Microsoft is close to releasing the next version of Windows, Windows 10, and the icon shown here is showing up on the lower-right corner of many computer screens, saying “Get Windows 10”. That’s because Microsoft is offering the Windows 10 upgrade for free to all who have a valid copy of Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. The catch is, you must get it during the first year for it to be free.
We are bullish on Windows 10. We’ve installed the technical preview version, and it looks very good. But, caution is always the safest route, so here’s my recommendation:
Go ahead and reserve your copy. This will allow the 3 gigabyte download to complete without your intervention. This will get the lengthy part done without any fuss. When it has been downloaded, you will be notified. At this point, we are saying hold off on the install until we’ve know more.
We will be posting an article on our web site when we change this recommendation to “Install Windows 10”. This approach will ensure that everyone gets the free copy of Windows 10 from Microsoft, while avoiding any possible nasty surprises that come because of being an early adapter.