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You Might Not Get Windows 10 On Launch Day – Here’s Why

Windows 10 Upgrade Download Install

Windows 7 and Windows 8 users probably know by now that Windows 10 is coming on July 29th – the company did its best to ensure that by providing information prompts and starting reservations. But the actual upgrade, which is going to be available as a free download to consumers (not companies) using one of these two Windows versions, might take a while to reach everyone’s PCs.

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Microsoft explained in a new blog post that it’s preparing to upgrade about a billion devices to Windows 10 beginning about four weeks from now. The first users to get it will be the 5 million Insiders who are already testing Windows 10 on their desktops and laptops.

The Insiders will get the upgrade on July 29th, but Windows users who have already reserved their copy of Windows 10 will have to wait a while to see it installed.

“[We] will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th. Each day of the roll-out, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users,” Microsoft wrote.

The company says that its software will conduct a compatibility test that will “confirm you have a great experience,” and users will then be notified once the Windows 10 update has been downloaded to their systems.

If your system isn’t ready for the update, the company will notify you, providing instructions on the next steps required to upgrade to Windows 10.

The full blog post detailing Microsoft’s Windows 10 release preparations is available at the source link, complete with details about OEM and business customers updates.

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.