Near the end of next month, Microsoft will be hosting a Windows 10 event at its campus in Redmond where they will discuss the next chapter for the OS. It is widely expected that this will include new consumer features like Cortana and the UI updates that we have seen in the leaked build.
If you are still running Windows 7 or 8.1 and want to prepare your machine for this build, Microsoft has released a new tool to get you ready. At the download links below, you can grab the bits from Microsoft that will get you ready for the Windows 10 TP, but based on how quickly the install process happens, it doesn't look like too much is going on under the hood.
Based on the language used on the screen prompts, it looks like this tool enables the new Windows 10 bits to be delivered via Windows Update. Microsoft is already using a similar mechanism in Windows 10 to deliver updates and it is possible to grab the current bits via Windows Update but this application is specifically targeted at the January release.
Microsoft's event takes place on January 21st and for those who are curious, the event will be live streamed this time around and will include presentations from Satya Nadella, Terry Myerson, Joe Belfiore, and Phil Spencer. That crew represents the top of the org chart for nearly all things Microsoft which means that there will be much to talk about.