Now that July 29, the date when the Windows 10 upgrade will apply, is near Microsoft has announced that besides those who use Windows RT, Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 people who have Windows XP or Windows Vista can also can get the Windows 10 upgrade for free.
It is a good thing that Microsoft took this decision since it would not have been fair to disfavor those who have older versions of Windows. Besides the company did not have a great success with the rollout of Windows 8 since a large number of users chose to stick to the older versions rather than getting the upgrade. So Microsoft somehow must make up for this. Moreover nowadays Microsoft can be seen as the only company that earns money from its operating systems. Apple upgrade its operating systems free of charge for all the users and those who want can choose to get a free Linux distribution. So basically the latest version of Windows is not necessarily a must have.
The company has also announced the exact procedure for those who want the Windows 10 upgrade. It seems that event though all versions of Windows are eligible for the upgrade you still have to download the Insider Preview 10130. Microsoft explained that you must have your PC connected with your Microsoft Account Windows.
“You’ll need to connect the MSA that you registered for the Windows Insider Program with (and accepted the “Microsoft Windows Insider Program Agreement”) in order to continue receiving new Windows 10 Insider Preview builds (both Fast and Slow rings) from Windows Update.”
In addition the company wrote in its blog that technical previews like builds 10130 are not likely to be available forever. Those who are indeed interested and want to make use of the free upgrade should install the Windows 10 Insider Preview as soon as possible.
This is due to the fact that for now all preview builds are automatically selected, but when Windows 10 will be automatically released the opt-in feature of the Insider Program will no longer be the same. Users will be required to have a Microsoft Account in order to register in the Insider Program and opt in.
After July 29 Windows Insiders are allowed to test new features before they are launched, whereas most of the other users will use the released version until the next major update is available.
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