Windows 10 will be available from July 29

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will be available from July 29, alongside a free upgrade option for Windows 7 and 8.1 users.

On July 29, you can get Windows 10 for PCs and tablets by taking advantage of the free upgrade offer, or on a new Windows 10 PC from your favorite retailer. If you purchase a new Windows 8.1 device between now and then, the Windows 10 upgrade will be available to you and many retail stores will upgrade your new device for you.

Users on Windows 7 and 8.1 have already started to notice a prompt asking them to reserve their free copy of Windows 10; this came along with an update (KB3035583) for those versions of Windows that lets you enroll, and which will later notify you when Windows 10 is available to download. Instructions on how to remove the reservation app can be found here.

We have covered Windows 10 extensively since we first learned about it, when we originally thought it might be named Windows 9, but Microsoft is touting several new features and enhancements over earlier versions of Windows, a few of which we have detailed below.

Windows 10 brings a true personal assistant in Cortana, a totally new browser called Microsoft Edge, and Universal Office apps, including a universal Xbox app. Windows Continuum allows devices to transform from one form factor to the other, enabling smooth transitions of your tablet into a PC and back, and even allows your Windows 10 phone to work like a PC.

Although there's not a whole lot known about Windows Hello, (it is still disabled in the latest Insider builds) Microsoft says that the app:

...greets you by name and with a smile, letting you log in without a password and providing instant, more secure access to your Windows 10 devices. With Windows Hello, biometric authentication is easy with your face, iris, or finger, providing instant recognition.

​​And lastly, the Windows Store has also undergone a transformation to offer Universal Apps for all Windows 10-enabled devices.

Microsoft has also published a video introducing Windows 10 which you can view above, although most readers will already be familiar with it from the Insider Preview program, it's fair to say that many more people will start to become aware of it from today due to the reservation app.

And finally, for those wondering "Windows 10 brings back the Start menu you know and love." Isn't this reason enough to upgrade from Windows 7, we wonder?

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Vishwal

Wow....

George P

Sounds good to me, 2 months of bug fixing should work things out. We should get a new build again quickly IMO.

count0nz

10130 BSOD on me on AMD FX-8350 with a AMD HD7750
Going to Upgrade from Windows 7 Ultamate > 10. later on
10125 was Rock Sold on my hardware.

Gungel

Do not install the update for 'AMD High Definition Audio Device'

atleeit

count0nz said,
10130 BSOD on me on AMD FX-8350 with a AMD HD7750

It will be your drivers, prob AMD and win 10. I'm running 10130 and AMD 8350 perfectly fine. I have Nvidia 760 GTX though.

zhangm

Can't wait to try it out.

Setnom

Anyone knows if the Windows 10 upgrade from Windows itself (that little tray app that sprung up recently) will let us do a clean install? Instead of just the upgrade?

George P

Setnom said,
Anyone knows if the Windows 10 upgrade from Windows itself (that little tray app that sprung up recently) will let us do a clean install? Instead of just the upgrade?

It sounds like it's just for the upgrade, it basically kicks off a predownload of the files and then lets you know when they're done so you can install it.

I'd say to wait and see how it works out, don't register if you want to do a clean install, we have a whole year to upgrade for free anyways.

insanelyapple

I just hope this will be possible because somehow, I don't trust any OS specific features that allows it to reinstall itself.

Steven P.

I would imagine that your 7/8.1 key will let you clean install Windows 10. It's the route I am going to take anyway.

wolftail

Setnom said,
Anyone knows if the Windows 10 upgrade from Windows itself (that little tray app that sprung up recently) will let us do a clean install? Instead of just the upgrade?

I think you can upgrade and then use the Reset option to resore Windows to a clean state.

Setnom

wolftail said,

I think you can upgrade and then use the Reset option to resore Windows to a clean state.

Huh, haven't thought of that. That might work.

BrianW

Setnom said,
Anyone knows if the Windows 10 upgrade from Windows itself (that little tray app that sprung up recently) will let us do a clean install? Instead of just the upgrade?

You can tell it to Keep Nothing. You will then get a clean install. You can then remove the previous OS from the Windows.old directory by performing a disk cleanup.

Izlude

edit: nevermind got the answer

ZombieFly

they must be working 24/7 from now until then to meet that deadline. the current build is nowhere near RTM quality!

Grumphus

Well this upcoming build might be better:

https://twitter.com/GabeAul/status/605240532932169728

And the build after that....

