How to get Windows 10

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The final version of Windows 10 is now available with some exciting new features like Cortana digital assistant, Microsoft Edge browser, new start menu etc. Windows user interface has also gotten a fresh look. To enjoy all of these stuffs, you need to install Windows 10 on your computer (or tablet). Here is how to get it.

Free Upgrades for Qualified Windows Users

If you own a PC with genuine Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 operating system, you can get Windows 10 upgrade for free anytime within the next 1 year from its release date. If you’ve updated your PC operating system regularly, you should see a small White Windows icon at the right side of the task bar.

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It is a signal that your device is eligible to get the Windows 10 upgrade. Click that icon and reserve your free upgrade. Enter your email address there to get a confirmation of the reservation. This app will show you notification when the upgrade is ready to download and install.

Microsoft servers might need some times to reach every user one by one. You can skip the queue by manually triggering the update switch. Just turn on the automatic update feature from PC Settings/ Control Panel. Then run the command prompt as an administrator. Now enter the following command:

wuauclt.exe/updatenow

It should start downloading Windows 10. This method may work only if you have reserved an upgrade.

Using Free As a Windows Insider

Windows beta testers, aka Windows Insiders could use Windows 10 for free. I’ve already described the free Windows 10 way in another article. Please find the process here.

For Having a Fresh Install

Those who have a genuine copy of Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1, can use those license credentials to have a fresh Windows 10 installation. But before going to get a clean install to leave existing Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, please read this helpful trick, because your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 product key might not work readily with Windows 10. It needs some tricks. Have you opened the post? Okay, now download the Windows 10 ISO file from this official source and create a bootable media with it. Then install the OS on your PC.

If you don’t have a Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 license, and you are not going to be a beta tester, you can still use Windows 10 by purchasing it. The newly purchased Windows 10 license keys will work instantly, so you would not need any trick like the upper instance. Please visit this Microsoft Store link to purchase Windows 10. And yes, Windows 10 pre-loaded computers are also coming to market. Contact your nearest stores to buy a new machine with the latest operating system. That’s it how to get Windows 10!

Please share your Windows 10 experience with us. Thank you!

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Arafat Bin Sultan

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