Windows 10 is here, the free upgrade is rolling out to users, and you can also update using the official ISOs
It is finally here folks! Microsoft has released Windows 10.
If you have previously registered for the free upgrade using the Get Windows 10 App (GWX), the app will automatically download Windows 10 on your computer, and will notify you that the new operating system is ready to be installed.
As we told you yesterday, the update is already being rolled out to users across the Globe. You may find the installation files in the $windows.~BT folder, but do not attempt to run the setup.exe in it, as it is reported to delete the folder.
Windows 10 ISOs are now available for download:
Microsoft has also released the ISOs for Windows 10 for download. This will be especially useful for users who wish to upgrade multiple PCs to Windows 10, and also for those who do not have a broadband connection. You can download it using a better connection and use the ISO to upgrade. So, this is quite a welcome move.
Whatever you do, just Do NOT make a clean install of Windows 10. You will need to upgrade from your genuine licensed version of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to Windows 10. And, I also advise taking a backup of your data before upgrading to avoid any issues, whilst installing.
Get the Windows 10 Download Tool from the official Microsoft website. I recommend going through the system requirements before downloading the ISO. And also make sure to choose from the 32-bit and 64-bit version according to the bit version of Windows your computer has. If you are unsure, go to “Control Panel” and click on “System”, if it says 64-bit, then obviously you have the 64-bit edition installed, else you have the 32-bit version.
Run the Windows 10 Download Tool, (it is actually called Media Creation Tool), and it should display a screen like the one shown below.
You can choose to upgrade your PC directly to Windows 10, but it is the second option which is more useful. You can download the Windows 10 ISO using that, and after it had been downloaded, you can create a bootable USB (Thumb drive, Flash Drive, Memory Stick or Pen drive, whatever you like to call it), or a bootable DVD, and can use it to upgrade your PC to Windows 10.
The external media option is also safer, because even if the update fails the first time, you will not have to re-download the entire set of files again.
How to force the Windows 10 Update to download:
Click on the Start Button and type cmd.
Right click on command prompt and select “Run as administrator”
Copy the following command and paste it into the command prompt window
Head over to Windows Update, and it should begin downloading Windows 10 on your PC. (courtesy: Microsoft News)
Word on the internet, is that Final Build of Windows 10 being rolled out to users is Windows 10 Build 10240, which is the RTM version, released to Windows Insiders earlier this month. I have also written up a small hands on performance review of Build 10240.
Happy Windows 10 day!