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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.
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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.

[Windows 10 Vs. Mac OS X 10.11: System Showdown]

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.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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DennyS632
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6/26/2015 | 8:29:19 AM
Windows 10 Downgrade
While Windows 10 seems to be the way Microsoft wants us to go, they do say that it is possible that some programs and apps may not run on Windows 10. I use some legacy programs that run just fine on Windows 7. If after installing WIndows 10, if those do not work, is it possible to remove Windows 10 and downgrade to my previous version?
NickA329
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NickA329,
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6/26/2015 | 8:59:05 AM
no ? here
it's just going to be another pointless update with another pointless set of pretty colors and shiny things that go click - can you say built-in obsolescence?
sb1314
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sb1314,
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6/26/2015 | 9:23:19 AM
Upgrade to eliminate bloat-ware?
Will the Windows 10 upgrade (from Windows 8) be a way to ditch the bloat-ware that came on my machine? I had great luck with that when I upgraded from Vista to 7 back in 2009(?). The lat upgrade had come striaght from Microsoft, so it overwrote all of the HP sponsored content that I had no business with anyway.  Or, now that Microsoft is making the hardware, is it including some of the unwanted "extras" with the upgrades too? Thanks!
bt49501
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bt49501,
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6/26/2015 | 10:17:11 AM
7:10:7
Any insight into whether we can either:

a) download the Windows 10 upgrade for free (yes, have W7) and then not install it in the 1st free year, but have it available, sitting, and ready to install in 2017 or later

or

b) upgrade from W7 to W10 after July 29th and then go back to 7 and still retain the option to go back to W10 in a year or 2?

The idea being to stick with a very solid W7 until its end of life, but have W10 for free still, without having to pay for 15 PC's at Pro level in 2020 or earlier

 

And that said, do I have to download it 15 times for each PC via Updates, or download it once on 1 machine and copy install file to the other PC's

 

 
Kelly22
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6/26/2015 | 12:04:35 PM
Re: Windows 10 Downgrade
@Denny yep, if you download Windows 10 and don't like it, you'll be able to go back to your old OS.
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6/26/2015 | 9:19:50 PM
Re: Windows 10
Will it be possible to register for Win10 and download it, but hold off on installing, even after the 1 year if desired? 
SunitaT0
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6/27/2015 | 1:14:11 AM
Re: Windows 10 Downgrade
The enterprise and pro editions can run legacy systems, I think, because they did on windows 7 and seeing how popular windows 7 was MS must have taken into account the features that made 7 popular and expanded on it.
SunitaT0
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6/27/2015 | 1:15:10 AM
Re: no ? here
@nick: wait for cortana to solve your worries.
giggitygoebbels
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6/27/2015 | 2:27:32 AM
Re: Upgrade to eliminate bloat-ware?
Probably not(since it is an upgrade,not fresh install),also there was the news that Microsoft is going to shove sponsored apps like candy crush into your computer,so yeah...
giggitygoebbels
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giggitygoebbels,
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6/27/2015 | 2:30:16 AM
Re: Windows 10
I don't think so.Otherwise,people can just go around copying the contents of the download and use it on any computer they like.You need the license to run Windows 10,not the image.
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