Microsoft Starts Singing the Windows 10 Siren Song
NEWS ANALYSIS: Microsoft has put everything in place to start the Windows 10 upgrade process, but whether you will be able to successfully convert all your hardware could be another story.Go to the Microsoft Website starting on July 13, and the message is clear. Upgrade time is near, and the company wants you to think about upgrading everything about your world, not just your copy of Windows. The Upgrade Your World link takes you to a list of nine extremely worthwhile charities, all of which deserve your support, and a chance to play a role in choosing a tenth charity. Of course there's more to it than that. There's also a link to the Windows 10 free upgrade page that shows you how to register for the upgrades that will start arriving on July 29. That day, which apparently is World Upgrade Day, will see automatic upgrades to Windows 10 being sent to users in 190 countries, according to a blog entry by Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft. For people who have registered with Microsoft—which probably includes most people with Windows 7 Pro as well as other versions of Windows 7, and for Windows 8.1—the upgrades will likely happen via Windows Update. The same is true of people who have been participating in the Windows Insider program, which means they've been testing the preview version for a while, perhaps since as long ago as fall of 2014.
But that won't happen for everyone. If you have the Enterprise version of Windows, then the upgrade will come at the hands of your system administrator. Others may find that they'll need to ask for physical media or to download an ISO file so they can create physical media. This will apply to computers that are incapable of connecting to the Internet or where connections aren't up to supporting a download.