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.”

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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

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14 replies on “Microsoft announces Windows 10 rollout details, not everyone gets it on day one”

  1. They need to release official ISOs instead of trying to micro-manage the roll out through Windows Update. This would take a huge load off the WU servers, and allow power users to quickly update their computers, friends’, family members’ and co-workers’. You can use the ISOs to upgrade from a legit Windows 7 or 8 system without having to do a clean install.

    The fact is, unofficially ISOs will be released on July 29 anyway. Every release of the Insider Preview has gotten unofficial ISOs that have been distributed on the torrents. Build 10162, released today, is already on the torrents as unofficial ISOs.

    1. now there is an option for peer -networking based updates in advanced settings

    2. You are correct when it comes to techno geeks but you are forgetting about the total average punter who has no idea what an ISO is. Its not a good idea to throw the new OS (with missing hardware support and guaranteed bugs) to people who clicked ok to the free upgrade offer.

      So totally makes sense to stagger the release to insiders and people who are desperate to install the latest freshest ISOs. Then let the granny’s have it a few months later once AMD and the others have pulled their fingers out and fix their drivers.

  2. So do I have to wait for Apple to update bootcamp drivers? I am running windows 8.1 with bootcamp on my macbook pro.

  3. So by around the holidays it should have been widely released, the early major bugs found and fretted and cursed over, updates released to repair those, etc… And generally it should be ready for actual consumption by then.

  4. Windows update KB3035583 is the culprit. There may also be an .EXE that you need to remove. Google is your friend.

  5. I just wish they would get rid of that stupid “Get Windows 10” reminder in the system tray to upgrade. You can’t even hide that thing, because it keeps coming back.

    1. It’s a specific Windows Update that brought that. I don’t recall which one (Google would know), but uninstalling it and blocking that update from reinstalling in Windows Update will get rid of the stupid nag.

      1. Yup, windows update breaks windows update which means you can’t get the fix from windows update. Solution: Install Linux or FreeBSD.

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