The release of Windows 10 is scheduled for July 29, which means that in less than three days, computers with Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 installed, which reserved Windows 10, will begin to receive an update to the next version of the OS.
Against the background of the recent news regarding the update (sometimes contradicting each other), users were most likely to have various kinds of questions, some of which have an official Microsoft answer, and some are not. In this article I will try to outline and answer the questions about Windows 10 that I think are important.
Is Windows 10 Free
Yes, for systems licensed with Windows 8.1 (or upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1) and Windows 7, upgrading to Windows 10 for the first year will be free. If during the first year after the release of the system you do not upgrade, you will need to purchase it in the future.
Some perceive this information as "a year after the update, you will need to pay for using the OS." No, this is not so, if during the first year you upgraded to Windows 10 for free, then in the future you will not be required to pay, either after a year or two (in any case, for versions of the Home and Pro OS).
What happens with the Windows 8.1 and 7 license after the upgrade
When upgrading, your license of the previous OS version is “converted” to the Windows 10 license. However, within 30 days after the upgrade, you can roll back the system: in this case, you will again receive the license 8.1 or 7.
However, after 30 days, the license will be finally “assigned” to Windows 10 and, in the event of a system rollback, it will not be able to be activated with the key that was used previously.
How exactly the rollback will be organized - the Rollback function (as in Windows 10 Insider Preview) or otherwise, is still unknown. If you assume the likelihood that you will not like the new system, I recommend that you create a backup manually beforehand - you can create an image of the system using the built-in tools of the OS, third-party programs, or use the built-in recovery image on a computer or laptop.
I also recently met the free EaseUS System GoBack utility, created specifically for rolling back from Windows 10 after the update, I was going to write about it, but during the check I found out that it works crookedly, I do not recommend it.
Will I receive the July 29th update
Is not a fact. As well as with the appearance of the “Reserve Windows 10” icon on compatible systems, which was extended in time, the update may not be received at the same time on all systems, which is associated with a large number of computers and high bandwidth required to deliver update to all of them.
"Get Windows 10" - why do I need to reserve an update
Recently, the Get Windows 10 icon has appeared on compatible computers in the notification area, allowing you to reserve a new OS. What is it for?
All that happens after the system is backed up is pre-loading some of the files necessary for updating before the system exits so that the opportunity to update appears faster at the time of exit.
Nevertheless, such a backup is not necessary for updating and does not affect the right to get Windows 10 for free. Moreover, I met quite reasonable recommendations not to update immediately after the release, but to wait a couple of weeks - a month before all the first defects are fixed.
How to perform a clean install of Windows 10
According to official Microsoft information, after the upgrade, you can also perform a clean installation of Windows 10 on the same computer. It will also be possible to create bootable flash drives and disks for installing or reinstalling Windows 10.
As far as one can judge, the official possibility of creating distributions will either be built into the system or available with some additional program like the Windows Installation Media Creation Tool.
Optional: if you are using a 32-bit system, the update will also be 32-bit. However, after it you can install Windows 10 x64 with the same license.
Will all programs and games work in Windows 10
In general terms, everything that worked in Windows 8.1 will start and work in Windows 10 in the same way. All your files and installed programs will also remain after the update, and in case of incompatibility, you will be notified about this in the Get Windows application 10 "(compatibility information can be obtained in it by pressing the menu button at the top left and selecting" Check your computer ".
However, theoretically, problems may arise with the launch or operation of a program: for example, when using the latest builds of Insider Preview, I refuse to work with NVIDIA Shadow Play to record a screen.
Perhaps these are all the questions that I have identified as important for myself, but if you have additional questions, I will be happy to answer them in the comments. I also recommend looking at the official Windows 10 Q & A page on Microsoft