If you have Windows Updates enabled for your Windows 7 or 8.1 installation you will get the following notification in your notification area.
Notes for testing: Test an Enterprise or Volume License to see if this notification is given (these are not eligible for free upgrades). At current Windows 10 Insiders at build 10130 are not given such a notification.
It will give you the following information on the free upgrade to Windows 10.
You can enter the details of your email address (Microsoft Account) to reserve your free upgrade.
More details are in the FAQs:
Your system will also scan for compatibility:
Ask on the forums if you have compatibility issues.
2 thoughts on “01/06/2015 Microsoft Prepare Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users for Windows 10”
Though I rated Philip's article as a 5 Star effort on his part, Windows 10 is Microsoft's version of the nWo. One OS for everyone, the only thing I can't understand is why Vista consumers, whom are still supported, are left out in the cold. This has never happened with prior releases, even XP users had a shot as the Windows 8 Pro promo for $40, provided their computers could run the OS (though many found out with 8.1 that Microsoft in essence, stole their money).
Many of those whom takes the Windows 10 plunge will feel some of this pain also, especially those with early Windows 7 computers, that also has components of Vista & late XP machines, and though it won't be felt in the first year, come Windows 10.2, Version 1a may.
CPU & other hardware technology doesn't stand still, and Microsoft has already lied promising the same for Windows 8, yet a naming change is supposed to mean that's not so? They'll do the same with Windows 10, and trust me, those who are buying all of these refurbished computers with Windows 7 installed that shipped with Vista Business one day are going to find themselves on the outside looking in. There's no way that MS can promise support for the life of the device for 10+ years, which is typical of how Microsoft works. They know before the OS is released the day support will be over.
So Microsoft is going to promise what no changes in the OS will stop Intel GMA 3100 video from working, or a CPU instruction set will stop my Core 2 Duo E8400 from accepting what in essence, will be a Service Pack?
It's time for Windows consumers to stop believing everything that comes out of the words of Microsoft executives mouths as though they're an addition to the Gospel. Furthermore, just look at these executives, I've seen Richard Stallman dress better (or rare occasions). These dudes are coming out speaking to crowds as though they're headed or coming back from a workout or a party. These are supposed to be leaders, and that's why at many corporations, there's a dress code, one violation may draw a warning, repeat offenders would be fired.
If these folks wants to be taken serious, they need to carry themselves as professionals, not as rednecks. Of course, when the troubles begins, just keep all of this in mind, and things will add up,
There were alot of problems between the Windows 8 and 8.1 upgrade with the 64 Bit Edition and Intel Pentium D processors however the 32 Bit edition still worked. Microsoft had a flawed deployment of Windows 8.1 at the time with the lack of a utility to download a .iso (without several workarounds).
I can't say for sure if Microsoft will elevate system requirements for the Windows 10 OS like they done for Windows 8.1 however they want it to work with relatively weak hardware such as cheap tablets and also phones so I'm not too worried. At current I have Windows 10 Insider Build 10 10130 installed on a Dell Latitude D820 with Intel T7200 and Intel GM945 which is much lower in power than your system.
I have a strong suspicion that there will be a free upgrade or at least a good discount for those in the Windows Insider Preview, in particular because many systems being tested will have lost their Windows 7 OEM installation media which cannot be downloaded and will have difficulty proving they are eligible. If its not free it will anger the Windows enthusiasts which Microsoft desperately need on their side at launch.
The one OS strategy to keep everyone up to date is necessary for Microsoft to continue. Without the userbase migrating especially the Windows 7 userbase they risk having to support Windows 7 forever, they learned the lessons of a good and then bad OS with Windows XP and Windows Vista. Even after the death of Windows XP (April 2014) they struggled to get users to migrate. They also can't be afford to be wasting programmers supporting Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 separately.
Without the vast Windows 7 userbase the Windows Store has no chance of lifting off the ground. It never did for Windows 8.1 as everyone hated the Metro Apps hence developers never felt any benefit to write them. Microsoft look to gain revenue through the Windows Store and advertising Apps from the Windows Store. Once the Windows Store takes off (its almost impossible for it not to with potentially >1 billion devices) they will get a steady flow of revenue that way. Secondly if they make a good browser and lock it to Bing, aswell as the Cortana search being locked to Bing they will make significant steady revenue from advertising (again >1 Billion devices). Finally they have finally fixed many of the issues with OneDrive, users will buy monthly subscriptions of it and Office.
Windows 10 10130 is shaping up to be a good OS. It still has some issues and is being worked on but it is almost complete. It seems Microsoft have looked to feedback from these guides and elsewhere and have stated they will provide installation .isos for Windows 10 and up to date installation media.
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