Windows 10’s initial release was a big bet for Microsoft, and in order to push it as aggressively as possible, Microsoft set up a reservation system designed allowing Windows 7 and Windows 8 users to upgrade for free. And it seems that Redmond has some similar plans for 2016, when it plans to offer Windows 10 as a “recommended update” in its Windows Update system.

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Thus, Microsoft hopes that it will convince users to jump to the most recent Windows OS. Basically, the Windows 10 upgrade process will download and start automatically if the user choose to install Windows 10. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s head of Windows and devices, said that Microsoft will ask users this question only once.

If you are on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and you use a metered connection, then you will have to turn off automatic updates to prevent the Windows 10 installer from downloading automatically.

If you’re looking to create offline media to upgrade your PC, you will be able to use the updated Media Creation Tool which will have a single image capable of upgrading any 32bit or 64 bit device. You will also be able to use this media to upgrade any number of genuine PCs, and even do clean installs.

Microsoft is also interested in getting more users with pirated version to make the switch to a genuine version of Windows. Myerson said the following regarding this:

If you try and upgrade a non-genuine PC to Windows 10 today it says the free upgrade is only available to genuine PCs. We’re seeing people be creative to get around that block, and then many are actually going to the Windows Store and buying a genuine license.”

Thus, in order to change the behavior of software pirates, Microsoft will offer a one-click opportunity to get a genuine Windows license from the Windows Store (not a free upgrade). Thus, pirates will have to purchase the genuine license and proceed with an upgrade.

Microsoft previously mentioned it wants to get 1 billion devices running Windows 10 within two or three years of its release, and currently it seems there are already more than 130 millions running, so the company is on the right path.


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