Windows 10 is launching tomorrow, but it may already be downloading on your PC today
Microsoft is officially launching Windows 10 tomorrow, after several months of testing the preview builds of the operating system.
The upgrade to Windows 10, is free for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users with a genuine license of Windows, as long as they upgrade to 10m within a year.
After which, the systems will continue to get Windows Updates for the lifetime of the device.
You may be aware that Microsoft released an optional Windows Update for the above mentioned eligible users, in April, which was a silent downloader of Windows 10. This was later found to be the Get Windows 10 App (GWX), which asked users to reserve their free upgrade to Windows 10.
Earlier this month, the Redmond Company had hinted that members of the Windows Insider Program will be among the first to get Windows 10. Note the word “among”, it is of the utmost importance here.
Microsoft had also revealed that the free upgrade to Windows 10 will be pushed out to eligible Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users users who had registered for the upgrade, in phases, i.e., it would be rolled out gradually to all users.
But now that we are on the eve of the launch day, it appears that the company has other plans. Windows Insiders have been getting a barrage of Windows Updates, including KB, there has been no word of a new build releasing to the tester community.
While it is not yet July 29th, Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users who registered for the free upgrade are reporting that their computers have begun downloading Windows 10 already. The above screenshot is from one such user, who sent the image to Microsoft News. (Its a bit blurry, but we have no choice about that).
The Windows 10 setup files are apparently being downloaded to the $windows.~BT folder, which is almost 6GB in size. I checked my computers for the folders, and neither does my laptop running Windows 10 Build 10240, nor my desktop running Windows 7 Pro (with the update reserved) have that folder.
Some users are reporting that the update, is being downloaded to the regular Windows Update folder, “C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution”, and that the files are being moved to the aforementioned ~BT folder, after the entire set of Windows 10 installation files are downloaded. But even this folder is missing from my computers.
If you do have the folder do not attempt to run the setup.exe. Because this has been reported to delete all the files, and your PC may have to re-download Windows 10’s setup files again, which would waste time and precious bandwidth.