Making it Easier to Upgrade to Windows 10

More than 110 million computer users have updated to Windows 10 for free since its June release and Microsoft blogger Terry Myerson says Microsoft is making it easier for more to upgrade.

Myerson, executive vice president of the Microsoft Windows and Devices Group, said in his blog since launching Windows 10, the biggest customer support request was "how do I get my upgrade?"
"We've been using notifications from the task bar to inform people when their upgrade is ready. We are evolving our notifications to be more approachable and hopefully clear, and sometimes fun – and will continue to test new things in different cultures around the world."

Myerson said Microsoft's original approach to the upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, a reservation via the Get Windows 10 app followed by the upgrade later, was no longer relevant.
"In an effort to streamline the process, we will automatically kick off the upgrade process once you have made a reservation. Before the upgrade changes the OS (operating system) of your device, you will be clearly prompted to choose whether or not to continue. And of course, if you choose to upgrade, then you will have 31 days to roll back to your previous Windows version if you don't love it."

Windows 10 will also be made available as an optional update through Windows Update process.
"Windows Update is the trusted, logical location for our most important updates, and adding Windows 10 here is another way we will make it easy for you to find your upgrade," he said.
"Early next year, we expect to be re-categorizing Windows 10 as a Recommended Update. Depending upon your Windows Update settings, this may cause the upgrade process to automatically initiate on your device. Before the upgrade changes the OS of your device, you will be clearly prompted to choose whether or not to continue. And of course, if you choose to upgrade (our recommendation!), then you will have 31 days to roll back to your previous Windows version if you don't love it."

If you are on a metered internet connection on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you have the option of turning off automatic updates.
"We strongly discourage this in today's connected world because of the constant risk of internet threats. If you choose to do so, we recommend manually checking Windows Update frequently, perhaps when you are on a non-metered network and consider the installation of all Recommended and Important updates," Myerson said.
"Windows 10 will not automatically download updates on a metered connection unless there is a security issue addressed within the update. In addition, Windows 10 contains a number of features for those on metered connections, including monitoring data usage by application and setting data usage quotas."

If you don't want to upgrade you can specify that you no longer want to receive notifications of the Windows 10 upgrade through the Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 settings pages.
Microsoft will also update its Media Creation Tool used to create a single installation image capable of upgrading any 32 bit or 64 bit, Home or Pro, computer. 
"You can use this media to upgrade any number of Genuine PCs, and even do clean installs wherever you have a Windows license," Myerson promised.

He also shared plans to lure owners of pirated copies of Windows 7 and 8.1 over to Windows 10.
"We are going to start an experiment soon in the United States, which we will then evaluate before extending to other countries, to ease the upgrade of non-Genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. We'll offer a one-click opportunity to get Genuine via the Windows Store or by entering an activation code purchased elsewhere. If this turns into a path for most customers to get Genuine, we will expand the experiment. We'd like to welcome as many of these customers as possible to the legitimate Windows ecosystem."

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