Windows 10 has finally been released to the masses.
It’s being dubbed as one of the biggest ‘upgrades’ to come from Microsoft and it’ll be free if you’re already running Windows 7 or 8.
To upgrade to Windows 10 for free you’ll need to have an existing (and legal) copy of Windows 7 or 8 installed. Your machine will also need at least a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM (or 2GB for 64-bit), and 20GB of free disk space. These hardware requirements are very minimal and if you’re running Windows 7 or 8, then there’s a very big chance you’ll already meet these requirements.
How to upgrade…
If you already reserved your Windows 10 upgrade:
A couple weeks ago you might have saw a pop up on your computer saying to ‘reserve your copy of Windows 10’. If you did that, then good news! The Windows 10 upgrade files will download on to your PC sometime on launch day (July 29, 2015). All you’ll have to do is wait for a notification that says your upgrade is ready, and run the installer. Depending on your hardware, the upgrade should take 20 – 60 minutes.
If you haven’t reserved your Windows 10 upgrade yet:
Look at your system tray (bottom right hand corner for most PC users) and look for a “Get Windows 10” icon. From there, you can follow the instructions on how to reserve, schedule or install Windows 10.
Don’t forget to back up important files before the upgrade!
The free upgrade promotion will be available until July 30, 2016… so there’s no immediate rush to upgrade. Good luck!