Windows 10 Upgrade: 8 FAQs Explained

July 29 is fast approaching and we know you still have a lot of questions about how to download and use Windows 10.
So Does "Free Upgrade" Actually Mean Free?
I'm A Windows Insider. What Happens After July 29?
I Don't Qualify For The Free Upgrade. How Much Is Windows 10?
How Many Editions Will There Be, And What Are The Differences?
Why Should I Download?
What Are The System Requirements To Download?
Will My Apps Still Work After Upgrading?
When Will Businesses Really Start to Implement Windows 10?

Windows watchers have been marking their calendars for July 29, the day that Windows 10 will launch in full.

The closer we get to launch day, the more we learn about the myriad upgrades and changes coming to Windows 10. Microsoft has been working to ensure that this system addresses the shortcomings and failures we saw in predecessor Windows 8.

Windows 10 marks plenty of big changes in how Microsoft designs its products and how it delivers those products to customers. July 29 will mark Microsoft's final numbered OS launch, a break from the tradition that brought us from the original Windows through Windows 8.1.

This doesn't mean the end of Windows updates, but it does indicate a transformational change at Microsoft. We won't hear about Windows 11 or Windows 25, but we will see new features delivered through this Windows-as-a-service platform.

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And it seems that Microsoft will have plenty of new updates rolling out after Windows 10 hits the market. We're looking forward to seeing future advancements in Cortana, in Microsoft Edge, and in the ways HoloLens will eventually fit into the enterprise.

Its new service-based strategy is another sign that Microsoft is changing to keep up with other major tech leaders. Since he stepped into his role as CEO, Satya Nadella has emphasized the importance of working as a services company in addition to prioritizing cloud and mobile technologies.

Microsoft hopes by the three-year anniversary of its launch, Windows 10 will run on one billion devices. There will be a lot of people downloading the new OS in coming months, and most (if not all) of them have a question or two about the specifics of the upgrade process.

Let's clarify some of the most common questions surrounding the Windows 10 upgrade. Did we miss one? Ask your question in the comments and we'll do our best to answer it.

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