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Windows 10 is releasing in 30 days from today, here is a look back at how it evolved

Windows 10 is releasing in 30 days from today, here is a look back at how it evolved

by AshwinJune 29, 2015

Windows 10 is releasing in 30 days from today, and lets step back in time, to see how the operating system has evolved.


Microsoft released the first “Technical Preview” of Windows 10, in October 2014.

The company delighted users, by bringing back the Start Menu in Windows 10.

The Redmond Company announced in January, that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7, and 8.x users. Along with that bot of great news, it also demoed a new light weight browser, codenamed as Project Spartan. It was released to the public in March, and was later christened as Microsoft Edge.

In April, the company began pushing a Windows Update to computers running on the older operating systems. This update enabled an app called GWX (Get Windows 10), which would download Windows 10 on the  computers. We reported about this when the app began asking users to reserve their free upgrade.

Get Windows 10 App - GWX

If you haven’t got the GWX app on your PC yet, follow this simple guide to enable the app.

Only users with a valid license of Windows 7 or 8.x, will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. There was a long standing debate, on whether the members of the Windows Insider Program, would be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 or not.

Several reports indicated that Microsoft would allow Insiders, to upgrade to the final build of Windows 10, even if they do not have a valid license for Windows 7 or 8.x. The Redmond Company finally broke its silence, and revealed that this was not the case.

Windows Insiders will not get a free upgrade to Windows 10, but they will continue to receive Windows 10 Preview Builds beyond the launch date of the final release of the operating system. These preview builds will also auto-expire after a certain time, if the user does not update to a more recent preview build.

Windows 10 will be launched on July 29th. If you updated from a previous licensed version of Windows (7 or 8.x), to Windows 10 Insider Preview, you should sign in to your <Microsoft Account on the PC,  and you are all set to receive the update.

If you installed Windows 10 as a clean install, you are in for a rough ride. You will have to downgrade back to your previous version of Windows, and need to activate it. After doing so, you may stay on the older OS, until July 29th, and upgrade directly to the final release of Windows 10. Or you can just upgrade to a preview build again.