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It's official: Microsoft says you can download the final version of Windows 10 on July 29

Mark Hachman | June 2, 2015
However, Microsoft notes that the date applies just to PCs and tablets.

Does that mean that Newegg, which put a page up claiming that Windows 10 would be available in store at the end of August, was mistaken? Not necessarily. It's entirely possible that Microsoft will ship a finished copy to stores a month after it sends the same version to retailers. Microsoft said nothing about the price it would charge for Windows 10 at retail.

How to reserve Windows 10 on Windows 7 and 8.1

If you're worried about missing your chance to download Windows 10 on July 29, don't be. For one, you can always join the Windows Insider program, allowing you to download a preview copy of the OS and try out the new features as they're tweaked and polished ahead of the launch.

Otherwise, you should be receiving a popup notification that's triggered by the latest updates to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. You'll have the option of clicking on the popup to trigger the reservation process and ensure that your PC downloads the Windows 10 update, which will be free for up to a year after it launches. Interestingly, the updates will also scan your PC and alert you to any possible problems that you might have--such as incompatible hardware or services--when the upgrade kicks off. In all, the upgrade will total 3GB, Microsoft's update says.

Once you've completed the process, though, relax! You can be sure you'll have a brand new copy of Windows 10 running on your PC just as soon as everyone else does.

 

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