Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade to every qualified device running retail or OEM versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. (Enterprise editions do not qualify.) The free upgrade offer began with the official release of Windows 10 on July 29, 2015, and lasts for one year from that date. Windows 10 is also available on new hardware today.
On November 12, 2015, Microsoft released a major update to Windows 10, simultaneously introducing a new versioning scheme. The November update is version 1511, with the version number indicating the year and month of release, in yymm
format. This is what the Winver utility reports after installing the Windows 10 November update:
The original release of Windows 10 was identified only by build number, 10240. (Version 1511 is build 10586.) The new versioning scheme is simpler and presumably more comprehensible to nontechnical audiences.
In this post I cover what's in Windows 10, how you can get it, and what you can expect through the remainder of 2015 and into next year.
Windows 10's new Start menu and distinctive iconography
Here's what you need to know....
- What is Windows 10?
- Are ISO files available for the most recent version of Windows 10?
- How is the Windows 10 upgrade being delivered to devices running Windows 7 and 8.1?
- Will Microsoft automatically update my system to Windows 10?
- My upgrade is complete. Can I delete the setup files?
- Do I need a product key to install Windows 10?
- What happens to the Windows Insider program?
- If I upgrade using Windows Update, can I create an ISO disk image without downloading the files again?
- Will my Windows desktop programs work with Windows 10?
- What's new in Windows 10?
- What happened to my OneDrive files?
- Will my PC and my existing apps and devices work with Windows 10?
- I heard that after a year Microsoft is going to start charging for subscriptions. True?
- How many Windows 10 editions are there?
- How do I get my copy of Windows 10 activated?
- Where's the Enterprise edition?
- Can I uninstall Windows 10?
- Is it true that updates are automatically installed?
- Does Windows 10 really include a keylogger?
- Is Windows 10 a threat to privacy?
- What are the keyboard shortcuts for working with Windows 10 virtual desktops?
- Why is it called Windows 10 instead of Windows 9?