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Windows 10 Upgrade – All you Need to Know

Windows 10 upgrade UK released date confirmed for the 29 July 2015 and you can reserve your copy now if you are using Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1.



Microsoft is taking this new version really seriously as pushing it aggressively to Windows users with a Windows 10 notification tray upgrade.

In this tutorial I will cover how to reserve, how to remove the Windows 10 upgrade notice icon, versions and pricing.

How to Enable Get Windows 10 App icon in Windows taskbar?

If you don’t see the Get Windows 10 app it might be because:

  • Your device isn’t up-to-date with at least Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.
  • Windows Update is turned off or is not set to received updates automatically.
  • You’ve blocked or uninstalled the necessary Windows Update functionality.
  • Your device is not running genuine Windows.
  • Your device is running Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, or Windows RT/RT 8.1, which are excluded from this reservation offer.
  • Your device is managed as part of a school or business network being managed by a WSUS (check with your IT administrator).
  • PCs is determine that cannot run Windows 10 will not see the Get Windows 10 app before July 29th. After July 29th, will enable the icon in the system tray. This is to help ensure that you can easily check your PC’s compatibility if you choose.

What Microsoft Suggests

If all else fails try this, open Notepad and paste the following:

reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Appraiser" /v UtcOnetimeSend /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f

schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"

:CompatCheckRunning

schtasks /query /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" | findstr Ready >nul

if NOT "%errorlevel%" == "0" ping localhost >nul &goto :CompatCheckRunning

schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\gwx\refreshgwxconfig"

Save this file with the name GetWindows10App.cmd. You can name the file anything but the extension should be as CMD. Finally, run the file as an administrator. It will take some time, ten to thirty minutes before you see the app, during which the script will continuously provide status reports that it is running.

If the script is failing in an infinite loop, then you don’t have the necessary prerequisite Windows Updates.  Besides requiring Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update, you must also have installed:

For Windows 7 SP1:
KB2952664
KB3035583

For Windows 8.1:
KB2976978
KB3035583

You can manually check if you have these updates within your elevated command prompt by typing the command:

For Windows 7 SP1:

dism /online /get-packages | findstr 2952664
dism /online /get-packages | findstr 3035583

For Windows 8.1:

dism /online /get-packages | findstr 2976978
dism /online /get-packages | findstr 3035583

If you have the update installed, this command will show the package identity.

Alternative you could go to Start\Control Panel\System and security\Windows Update and check to see if updates are enabled.

If already enabled, click ‘View Update History’ and search if KB3035583 is listed or not.

If not, click check for updates again and allow it install any new ones that are available.

Device & Application Compatibility Before Reserving Windows 10

Most PCs will be compatible but the Get Windows 10 App is very useful as it tells you if a certain device or app that you have currently installed on your system will work after the upgrade. Here’s how to check:

  • Right-click on the small Windows icon located of your taskbar.
  • Click Get Windows 10.
  • On the Windows 10 upgrade windows, click the hamburger icon at the top left.
  • Now click Check your PC.

The app takes very little time to run the check. The results are separated into two sections, devices which lists incompatible Hardware and Apps which will list incompatible applications. If there is an issue with one of your components or software that will be listed and you can look into it further.

Your PC might still be compatible but some devices will not and it is important to check which devices aren’t.

You might see any sort of device listed in the results so before you go ahead and make the reservation for your new Windows 10 copy, check with your PC manufacturer to see just how essential that particular device is.

Reserving Windows 10

Once the Get Windows 10 app icon appears on the task bar, you can reserve your free upgrade as following:

  • Right click on the small Windows icon located of your taskbar.
  • Click Reserve your free upgrade in the app window.
  • Enter your email if you want confirmation of the reservation (optional).

Note: There’s no obligation and you can cancel the reservation at any time.

Cancelling Windows 10 upgrade reservation

  • Right-click on the small Windows icon located of your taskbar.
  • Click check your upgrade status.
  • On the Windows 10 upgrade windows, click the hamburger icon at the top left.
  • Now click view confirmation.
  • Click on the cancellation option and confirm it.

Note: Even if you choose to cancel, you can always go back and reserve again at any time.

Removing Windows 10 Upgrade Notice Icon

A lot of users have reserved a copy of the new operating system, there are some who do not like the idea. If you’re one of them and you would like to get rid of this notification, here is how:

Hiding the icon form system tray

Click on Start\Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Notification Area Icons find the GWX (Get Windows 10) Icon and set to always remain hidden.

 Remove the application form your system

If you want to get remove the icon from your taskbar, you need to uninstall update KB3035583 as following:

  • Click on Start\Control Panel\System and Security\Windows Update.
  • Click on the Installed Updates on the bottom left.
  • find update no KB3035583.
  • Right Click and uninstall it.
  • Then reboot your computer (the notice should be gone).

Let An App Do It For You

This is the easiest way to remove the Get Windows 10 app update.

Simply download from the link below and run “I don’t Want Windows 10” and the Get Windows 10 app update will be removed.

https://github.com/rn10950/I-Dont-Want-Windows-10/releases/tag/2.0

Note: Use this application at your own risk, it doesn’t harm anything as I have used it in advanced and also is open source.