I can imagine at least 30 builds before the release so I wouldn't be too worried.

glen8

Installed the latest build over the weekend. Damn! They have their work cut out to get a stable release ready for the 29th July

carOS

There is nothing to be excited about windows 10 other than DirectX 12. It's widely overhyped due to naming scheme and many people will start to repeat over how good it's like just like when 7 launched many years ago.

BrianW

Master of Earth said,
There is nothing to be excited about windows 10 other than DirectX 12. It's widely overhyped due to naming scheme and many people will start to repeat over how good it's like just like when 7 launched many years ago.

You will also get better security. A new Internet browser called Edge.

DirectX 12 is huge deal for gaming so that in itself will be a huge compelling reason to upgrade a very huge chunk of users.

Raa

A huge chunk of users are gamers? Huh, who would've known.

DeusProto

Yup. They even removed the ability to customize the title bar color for Win32 programs.

I'll be "fixing" that with a disassembler to force it to honor the registry setting for color.

Dutchie64

I can only assume we will get a torrent of updates the rest of the year.
Win10 is slowly getting somewhere, but stability wise it is definately not there yet.

The free update is nice, but I'll wait a couple of months to move over some of my machines.
And sadly, there's still no peep about the Surface RT/2 updates we were supposed to get :-\

+virtorio

Wow, really? It's a little rougher than I'd expect for it to be so close to release.

BrianW

virtorio said,
Wow, really? It's a little rougher than I'd expect for it to be so close to release.

What are you basing this on? This is the first time Microsoft has released this many builds to the public.

georgevella

Kinda out of topic, but I would consider buying that laptop MS is showing in this blog post. Shame it's just a render :/

nyolc8

What if I want to clean install it and not upgrade from win8.1? I can only upgrade it? Or the win8.1 key will activate it in the first year and then that key becoming a win10 key? This is what I want to know...

BrianW

nyolc8 said,
What if I want to clean install it and not upgrade from win8.1? I can only upgrade it? Or the win8.1 key will activate it in the first year and then that key becoming a win10 key? This is what I want to know...

You will be able to purchase an OEM version. Only the upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is free. If you want to perform a "Clean" install tell the upgrade to Keep Nothing.

BrianW

For those wanting to perform a clean install it appears that Windows 10 will work the same as Windows 8.1. Just select keep nothing during setup. There will also be advanced options for formatting the harddrive. You can also choose to keep just your files or to keep applications too. You would still need to start the install from within Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. If you want to do a bootable install you will to wait and see if they offer the digital delivery as an ISO or just buy the OEM version.

Mugwump00

Are there any features left that haven't surfaced in publicly 'flighted' builds? E.g. 'Windows Spotlight'?

Does Cortana not work yet in the UK or have I mis-configured?

I hope we're closing-in on a new Surface Pro announcement too...?

Depicus

I wonder if it will run as well on my 2011 MBA with 4gb as Windows 8.1 does. I really liked the speed up on 8 and 8.1 so it would be disappointing to go backwards.

Only tried in a VM and it seems a bit more resources intensive but anybody know if it's ok on bare metal ?

Salty Wagyu

Are they no longer following the builds of Consumer preview, Release Candidate and RTM anymore?

LimeMaster

Yup, except from RTM.

It was mentioned near the beginning of the Insider program that they weren't labeling builds anymore.

rfirth

Salty Wagyu said,
Are they no longer following the builds of Consumer preview, Release Candidate and RTM anymore?

There is no point. There pushing builds out to the public fast and faster.

The closer we get to RTM, the fewer bugs that will be present in builds, the faster the Fast Ring will see new builds.

Mazhar

Okay so this upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 will be free for one year right? Then afterwards?

nyolc8

If you upgrade in the first year, then you have win10 forever for free. If you don't upgrade in the first year, then you need to pay.

FFX

Dont see this in Windows 10 techpreview? How are we supposed to get this reservation?

Tuskd

See! told ya its July 29, 2016......oh its 2015!

torrentthief

So will it go RTM on July 29th or will it just be available to the general public then? I want to be able to download the ISO and install on a freshly formatted harddrive and type my legit windows 7 home premium serial in, but there is no info as to whether this is possible.

BrianW

torrentthief said,
So will it go RTM on July 29th or will it just be available to the general public then? I want to be able to download the ISO and install on a freshly formatted harddrive and type my legit windows 7 home premium serial in, but there is no info as to whether this is possible.

Digital download and RTM can happen at the same time. Although they may RTM in the middle of July too.

