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Happy Windows 10 launch day everybody. Yip, the day many have been waiting for has arrived and now you can get yourself a copy of the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system. But we’re pretty sure you will have some questions, so let us try and help you right here.

Windows 10 is being called a “new era” for Microsoft and is a free upgrade to almost everyone that already has Windows installed. Rather than release another standalone operating system in the future to replace Windows 10, Microsoft’s immediate plans will be to update the software regularly.

The real selling point of Windows 10 is the new web browser (called Edge), a familiar but visually improved interface, returning features, Cortana (although not in all regions, so that means not in South Africa), one Store to rule them all, a future with HoloLens and the fact that it is multi-platform.

A few things to note about the release of Windows 10:

  • Not everyone will get access to the download at the same time today. To prevent the internet from breaking, Microsoft Insiders will have access first, followed by those that have reserved the operating system upgrade. The third wave will be everyone else.
  • You may find that upgrading to Windows 10 will be determined by whether manufacturers have updated their hardware drivers to work with the OS. This is determined by a diagnostics test of your machine.
  • Windows 10 is an upgrade, not a new install.
  • It is recommended that you back up your data before doing the upgrade, but this is not essential.
  • Your applications should all move with you – as long as you have correctly signed in to Windows.
  • If, for any reason, you want to return to your older Windows, there is a 30 day rollback option.
  • You will not need much more hard drive space than Windows 7 and Windows 8 used. According to the install size is between 9GB and 11GB on your hard drive.
  • Multiple installations (on multiple devices) should rather be done using the standard upgrade method.

Answers via The Techie Guy interview with Microsoft SA.

Important Windows 10 Questions

  • What happens if you DON’T upgrade today?

You can do so tomorrow. Or the day after if you prefer.

  • How long do you have to upgrade?

Access to the free update will be available for 12 months, so you have until 29 July 2016 if you prefer. If you leave it until after this period to upgrade, then you will need to buy Windows 10 in one  of its retail options: ‘Windows 10 Home’ ($119.99) or ‘Windows 10 Pro’ ($199.99).

  • Will it always be free?

Current Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users will be able to continue using Windows 10 for free after the first year, although there are still some terms and conditions that are to be revealed around this. Windows XP, Windows Vista and pirates will need to buy a final version of Windows 10.

Windows 10 FAQs

These pieces of vital additional information are from the FAQ:

  • How do I get my free upgrade?

You can do one of two things:

  1. Buy a new device with Windows 10 already on it, or a new Windows 8.1 device and upgrade it to Windows 10 for free, or
  2. Upgrade your existing Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 PC for free

Not every device will run every feature of Windows 10. Be sure to check with your manufacturer before purchasing. Additional details on upgrade qualifications are below and on the Windows 10 specifications page.

  • How do I upgrade my existing device?

Upgrading is simple:

  1. Reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade now in the Get Windows 10 app
  2. Upgrade when you get the notification that Windows 10 has downloaded and is ready for your device.
  • What is the Get Windows 10 app?

Get Windows 10 is an app designed to make the upgrade process easy. It checks to make sure your device is compatible, has information to help you learn about the features in Windows 10, and allows you to begin your free upgrade to Windows 10.

For devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 Update with Windows Update enabled, the app shows up automatically as a Windows icon in your system tray at the bottom right-hand side of your screen.

[If this is not visible to you, you can troubleshoot here]

Let us know if you're planning to upgrade to Windows 10 - or if you have already - in the comments below. Let us know what you think of the latest edition of Windows.

Sources: The Techie Guy | Forbes | BBC | Windows Blog

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