern browser with support for responsive design, faster image loading, a home button to quickly take you back to the homepage, a feature to easily import bookmarks and favorites from other browsers, a feature to annotate web pages and store on OneDrive and much more.

How To Reserve Your Copy of Windows 10

Follow the steps below to book your copy of Windows 10.

  1. Find the small Windows Icon on your taskbar. Hovering your cursor over it should reveal the message to "Get Windows 10". Click on it.

    If you can't see the "Get Windows 10" icon on your taskbar, it may be because your device is not updated with the Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 update. It may be that your Windows Update is turned off or set to manual updates, or you have blocked or not installed the Windows Update function. It could also be that you are not running a genuine version of Windows. Some PCs running Enterprise editions of Windows may not support Windows 10. If your Windows is up to date and you still don't see the icon, it may be that your PC won't support Windows 10. You can find out how to update your system below.

  2. When the "Get Windows 10" app opens up on a separate window, you can click on the "Reserve your free upgrade" button after reading through the promotional info. You can also click on the link to the official Windows website to the right of the page for more info before you commit.

  3. The next screen will inform you that your upgrade is reserved. You can now enter your e-mail address on this page to receive a confirmation of your registration. When Windows 10 becomes available on July 29, you will receive a notification when it is ready to install. You can go ahead and get the 3 GB download, or you can chose to do it at a later time.

How to Update to the Windows 10

Method 1 (for Windows 7):

If you are using Windows 7, click on the Start button, key in Update in your Search box and select Windows Update. Select "Check for Updates" in the left pane, select all your updates and click Install Updates.

Method 2 (for Windows 8):

On Windows 8 press the Windows key on your keyboard along with C or point your mouse cursor at the right corner to open up the right panel. Select Settings and go to Change PC Settings. You Will find the Update and Recovery option on the left panel. Select the install or download button to update and restart.

Method 3 (on a VM):

Step by step instructions to install Windows 10

You can also visit the Microsoft Windows 10 Q&A page for more info.

Article by Juana
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