Microsoft Corporation on Friday released a free download for the latest version of its operating software, Windows 10, to members of its Insider Program
The most striking thing about the company’s new client operating system is that it will be available as a free upgrade for the first 12 months to those on Windows 7 and 8.x. “A free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 who upgrade in the first year after launch,” Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s vice president of operating systems, said in a blog post on Wednesday.
And no, the OS won’t become chargeable after 12 months for those who’d have already installed it – after the expiry of the 12-month period, Microsoft will levy a fees on anyone upgrading their system afresh.
Microsoft notes that you should install the preview only if you “want to try out software that’s still in development” and “really know your way around a PC and feel comfortable troubleshooting problems, backing up data, formatting a hard drive, installing an operating system from scratch, or restoring your old one if necessary.”
It adds that unexpected PC crashes could damage or even delete your files, so you should back up everything. The firm maintains that, after the upgrade, some printers and other hardware might not work, and some software might not install or work correctly, including antivirus or security programs. You might also have trouble connecting to home or corporate networks, it warns.
Read all the FAQs here before you decide on the upgrade. That said, here are the steps that Microsoft suggests you follow to download the free Windows Technical Preview:
• Sign up for the Windows Insider Program, if you haven’t already.
• Click one of the Download links on the ISO page to download a special file – it’s called an ISO file – that you can use to install the preview.
• When the download is complete, transfer the ISO file to installation media such as a USB flash drive or DVD.
• Double-tap or double-click setup.exe from the installation media, and then follow the steps.