Windows 10 is here! The much awaited final public version of official Windows 10 Operating System from Microsoft has been released, and Windows 10 is now available in 190 countries starting today. And it’s free. Yes free. Like everyone else, I was also pretty excited to get my hands on the final version of Windows 10 after using the Windows 10 Insider Preview version for some time now. But, Microsoft decided to play a safe game by announcing an Android-esque OTA update in waves, meaning not everyone will get Windows 10 on the first day itself. Even though it’s a Free* Upgrade for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users, we have been asked to be patient and wait for our turns in the waiting line like good kids lining up to get their cup of ice-cream until Microsoft lets you know that your machine is ready for the ride to latest version that is Windows 10.
Well, not everyone complies. Like me. The first thing I checked after reaching home from office was to check whether my number has been called and that my Windows 8.1 Pro laptop is ready for the upgrade. It was a No. Wait for the notification – No! I summoned Google and did my research. Well, I didn’t have to dig deep enough to find the answer. Microsoft has made the manual trigger option available in its own website. I followed suit, and tada! Windows 10 is up and running.
1. Go to this link – http://www.microsoft.com/en-in/software-download/windows10
2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and download the Media Creation Tool relevant to your x86/x64 OS.
3. Run the application as Administrator and you will get two options – either Upgrade this machine now (yes!!!) or proceed to download the image file to be used through USB Installation or CD/DVD (ISO).
4. If you wish to have a clean install of Windows 10 or just want to get a copy of the image to install later, simply follow the on-screen instructions, choose your OS Version and language, and start the file download.
4. If you choose to Upgrade now, the tool will analyse your computer and starts the download process for the required files. Once downloaded, it will automatically verify the files and initiate the reboot of the machine. So ensure no data-critical applications are running in the background.
5. The upgrade will ensure all your data is safe during the installation so that you’ll get all your files exactly how and where they were before the upgrade.
6. That’s it. Wait for the installation to complete which will go through a series of reboots, and presents you with your profile setup.
Hope this helped. Let me know how this worked out for you in the comments below.
*The free upgrade offer applies to Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, and Windows 10 Mobile for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year after launch. More information about the free upgrade offer can be found at Windows.com