Finally! Microsoft has broken its silence over Windows 10 General Availability (GA) and is now all set to release the OS on July 29th. The Windows maker has also detailed Windows 10 system requirements and upgrade paths in a lengthy post on its Windows blog.
As announced earlier, Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade for first year for all users who are running genuine or non-genuine copy of Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1 on their computers. However, a non-genuine copy of Windows 10 won’t be activated automatically, and users will have to buy the license for the same. Hence, all users can upgrade their PCs for free until July 29, 2016.
To offer a free upgrade, Microsoft has recently pushed a “Get Windows 10” tool via Windows Update – pops up in system tray – and allows you to reserve a free copy of Windows 10. Once the registration process is done, the tool will automatically download the new OS when it is available in late July.
Additionally, Microsoft has reiterated all unique features to lure more and more users to adopt the new OS, which include Cortana, the Edge browser, Virtual Desktops, reinvented Start menu, Continuum, Windows Hello, new Icons, new Windows Store, Universal apps such as Office, Xbox, Mail, Calendar, Photos, Music, Movies and TV and many more.
The Redmond giant has also detailed the minimum system requirements for Windows 10 that are exactly same as Windows 8’s and almost same as Windows 7’s except a few feature specific hardware requirements. In general, here’s what it takes:
- Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
- RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
- Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
- Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
- Display: 1024×600
In addition, here’s a quick and summarized view of all possible upgrade scenarios for Windows 10 SKUs.
Meanwhile, Newegg has started preorders for OEM versions of Windows 10 Home for $109.99 and Windows 10 Pro for $149.99 with availability starting August 31st. If it turns out to be true, small manufacturers may get their hands on Windows 10 by the end of August, and it will allow them to make the most of the back-to-school season, especially in the United States.