If you have a computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8, you are probably seeing a new icon in the bottom corner of the screen.  What is it all about?

Windows users started seeing the this notification in their system tray beginning on June 1.

Windows users started seeing the this notification in their system tray beginning on June 1.

It means Windows 10 is coming.

Microsoft’s newest operating system is coming July 29, 2015 and they started announcing it Monday June 1. Here are some questions and their answers concerning Windows 10.

Do I want Windows 10?

That depends. If you currently have Windows 7, you probably want Windows 10. If you currently have Windows 8, you definitely want Windows 10. Windows 8 is pretty much universally considered a flop. Early reviews of Windows 10 are quite positive, saying it combines the best features of Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Just click on the box to reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10

Just click on the box to reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10

What ever happened to Windows 9?

Microsoft decided to skip number 9 and went straight to 10.

How much does Windows 10 cost?

For now, Windows 10 is available at the low, low price of FREE. If you have a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8 you are eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10.

Your Windows 10 reservation is confirmed. You can provide your email address to Microsoft for an email confirmation.

Your Windows 10 reservation is confirmed. You can provide your email address to Microsoft for an email confirmation.

How do I get my copy of Windows 10?

Right now Microsoft is only taking “reservations” for Windows 10. Click on the notification and you can reserve your copy. When Windows 10 becomes  available on July 29 it will be automatically downloaded to your computer.

What is this about “internet service fees may apply”, I thought it was free?

Windows 10 IS free, but Microsoft is distributing it though a download, not by mailing you a CD. To get Windows 10 you have to download a 3 GB (Gigabyte); depending on your Internet Service Provider, you may be charged for downloading such a large file if you have a very low download limit.

All done, your copy of Windows 10 is reserved.

All done, your copy of Windows 10 is reserved.

If I reserve my copy and I decide I don’t want it after all, what happens?

Nothing, you are under no obligation to install Windows 10 when it is publically released. But if you want your free copy just in case, you need to reserve it now.

How much will Windows 10 cost if it isn’t reserved?

Microsoft is reporting that Windows 10 will be priced at $119 – $199 depending on the particular version you require. This will apply only to people who aren’t eligible for the free upgrade or don’t reserve their copy in time.

How long do I have to reserve my copy?

It isn’t clear when the reservation cut off will happen.  PCTechs recommends reserving your copy at your earliest convenience, after all it takes only 30 seconds.

Is my computer compatible with Windows 10?

If you are currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8 then yes, your computer can run Windows 10

My computer is running Windows XP, what about me?

Unfortunately your computer is too out of date and not capable of running Windows 10. You will have to upgrade to a new(er) computer. Contact PCTechs and we can price some Windows 10 compatible computers for you.

I want Windows 10 but I don’t feel comfortable installing it myself. Can PCTechs install it for me?

Of course, we would be happy to upgrade your computer to Windows 10. Just reserve your copy of Windows 10 now and we will set up an appointment in early August to install it for you.

 

 

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