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Free Windows 10 Upgrade for some

Windows 10 is coming on 29 July 2015.

WOW! Yes you read right, Microsoft are offering a FREE upgrade to their latest (yet to be released) Windows 10 Operating System.

Those who are eligible are Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8 (with 8.1 update) users who have registered their Windows version with Microsoft.

To get the FREE upgrade you need to register with Microsoft.

How do you know if you are eligible?
On June 1st 2015 a small notification icon appeared in the bottom right corner of your screen – that area is called the “Tray Icon area”.

The icon should look like this example here.

new tray icon notification for win 10 upgrade

new tray icon notification for win 10 upgrade

Right Click your mouse over the new notification icon and you should see the options available.

right click notification icon for win 10 upgrade

right click notification icon for win 10

Ok – not knowing just what will happen I clicked on “Get Windows  10”, which explains the process quite well.

How this free upgrade to windows 10 works

How this free upgrade to windows 10 works – screen snap

Please note that this screen snap was taken on 3rd June and things may change over time.

Also check the caution we see on this page (bottom right). If you have limited broadband plans, this might not be a good option as 3Gb is required to download it, and this may cost excessively with your ISP.
At this stage we don’t know if the upgrade will be offered any other way.

From what we have been able to find out from Microsoft the release date will be 29th July 2015.
(this may change).

Some Cautions for you to consider:

COMPATABILITY: It would be a good idea to make sure your computer  and peripherals; such as Printer, scanner, multi-function units, GPS, phones and anything that you rely on to connect will be compatible with Windows 10.
Here is a Microsoft link to Windows 10 Specifications

BACKUP: Although we don’t know the full process of how Microsoft intend to run the upgrade, we suggest that you do a full backup of your computer prior to doing the actual upgrade.
If you don’t think you can do that then we suggest you get your local computer shop to do this.


Play Safe – Ask Web South to help you

For those who are in the Web South region of Adelaide, Gawler, Barossa Valley, Mid North including Kapunda, Eudunda, Robertstown, Morgan you can arrange with Web South to help you do the upgrade.We will make a backup of your system so if things do go drastically wrong your data will be recoverable! At the same time we can organise backing up your photos, documents and anything else precious to you to another device such as an external hard drive. Don’t worry, if you don’t have one we can offer you some alternative and competitive prices).An advantage of having us do it is that we can help to solve any problems that may occur before you get the computer back. (There is the obvious caution that although we will test basic functions there may be something affected which is deeper in the system and only discovered when you go to use that function).
Please note that charges will occur if you do ask Web South to help.

Disclaimer: Web South can only tell you what we have been able to discover at the time of publishing this post. As far as we can tell it is accurate and from reliable sources (Microsoft websites and the app on our Windows Desktop). We do not make any warranties that this information is absolutely correct or that it might not change in the future.

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