ISO availability has not been announced. Just start the upgrade in Windows 7 and tell it to keep nothing. Then if you have a Windows.old directory just remove it up with disk cleanup.

torrentthief

the thing is i am using a windows 7 ultimate pirate copy but my laptop came with windows 7 home premium legit. I'm not sure if i can manually install windows 7 home premium with my oem key or not. I don't want to upgrade from my install as there is lots of temporary files and other junk that i have installed, i want a clean format before installing windows 10. I only installed the pirate copy because my laptop came with junk pre-installed.

FloatingFatMan

...You're seriously expecting people to help you upgrade an illegal copy of Windows?

+devHead

torrentthief said,
the thing is i am using a windows 7 ultimate pirate copy but... I only installed the pirate copy because my laptop came with junk pre-installed.

You couldn't have just uninstalled the junk? Of course, then I guess you wouldn't be true to your name used on this forum.

Morisato

I'm guessing the upgrade is to just W10 Home version or Pro? If it's just home, I rather just get the retail pro then.

Tal Greywolf

Let me say that I sincerely hope that Windows 10 succeeds here. And that Microsoft is making the right sort of movement by providing the OS as a free upgrade for those who have legal copies of Windows 7/8/8.1 the way Apple did with their OS X upgrade to Yosemite.

Having said that, I also hope that Windows 10 will not be the frustrating, puzzling and occasionally "throw the OS out the window" experience that I had using the previews. Much like Windows 8/8.1, my major hatred was the UI for Windows 10, it was, at least from what I could see, even more annoying than the Windows 8/8.1 interface. But I'm willing to give it an opportunity to prove that it has matured, although Microsoft does have a history of making things worse just before releasing their offerings.

As for things like Microsoft Hello, Cortana, Continuum, and Edge, well... in my view they'll be things I personally will never use, and merely waste space and memory on my system.

But we'll see. Microsoft might have finally seen the light, and give us the kind of simple OS that makes working on a computer easy. My sense is that they'll probably give us Vista 2.0.

DeusProto

Windows 10 UI doesn't even let you customize the title color for Win32 programs anymore.

I am hoping bigmuscle will modify DLLs to give us the option again. If not I will try to do it. Though I need to brush up on my x86 assembly skills.

pmbAustin

I can't imagine how (or why) you'd avoid using Cortana. Since it basically replaces Windows Search, and is actually very useful.

Edge is shaping up to be a fantastic browser, so I can't imagine why you'd avoid that too.

I find it interesting that none of the PR is talking about virtual desktops... will you be avoiding that useful feature as well?

Tal Greywolf

pmbAustin said,
I can't imagine how (or why) you'd avoid using Cortana. Since it basically replaces Windows Search, and is actually very useful.

Edge is shaping up to be a fantastic browser, so I can't imagine why you'd avoid that too.

I find it interesting that none of the PR is talking about virtual desktops... will you be avoiding that useful feature as well?


I'll avoid it the same way that I currently avoid Windows Search. I don't use Windows Search, so I don't see any reason to have Cortana at all.

As for Edge, given my experiences with the various attempts Microsoft has made with browsers, Firefox and Chrome will remain the browser of choice, and I'll only use Microsoft's offerings if it's a requirement for various sites (even Microsoft's own services).

As for virtual desktops, why would I want them? I have two monitors, I don't need virtual desktops.

Again, the problem is the OS itself, it's all the additional stuff that Microsoft seems determined to shove onto your machine in the same fashion that system builders shove all that crudware onto machines. I'd like to see a lean, clean, simple OS that does what I want it to do, not what some PR person in Redmond thinks I should have instead.

Gungel

Was there an announcement yet what hardware Microsoft Hello is going to support?

+devHead

This summer is shaping up to be real fantastic!

pmbAustin

I can't imagine how they're going to manage to squash all the bugs, fix all the quirks, finish all the remaining functionality, and polish the thing to a high sheen in just 8 weeks (less than that, really).

There are going to be some really, really over-worked Microsofties over the next two months. All vacations are canceled, I imagine. And they'll have to work over-time in August patching all the bugs that get reported once the masses install and use it. It's going to be insane.

I think I'll upgrade in late November-ish.

Dane

No pop up for me about upgrading :-/. Not sure what that means.

xendrome

God what is with Joe and his arms...

wotsit

Fair play if they pull it off - but given its cutrent state, I'm gobsmacked.

atleeit

wotsit said,
Fair play if they pull it off - but given its cutrent state, I'm gobsmacked.

It's in pretty good state with it's current build i guess it depends on hardware and drivers.

wingliston

I have six devices that can be upgraded free. Thats 18GB to download! I wonder if they will have a ISO or the ESD can be shared via new p2p feature.

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