Upgrade path for Windows Insiders revealed, members will get the General Availability build of Windows 10 on July 29th
Microsoft has confirmed the Upgrade path for Windows Insiders.
Yesterday, Microsoft had announced that it will be releasing Windows 10 on July 29th.
And now, the company has confirmed that members of the Windows Insider Program will get the General Availability build of Windows 10 on launch day.
Prior to this announcement, it was unclear how Windows Insiders would receive the final version of Windows 10. There was confusion amongst users who speculated that they would have to roll back to their licensed version of Windows to receive the free upgrade.
However, it is now clear that Microsoft will allow Windows Insiders with a valid license of Windows 7/8.x to upgrade from the Preview Builds of Windows 10 to the General Availability build, without the need for uninstalling or downgrading to their previous operating system. This also means that Windows Insiders will be the first to receive the final version of Windows 10.
Additionally, Neowin reports that users who receive the General Availability Build will be given the option to choose which channel they want to continue to be in. Users can either choose to stay in the Insider Preview Channel or switch to the Stable channel. Microsoft has already confirmed that the Windows Insider program will continue beyond the final release of Windows 10, and users can install the Preview Builds as and when they are released. The Redmond Company will be adding more features to Windows 10, based on user feedback, from the Windows insider community.
Microsoft is offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users, for the first yeat. To prepare for this free upgrade offer, the Redmond Company had released an optional Windows update for Windows 7/8.x users. This was meant to initiate an upgrader app called GWX, or Get Windows 10.
The GWX app is a reservation app, which has been pushed out to Windows 7/8.x users, and asks the user to enter their email address to register for the free upgrade to Windows 10. Users can also check their reservation status, and also cancel it, if needed, right from the app. The GWX app will ensure that Microsoft reaches out to as many users as possible, and offer the free Windows 10 upgrade to them. Microsoft expects over 1 Billion users to upgrade to Windows 10.
When Microsoft releases Windows 10 on July 29th, the GWX app will download the new OS, and make the upgrade process easier for users. The Redmond company will continue to support Windows as a service, with regular updates, instead of a major OS release every few years.