Microsoft announced Windows 10 is officially available in 190 countries as a free upgrade for Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1 users and new PC and tablet users. The company has opened a reservation system, and will be rolling out the upgrade in waves.
How to Upgrade, Download, and Install Windows 10
The Redmond giant has a lot riding on this release, with the aim of patching up its ecosystem after the consumer reaction to Windows 8. Microsoft is clearing trying to bring the best features from both Windows 7 and Windows 8 to its latest offering, and does provide some tempting features for an upgrade. However, Windows 10 also clearly appears to be a work in progress, with several bugs and issues remaining. Users upgrading from Windows 7 and Windows 8 will also lose some features.
Features You’ll Lose When Upgrading to Windows 10
Microsoft is also offering a $99 (Rs. 6,300 approximately) Windows 10 Pro Pack, that will enable Windows 10 Home users to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. So, you can upgrade from Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 Home for free, then if you feel the need for ‘Pro’ features, you can shell out the $99 to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.
How to Reserve Your Free Windows 10 Upgrade
if you are assembling a new PC, you can start off by buying Windows 10 Home, and if you change your mind later, you can go Pro by paying $99, though you end up paying $19 more if you go this route, when compared to a straight Windows 10 Pro purchase.
Windows 10 Is a Free Upgrade, but New Users Will Need to Shell Out Up to $199
Commenting on the launch of Windows 10, Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India said, “Windows 10 is the best Windows ever. Today, Windows 10 will be available across 190 countries as a free upgrade or with new PCs and tablets. It is more personal and more productive. It’s safer and more secure. And it’s familiar and always up to date. In India, more than 1500 retail stores across the country will help consumers move up to Windows 10.”