It was clear that Windows 10 will launch at some time in summer, but so far no specific date was known, until now. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore has confirmed the 29th of July.
If you already own a device running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you most likely already know that your machine is eligible to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it launches July 29. That free upgrade offer will last for a year after that date, but which Windows 10 SKU will you get for that free upgrade? We tell you.
Microsoft has revealed that information on their Windows 10 specification page. If you own a PC with Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home or Windows 7 Home Premium, Microsoft will give your machine an upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Owners with Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate will get Windows 10 Professional.
Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 with Bing users will get Windows 10 Home, while Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro for Students owners will be upgraded to Windows 10 Professional. As Microsoft has previously announced, owners of Windows RT devices like the Surface RT and Surface 2 won’t get a free upgrade to Windows 10, although they are supposed to get some kind of update that will add some of Windows 10’s features, but which ones is not sure yet..
But is your computer even ready for an upgrade? Here are the hardware requirements.
This here are the very basic things you will require to be able to run Windows 10 on a Windows 7 and/or a Windows 8.1 PC and want to get the free upgrade:
- OS: Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Upgrade
- 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
Microsoft also lets us know that beyond the above listed system requirements, there are the one or another thing that might prevent your computer from running Windows 10, including “driver and firmware support, application compatibility, and feature support”. It adds:
- For Anti-virus and Anti-malware applications, during upgrade Windows will check to see if your Anti-virus or Anti-malware subscription is current. Windows will uninstall your application while preserving your settings. After upgrade is complete, Windows will install the latest version available with the settings that were set prior to upgrade. If your subscription is not current, upgrade will enable Windows defender.
- Some applications that came from your OEM may be removed prior to upgrade.
- For certain third party applications, the “Get Windows 10” app will scan for application compatibility. If there is a known issue that will prevent the upgrade, you will be notified of the list of applications with known issues. You can choose to accept and the applications will be removed from the system prior to upgrade. Please be sure to copy the list before you accept the removal of the application.
I have tested the Windows Insider version already and can’t wait to have the full version running in July. Finally, there are certain features Windows 10 has that will require more than just the basic system requirements in order for them to work: Continue reading Windows 10 to roll out on July 29 – Here is what you need to know!