It has been reported that Microsoft Corporation will finalize its last edition of Windows operating system, Windows 10, this week for its massive worldwide launch on July 29, 2015. The company is expected to start shipping the ‘Release to manufacturing’ (RTM) version of the operating system latest by this week. Reportedly, Microsoft Corporation is going all out and not leaving any stone unturned before releasing the final version of Windows OS. After this, the company would be providing support to users by releasing builds and updates for Windows 10 on a regular basis.
Microsoft Corporation has made strenuous efforts to dispel all the rumors that have been floating around regarding the launch of Windows 10 on July 29. Here are the details about Windows 10 that will help users plan their upgrade.
Free Upgrade to Windows 10 OS
Windows 10 would be given as a free upgrade only to users of licensed and authentic versions of Windows 8.1, 8 or 7 pro, and home. Users of Windows 8 or 7 enterprise version will not be allowed to upgrade for free. Details about the different versions of the operating system have been shared by Microsoft Corporation and users can choose the OS version based on their use and requirement.
Requirements and Specifications
The basic requirements and technical details have been mentioned on Microsoft Corporation’s website. The basic need being the latest version of Windows 8.1 update or 7 SP1, other minimum specifications needed for Windows 10 update are mentioned below.
PC/laptop or smartphone with a minimum 1GHz or faster processor.
Minimum 16 GB space on HDD
Display resolution needs to be minimum of 1024×600 pixels
Graphics card needs to be DirectX 9 or later along with WDDM 1.0 driver
1 GB RAM for 32 bit OS and 2 GB RAM for 64 bit OS.
Upgrading to Windows 10 will result in loss of certain apps. Media Center will be missing along with Solitaire, Hearts and Minesweeper games being removed. A new software would be required to watch DVDs on the computer. Desktop gadgets will be removed for Windows 7 users. Cortana will be available only in the U.S., UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and China. For users of Windows Live Essentials, the OneDrive application will be removed and the inbox version of OneDrive will take its place.
Windows 10 Future Updates and Support
Microsoft Corporation has also confirmed that the upgrades to Windows 10 operating system will be free only for one year starting from its release date on July 29, 2015. Users would need to purchase the OS after the first year free upgrade offer ends. The company has also stated that they would be moving towards providing operating systems for a range of devices like PCs, tablets, smartphones, and Xbox as a service, instead of launching new versions of operating systems at every interval.
Microsoft Corporation has also declared that there will be no hidden fees for the Windows 10 support and updates in future. Users will not need to purchase support and updates to keep their Windows 10 versions running free of technical glitches.
Microsoft Corporation’s Executive Vice-President of Operating Systems, Terry Myerson, recently mentioned in an official blog that the users of the Insider Preview program will be able to get the first access to Windows 10. However, it has been clarified that all the users of Windows 10 Insider Preview will only get the final build which will be genuine and activated copies of Windows 10 OS for free if they choose to opt-in for pre-release updates in future. The users could choose between the Fast and Slow cycles for these updates. By doing this, users will also need to make sure that the updates to the latest version of the preview build of the OS are installed in their PCs. If the updates are not installed, the pre-release software license of the build would expire.
As per a term under the Windows Insider Program, the Windows 10 preview build will be deactivated for users who choose to opt-out of the updates. These users would then be considered as general Windows users and they would then be allowed to upgrade to Windows 10 for free if they were previous users of genuine and licensed version of Windows 8.1, 8 or 7. Users of Windows XP or Vista along with new users will need to purchase Windows 10 OS to upgrade which has been priced at $119 for the Home and $199 for the Professional version.
Myerson also wrote that July 29 onwards, Microsoft Corporation will begin to notify the users who have reserved their systems for the upgrade after rolling out Windows 10 to the Insiders. The company will pay very close attention to user feedback from all the users. It was also mentioned in the blog that users will be notified once Microsoft Corporation’s compatibility work confirms that Windows 10 has been downloaded on their systems.
It implies that users who have reserved their Windows 10 upgrade using the Get Windows 10 app on their Windows phone or PC will not get the upgrade on July 29. They will have to wait beyond the launch day to get the operating system of their devices upgraded.
By Ankur Sinha
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