Microsoft has confirmed the availability of Windows 10, and the official release of the highly-anticipated new operating system. The company will begin rolling out Windows 10 in 190 countries and 111 languages on July 29th.
Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users can pre-register for their free Windows 10 upgrade by clicking the Windows logo that will have appeared on the right-hand side of their taskbar.
However, clicking the button does not necessarily mean they will get Windows 10 on July 29th. The update will first be rolled out to the 4.4 million people who have taken part in the Windows Insider program.
Microsoft will then begin notifying people who have reserved their copy of Windows 10 in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th. Once a copy becomes available, Microsoft will scan the user’s computer to check if it is compatible, and then download Windows 10 automatically.
If the user’s system is not yet ready to be upgraded to Windows 10, Microsoft will provide more details during the upgrade process. In some cases, users will need to contact an application provider or device manufacturer to learn more.
The update is free to anyone with a registered version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 who opts in within a year. Anyone who is still on Windows 8 will have to upgrade to Windows 8.1 to qualify for the free upgrade.