Windows 10 – what to do (based on what we currently know)

Microsoft will release Windows 10 on 29th July.  At the time of writing, this is supposed to be the last full release of Windows, with future versions coming as updates. 

If you have a legitimate copy of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, you may have noticed a new icon on your taskbar, beside the clock in the bottom right hand corner (usually). It looks like this if you put the mouse pointer over it but don’t click it:


If you do click it, you will be asked to register for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it is available, by following the instructions on this screen:


All you really need to do at this stage is give Microsoft your email address in order to get on the list for the upgrade.  You will receive a confirming email to tell you that you have been added.

Not all those who have opted for the upgrade will receive it at the end of July.  The details are currently vague and changing from day to day (nice to see that Microsoft are well organised!) but it seems that there is to be a gradual roll out.  We don’t as yet know who will get what, when, but will advise as we know ourselves.

The upgrade is legitimately free, and this is not a scam.  The offer lasts for one year, and as stated above applies only to those using Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 with a legitimate licence.  The new software will cost £100.00 after the offer ends, or for anyone who doesn’t qualify for it.

As this is a fundemental change to how your computer will work, we would strongly advise making a comprehensive backup of all important data and settings before you make any attempt to upgrade.  In theory it should all go smoothly, but it is always better to be safe then sorry when making big changes to any system.

If you aren’t sure what to do, or need help with this upgrade, please contact us for help.



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