When will you get your Windows 10 upgrade?

Windows 10I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to Windows 10.

But with only five days left to wait, anyone that’s looking forward to Windows 10 may be wondering how Microsoft is going to handle the roll-out.

Sure, users have been able to reserve their Windows 10 upgrade for a while now, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll get it on July 29th – the day it’s officially released. Or does it?

When will you get your Windows 10 upgrade?

As it turns out, Microsoft plans on rolling out Windows 10 upgrades in stages:

  1. Stage 1: Microsoft Insiders will get Windows 10 first. That makes sense since Insiders already have the Windows 10 Preview and have been using the new OS for a while now. (This also gives Microsoft the chance to put out any last-minute fires without angering a lot of people.)
  2. Stage 2: Microsoft will begin upgrading users that reserved a copy of Windows 10, likely starting with systems that are expected to be the least problematic. (Those of you with brand new hardware may not be easy upgrades. Take note, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti owners!)
  3. Stage 3: Windows 10 will be available to manufacturers & retailers, meaning you can buy a new PC with Windows 10 installed. FYI: The actual availability / shipping dates may vary from vendor to vendor.
  4. Stage 4: Users that didn’t participate in the Microsoft Insider program or reserve their upgrade will finally be able to grab their copy of Windows 10 via Windows Update.

A few tips for when you upgrade…

  • Backup your data before upgrading: Your upgrade should go fairly smoothly, however, It’s better to be safe than sorry. Make sure that you backup your files BEFORE upgrading to Windows 10.
  • Expect a large file – Windows 10 is a several GB gigabytes in size, which may take a while to download depending on your internet speed.
  • Allow time to install – Likewise, the amount of time it takes to install Windows 10 depends on your computer. Installation times can range from 30 minutes to several hours.
  • Don’t be too surprised if there are hiccups – There’s a good chance that Microsoft will iron out any issues during the initial Insider roll-out stage, but glitches are to be expected with a new OS release.
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