Windows 10 has been in public beta testing for several months now, and the response has been good. It seems that Microsoft has brought back the Desktop and Start Menu we all became accustomed to up to Windows 7 – as well as a bunch of other great features.
Some of my favourite features include support for iOS apps; the new Spartan browser to replace Internet Explorer and full touch-screen and mobile support that Windows 8 never really offered.
If Newegg’s information is anything to go by, Windows 10 should be available as an update or purchase from Microsoft at the end of August this year. Microsoft are yet to announce the release date, so the date published (perhaps accidentally) on Newegg’s website is still classified as leaked information.
However, given that it has been several hours and the news of the leaked date has flooded the industry, Newegg are yet to take it down – so the date could be official and be shortly announced by the Redmond company.
For those who are eligible for the free update, you should see a popup banner on your Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 machine notifying you to reserve your copy. If this pop-up has not appeared for you, you can manually force it to do so by following the steps below:
Step 1: Open Control Panel.
Step 2: Open Administrative Tools.
Step 3: Open Task Scheduler.
Step 4: Expand on the left “Task Scheduler Library”.
Step 5: Expand Microsoft.
Step 6: Expand Windows.
Step 7: Scroll down and Expand Setup.
Step 8: Click the folder “GWXTriggers”.
Step 9: On the far right is a bunch of options Click “Run”.
That’s all there is to it. You should now receive a confirmation email telling you that your copy of Windows 10 has been reserved. It’s time to sit back, relax and wait for the release. Once it’s out, you’ll be able to download your copy and install it at your convenience. For those on limited bandwidth plans, please note the download will be approximately 3GB.