Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as free upgrade for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices. It will be available starting 29th July 2015; people can reserve their free upgrade today.
You only have until 29th July 2016 to take advantage of this offer. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.
But…how do you get your free upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10??
You can do one of two things:
a) Buy a new Windows 8.1 device and upgrade it to Windows 10 for free, or
b) Reserve a free upgrade for your existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC directly from the Microsoft site.
Not every device will run every feature of Windows 10. Be sure to check with your manufacturer before purchasing.
When you reserve, you can confirm your device is compatible with Windows 10. Between reservation and when your upgrade is ready, the files you need for the upgrade will be downloaded to your PC to make the final installation go more quickly. Then, when your upgrade is ready after 29th July 2015, you get a notification that lets you get started with your upgrade.
How long does it take to install the upgrade?
Plan for about an hour for the installation. Newer devices may only take 20 minutes, and older devices may take more than an hour.
You’ll need to download the installation files before you begin. If you reserve, Microsoft will take care of downloading those files for you and let you know when you are ready to get started.
Can you get a free upgrade if you didn’t reserve it?
Yes. The easiest way to get the free upgrade is to reserve, but you can upgrade even if you don’t reserve.
Once Windows 10 is available, we’ll begin notifying devices that their free upgrade is available. Just open the Get Windows 10 app to schedule your upgrade. Note: Some notifications will go out as soon as Windows 10 is available; others may go out in the weeks or months following.
For more information about Windows 10 please contact our Microsoft licensing Specialists.