Windows 10 Versions

Microsoft is promising more regular updates and aims to keep developing Windows 10 for the foreseeable future, suggesting it could be “one of the largest internet services on the planet” in the next couple of years.

Also have been announced seven different versions of Windows 10.

Windows 10 Home

Is the consumer-focused desktop edition. It offers a familiar and personal experience for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s. Windows 10 Home will help people do great things, both big and small. With it, they will be more productive and have more fun thanks to a long list of new innovations: Cortana, the world’s most personal digital assistant; the new Microsoft Edge web browser; Continuum tablet mode for touch-capable devices; Windows Hello face-recognition, iris and fingerprint login; and right out of the box, a broad range of universal Windows apps like Photos, Maps, Mail, Calendar, Music and Video.

In short: This is the version most consumers will want for their PC.

Windows 10 Mobile

Is designed to deliver the best user experience on smaller, mobile, touch-centric devices like smartphones and small tablets. It boasts the same, new universal Windows apps that are included in Windows 10 Home, as well as the new touch-optimized version of Office. Windows 10 Mobile offers great productivity, security and management capabilities for customers who use their personal devices at work. In addition, Windows 10 Mobile will enable some new devices to take advantage of Continuum for phone, so people can use their phone like a PC when connected to a larger screen.

In short: This is the version of choice for Windows Mobile phones and tablets.

Windows 10 Pro

Is a desktop edition for PCs, tablets and 2-in-1s. Building upon both the familiar and innovative features of Windows 10 Home, it has many extra features to meet the diverse needs of small businesses. Windows 10 Pro helps to effectively and efficiently manage their devices and apps, protect their sensitive business data, support remote and mobile productivity scenarios and take advantage of cloud technologies. Windows 10 Pro devices are a great choice for organizations supporting Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) programs and presumer customers. Windows 10 Pro also lets customers take advantage of the new Windows Update for Business, which will reduce management costs, provide controls over update deployment, offer quicker access to security updates and provide access to the latest innovation from Microsoft on an ongoing basis.

In short: PC enthusiasts and small businesses will want this edition

Windows 10 Enterprise

Builds on Windows 10 Pro, adding advanced features designed to meet the demands of medium and large sized organizations. It provides advanced capabilities to help protect against the ever-growing range of modern security threats targeted at devices, identities, applications and sensitive company information. Windows 10 Enterprise also supports the broadest range of options for operating system deployment and comprehensive device and app management. It will be available to our Volume Licensing customers, so they can take advantage of the latest innovation and security updates on an ongoing basis. At the same time, they will be able to choose the pace at which they adopt new technology, including the option to use the new Windows Update for Business. With Windows 10, Enterprise customers will also have access to the Long Term Servicing Branch as a deployment option for their mission critical devices and environments. And as with prior versions of Windows, Active Software Assurance customers in Volume Licensing can upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise as part of their existing Software Assurance benefits.

In short: Established businesses and other large organizations should go for this; consumers can’t easily purchase it.

Windows 10 Education

Builds on Windows 10 Enterprise, and is designed to meet the needs of schools – staff, administrators, teachers and students. This edition will be available through academic Volume Licensing, and there will be paths for schools and students using Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro devices to upgrade to Windows 10 Education.

In short: It’s not entirely clear how this will different from Enterprise, this presumably will be the edition of choice for schools and universities.

Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise

Is designed to deliver the best customer experience to business customers on smartphones and small tablets. It will be available to our Volume Licensing customers. It offers the great productivity, security and mobile device management capabilities that Windows 10 Mobile provides, and adds flexible ways for businesses to manage updates. In addition, Windows 10 Mobile Enterprise will incorporate the latest security and innovation features as soon as they are available.

In short: This is for organizations that want to roll out a standardized device policy for employee phones and tablets

Windows 10 IoT Core

Is designed for small footprint, the most unusual, and interesting, of the new operating system for low cost household devices such as gateways, smart thermostats, factory machinery and toasters.

In short: This will be of interest to companies building IoT devices and enthusiasts looking to experiment with Windows-compatible gadgets.

Summarising: For most home users Windows 10 Home will likely be the one to go for, while for others, Pro or even Enterprise might be best, especially as they offer the more advanced update roll-out features that will certainly benefit anyone that reinstalls Windows periodically.

Windows 10 Pricing

Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for eligible users during the initial year following its release but after that any new users will be required to pay $119.00 for Windows 10 Home and a whopping $199.00 for the Pro edition. And, of course, ineligible users, those who are still running XP or Vista, plus anyone else who wants a copy of Windows 10, will have to pay as following:

  • Windows 10 Home will cost $119 (about £75) per license.
  • Windows 10 Pro will cost $199 (about £125) per license.
  • Windows 10 Home users who want to upgrade to Pro will have to pay an additional $99 (about £63) for the Windows 10 Pro Pack license.

Microsoft also promised that will support those who scored a free upgrade to Windows 10 with security and system updates for the lifetime of those Windows devices.

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Nik

Experienced IT Consultant working and living in the UK. In early years he was born and raised up in Greece and been to the UK since studies. He is passionate with technology, gadgets and computers, he really likes the internet and IT in general.

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