Microsoft Windows 10 Release Information

Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview Information Below


Microsoft Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer Has Now Been Extended To Users of Assistive Technology - The Loophole

 

Update Wednesday, January 3, 2017 - Free Windows 10 upgrade offer has been extended for users of assistive technology & The Loophole

Do you require assistive technology in order to operate and use your computer? If not, then are you willing to lie and declare to Microsoft that you do use this technology? If so, or you do happen to legally qualify, then you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Yes, you read me right. Microsoft has now extended the Windows 10 free upgrade offer officially to users of assistive technology. Here's the loophole. Microsoft IS NOT actually checking nor will they contact you to verify that you require assistive technology in the operation of your computer, so if you are still running either Windows 7, 8, or 8.1, then you qualify for the free upgrade. See these articles for more details:

Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 Upgrade - ZD Net
Windows 10 Upgrades are still unofficially available - Extreme Tech
You can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free thanks to loophole | PC Gamer
You Can Still Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free, Even After Offer Expired - TechSpot
Windows 10 upgrade for assistive technology users

Normally I do not publish on this web site nor give out any information concerning loopholes or ways to get out of paying for legally licensed software. However, this is exception to the rule since Microsoft is officially endorsing this in the FAQ section on this site. Microsoft is simply wanting people who haven't upgraded their computers yet to Windows 10 to do so. That's why they have not set an expiration date for this offer.

 

Update Saturday, July 30, 2016 - Free upgrade offer has ended

Microsoft has now ended the free upgrade offer for Windows 10. If you have not upgraded by now, you have missed your chance to do so. You will now have to pay $119 for the home edition and $199 for the professional edition. Your only other option is to join the Windows Insider Program, but doing so requires your willingness to receive preview builds, which could contain bugs and provide feedback on program builds. I have been a participant in the Windows Insider Program since inception and I am proud to have contributed both program code, bug fixes, and the many ideas that gone into making Windows 10 one of the best operating systems that Microsoft has ever released. It's been both fun and a pleasure to have been involved in this project from inception.

Update Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Do you need any prior version of Windows? Microsoft maintains a software recovery website where you can download prior versions going back to Windows 7. Otherwise, if you bought your computer from a brand name manufacturer like Dell, Lenovo, HP, Acer, eMachines, Toshiba etc, you will need to contact their technical support department instead to order your product recovery software. This is due to their OEM licensing agreements with Microsoft.

Update Tuesday, August 11, 2015

As of the below original date, Microsoft has officially released Windows 10 to the general public. As with the previous releases of Windows 7, Windows 8, and 8.1, Microsoft has also released the bootable DVD .iso image files in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10. Or if you are already running either Windows 7, or Windows 8.1 or you are on a slow dial up connection, you can also download the media creation tool instead, which manages the .iso file download for you. Sorry for the late update, as I've had some issues with my health that have prevented me from updating this page.

Update Monday, June 8, 2015

Today, Microsoft has officially announced that Windows 10 will officially be released for free and at no cost to the general public on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Right now, Microsoft is saying that current users of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 free for the first year of release and that they will have until July 29, 2016 in which to do so. If you are a current user of one of these operating systems and you have enabled the automatic updates feature on your computer, you should start seeing a pop up update notification message about Windows 10 in the notification area of your desktop. For those of you who don't know, the notification area is in the lower right hand corner of your desktop next to the current time. Once you see this notification, simply click on it and then select "reserve my upgrade to Windows 10" and your computer will automatically download and install Windows 10 after it is officially released on July 29, 2015 to the general public.  For more information, Microsoft has established the following sites that explain all of this in detail

Windows 10 Overview - How to upgrade to Windows 10 - Windows 10 Frequently Asked Questions

Windows 10 specifications and system requirements

Users of Windows XP, Windows Vista and older operating systems:

I'm sorry to have to inform you that Microsoft will not be extending the free upgrade of Windows 10 to computers that run these older operating systems. There is a reason for this, which is as follows. Beginning with the release of Windows 8, Microsoft strengthened the system requirements for computer processors. Processors now have to have NX bit capability. NX bit is a new security feature in processors that prevents them from running malicious software on system boot up. Most computers that run these older operating systems do not have NX bit capability. However, you may have a computer processor on your motherboard that does have the NX bit capability on your processor and not even know it. If you do, then you can enable the NX bit for your processor in your computer's BIOS settings. The NX bit setting is usually located in the security settings in your computer's BIOS setup. Because there are so many different types of motherboards, it is impossible to list them all here. For more information about accessing your computer's BIOS setup, consult your computer manufacture's technical support pages or the person that originally built your computer. Also, unless you are an experienced user, I do not recommend that you go into your computer's BIOS setup. The reason being is because you could accidently enable a wrong setting and disable your computer or prevent it from accessing your system's hard drive. Always use caution when accessing your BIOS setup menu!! You can also download and run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to see if your computer can upgrade to either Windows 8 or Windows 10, but as of this writing, you must at least be running either Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 in order to take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10 on July 29, 2015. Microsoft has not yet released any information about making Windows 10 free upgrade offer available to users of older operating systems and they probably won't until later on. So upgrading to it by using a downloaded .iso file image burned to a DVD will be on a trial and error basis for the time being.  For more information about the NX bit feature in new processors, see the following articles.

What are PXE, NX, and SSE2? - NX bit Wikipedia Article - PAE/NX/SSE2 Support Requirements guide for Windows 8


Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview Information

Microsoft is currently making available for customer end users, a technical preview version of their new Windows 10 operating system for home users and in a professional Enterprise Version for IT Support Technicians like my self. Personally, unless you are advanced computer user and you know how to restore and format your hard drive back to the original operating system that it came with and you also have your original product recovery discs or your original product recovery USB stick and your original product key to reactivate your original version of Windows, I don't recommend that you upgrade your operating system at this time, but you are free to do to so and that is why I am publishing this information to my web site about this, since as an IT Support Technician, one of the responsibilities that I have is to constantly keep up with changes in the technology field.

Now for some basics. In this new version, Microsoft is changing the Start menu back to way it was was under prior operating systems before Windows 8 in this new version, but with the apps functionality that was introduced in Windows 8. So users will have a better familiarity with it. Since Microsoft changed the Start menu in Windows 8 to the metro style, they have received many complaints from end users of it, hence the reason why they released an update to it (Windows 8.1), but it still not satisfying to the long time users of previous operating systems, so Microsoft is responding by releasing this technical preview version of Windows 10. In doing so, Microsoft is also skipping Windows 9 in favor of 10.

On drivers for your current devices like cameras, scanners, printers, I'm not sure if Windows 10 will support them yet. That is kind of like doing a lab experiment at best. Unless the Operating System automatically detects your device and installs the drivers for it or unless they are available from the Microsoft Update site, I usually will  try to install the drivers for my previous operating system to the new version and if that doesn't work, then I'll do a Google search for them instead, but with Windows 10 still being new, most device manufactures have yet to release new drivers that are compatible with Windows 10 because they usually have to have programmers spend weeks or months coordinating with Microsoft as part of their OEM licensing agreements with Microsoft.

The Windows 10 Technical Preview is currently available in two different file formats. You can either download the automated set up file from the site or if you have experience in working with burning your own product recovery DVD's from a compressed .iso file format with third party DVD mastering software, you can choose this option and then do a clean install of the Windows 10 Technical Preview instead using the DVD that you created.


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