Windows 10 releases July 29th, Windows 7 and 8.1 users can reserve an upgrade now | PCGamesN

Windows 10 releases July 29th, Windows 7 and 8.1 users can reserve an upgrade now

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If you’re a Windows 7 or 8.1 user, you may have noticed a new icon turn up in your system tray this morning in the shape of the Windows logo. Click on it, and you’ll be offered the chance to ‘reserve’ a free upgrade to Windows 10. Accept, and when release day comes you’ll be automatically updated to Microsoft’s brave new operating system. 

The release day is July 29th, and Windows 10 will suddenly be available for PCs and tablets.

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If you’re not a Windows 7 or 8.1 user, you can still of course buy Windows 10. The free upgrade will be available for one year, and if you take Microsoft up on the deal it will “continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device—at no cost."

For gamers, Windows 10 offers the integrated Xbox App, which brings the features of Xbox Live to PCs. 

"Xbox on Windows 10 brings the expansive Xbox Live gaming network to both Windows 10 PCs and tablets. Communicate with your friends on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One – while playing any PC game," says Microsoft

"You can capture, edit and share your greatest gaming moments with Game DVR, and play new games with friends across devices. You can play games on your PC, streamed directly from your Xbox One console to your Windows 10 tablets or PCs, within your home. Games developed for DirectX 12 in Windows 10 will see improvements in speed, efficiency and graphics capability."

Thanks, Ars Technica and Videogamer.

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Stinkflipper Incarnate avatarnu1mlock avatarTovias avatarKinth! avatarMctittles avatarDog Pants avatar+1
Tovias Avatar
2 Years ago

They merged that awful store app with my starting window?

Mctittles Avatar
2 Years ago

Having nag software installed with a windows update is really not cool.

Stinkflipper Incarnate Avatar

Just pressed the button. Hope I get to confirm that I really want this at release, in case I learn that it sucks in the meantime...

nu1mlock Avatar
2 Years ago

You will, it clearly said so in the window where you reserved your copy.

Kinth! Avatar
2 Years ago

Hmm not showing up on mine, and no it isn't pirated.

Mountain_Man Avatar
2 Years ago

"[Microsoft will] continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device—at no cost..."


Sneaky wording. Any bets on what the "supported lifetime" of any device with the free upgrade will be? I'm guessing 12-months from the time of release.

Dog Pants Avatar
2 Years ago

Can't stick with Win 7 forever, and early indications are that Win 10 is pretty solid. Continuum sounds good too - I've been wanting to be able to administer my phone from my PC rather than a tiny touch screen interface for years. Previous Windows version let me down on that mark. So at the moment I think I'll upgrade. I'm hoping they announce a Surface 4 soon too.