Windows 10 is officially launching to the public on July 29. Microsoft offered reservations for the free upgrade for users with a compatible Windows PC. Today, the company announced details regarding the rollout, which will happen in phases “to help manage the demand” and take several days.
According to a blog post, the rollout will start on July 29 for Windows Insiders only. Then, Microsoft will begin notifying customers that reserved the upgrade in waves. “Each day of the roll-out, we will listen, learn, and update the experience for all Windows 10 users.”
Depending on your hardware, you may have to wait even longer. Microsoft notes that it will notify reserve holders after confirming that the new operating system works smoothly on your computer.
If, for some reason, your computer is not ready for Windows 10, for example, if you haven’t yet upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1, Microsoft will provide you with some options for how to get ready. You will still be able to complete the upgrade even if it isn’t ready, using “alternative compatible solutions in the Windows Store after you upgrade.”
Microsoft is smart to roll out the upgrade in waves. Other companies, like Apple, that roll out major operating system updates to everyone at once suffer major issues right out of the gate, like crashes and long download times. Microsoft will likely avoid a lot of hassle by ensuring that the download runs smoothly and users are able to upgrade with little to no issues.
So, even though you may have a reservation for the upgrade on July 29, unless you are a Windows Insider, don’t expect to be able to upgrade on launch day.
Via: Windows Central