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Windows 10 upgrade roadmap for Windows 7 and 8.1 explained

Windows 10 upgrade roadmap for Windows 7 and 8.1 explained

by AshwinApril 22, 2015

A couple of days ago, AMD’s CEO Lisa Su, spilled the beans that Microsoft would be releasing Windows 10 in late July.

We already reported many times, about how the Redmond company is offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade to PCs running on Windows 7 and 8.1.

A few weeks ago, Microsoft released an optional patch for Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs, which installed a silent downloader for Windows 10. The KB3035583 update is believed to download Windows 10 once it is released, in July.

The official description for the patch reads:

“This update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user. It applies to a computer that is running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

But that is not all, the update has files with the word GWX in their names. GWX stands for “Get Windows 10”. The GWX Folder has an XML file which serves as a roadmap of the phases in which the update will be installed.

Softpedia reports that ZDNet’s Ed Bott has discovered how the upgrade will be delivered.

(This only applies to PCs which have installed the optional update mentioned above.)

The update consists of several phases, with the first one being “Anticipation UX.” This will cause a prompt to appear on the screen, to let the user know that Windows 10 is coming. These pop-ups could begin appearing around June or in early July.

It will be followed by the second phase, Reservation. This is believed to offer the user a choice to upgrade to Windows 10 or decline it. It will also showcase some of the features of Windows 10 in a bid to lure the user to upgrade.

The phases which follow it will be triggered once the final version of Windows 10 is launched. The phases will include upgrading to, downloading and installation of Windows 10, and all steps involved in between and up to the first boot of the new OS.

Naturally, the final build will be pushed to the members of the Windows Insider Program first, before it is rolled out to the general public.

The Windows 10 upgrade will be offered through Windows Update and will be rolled out slowly in the months following the release, i.e (July and August), to reduce the Redmond companies’ servers from being overloaded. This could be helped by the Peer-to-peer updates which Microsoft has introduced in the Technical Preview of Windows 10.

Microsoft is already working on the next update for Windows 10, codenamed Windows Redstone. It is set to be released in July 2016, and is said to include features which have been cut from the RTM release.