So the last version of Windows will be released for download in a few days time. I have put together a couple of things to help you make your decision about if and when you should try it.
Windows 10 is a free download for any systems running a licensed version of MS Windows 7 or 8.1 (excluding Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1). You will only be able to obtain the same version (ie Home, Professional etc.) that exists on your Windows 7 or 8.1 system. The free upgrade offer will only be available for 12 months, then after that, you will need to purchase the upgrade.
If you have Windows 8 on your machine, it is recommended you upgrade to version 8.1 as soon as possible. The upgrade from Version 8 to 8.1 is also free via the Windows 8 Store. Windows 7 systems should also be running Service Pack 1 (SP1), which can be downloaded from the Microsoft website free of charge.
The download of Windows 10 will be approximately 3Gb depending on the version of Windows that exists on your device. This download will be part of your monthly download limit and it is recommended to have a decent broadband connection.
I recommend that you check your system manufacturer’s website prior to upgrading to Windows 10, to ensure the system you are upgrading is compliant and will function correctly after the upgrade. There may also be updated drivers which may be required after upgrade.
Listed below are the Windows Offer details from Microsoft:
Yes, free! This upgrade offer is for a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. 3GB download required; standard data rates apply. To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.
* Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices, including devices you already own. Some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device and market. The availability of Windows 10 upgrade for Windows Phone 8.1 devices may vary by OEM, mobile operator or carrier. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside of this offer. To check for compatibility and other important installation information, visit your device manufacturer’s website and the Windows 10 Specifications page. Additional requirements may apply over time for updates. Security and features are kept automatically up-to-date which is always enabled. See the Windows 10 How to Upgrade page for details.
- Hardware dependent.
- Cortana available in select global markets at launch; experience may vary by region and device.
- App availability and experience may vary by market; some content sold separately.
- Accessories may be sold separately.
- Broadband internet required for some features (ISP fees apply). Xbox Live features only available with supported games in Xbox Live-supported countries, see xbox.com/live/countries. Limited number of games available in 2015 that support cross-device play; additional games to follow. Stream to one device at a time; streaming with multiplayer from Xbox One requires home network connection and Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately); Gold also required for multiplayer play on Xbox One. DirectX 12 only available with supported games and graphics chips. Game DVR only available with supported hardware. To check for compatibility and other important installation information, visit your device manufacturer’s website and the Windows 10 Specifications page. Xbox One, PC/Tablet and Phone versions of games all sold separately.