Countdown to Windows 10

The much hyped release of Windows 10 is almost upon us!

Get Windows 10 icon

Get Windows 10 icon

If you are running windows 7 or 8, you may have noticed an extra little icon which appeared over recent months in you system tray at the extreme right on your Windows toolbar; the familiar Microsoft logo. It should be there next to the speaker icon and the clock; if you hover your mouse pointer over it, a bubble appears with the text ‘Get Windows 10’. This little icon started appearing some weeks ago as an uninvited guest on machines worldwide.  There are also some associated files and software which were also sneaked onto your machine without your knowledge or permission, you will find these if you search for a folder called ‘GWX’.

But don’t worry, this is all harmless stuff; in fact, its a free gift from the nice people at Microsoft. Click the icon and watch the video; this is your invitation to claim your FREE copy of Windows 10, due for release on July 29th, 2015.

Free? Yes, apparently so. If you are already running Windows 7 or 8, then you can replace those operating systems with a shiny new copy of Windows 10 at no cost at all. I guess this would assume that you are already running legitimate copies of the operating system, and not pirated copies with auto-generated serial numbers. Win 10 looks like a hybrid of 7 and 8; it uses the live tile format of Win 8 but seems to have an interface resembling Win 7.  Basically, its a life-boat; we all loved Win 7, but Win 8 was not well received by many, so this new version will hopefully bridge the gap between the two and bring the ‘8-haters’ on board by preserving the familiarity of the tried and tested Win7.

Will it work? Time will tell, but clearly Microsoft are pinning their hopes on it; they’re giving it away, after all! I still have this little nagging doubt in the back of my mind telling me that ‘it it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’, and that stands in contrast to my desire to move forward and discover the new developments which are just around the corner.

I have more than one computer, so I will install Windows 10 on the one currently running Win 8, and if that goes well I will reluctantly say goodbye to good old Windows 7 and upgrade that one as well.

Exciting times ahead. So what are you waiting for? Click the little icon, and then select the option to reserve your free copy of Windows 10.

Just as a footnote, in case you’re wondering why they skipped over ‘Windows 9’ and went from 8 to 10, its because the number 9 is considered unlucky in some cultures. 🙂

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