With less than a month for its final release, here we explain how to get Windows 10 for free.
Windows 10 will hit stores and servers next July 29, but as we have told you before very few people will have to pay to upgrade. If you have a license for Windows 8 or 7 (for example, because it came preinstalled on your computer), then you can upgrade without problems.
Now that that the newest versions of the two major operating systems are being launched, it is time to sit back and let fanaticism aside (as it’s growing with the arrival of the new features of Windows 10). Many will attack OS X El Capitan claiming that it does not advance, while Microsoft really does. Others will say that El Capitan is a major change with respect to Yosemite, and much better than Windows 10.
Both views are wrong, because if something the history of operating systems has taught us is that eventually everyone will end up copying from each other. And that’s something that benefits users. In this article I will dispel some points that Microsoft is using to prove their superiority, which are being preached by its fans.
A Convergence which is really not
Microsoft has become a champion of convergence. They indicate that Windows 10 is the same for all devices, and from a technical point of view this is not true. A clear example: can you use your desktop Windows 10 on a smartphone? The answer is no.
A few days ago the manager of the Windows 10 Beta Testers program from Windows Insiders said that they would be able to upgrade to the final version. After he was asked again, this time via Twitter, he said that in order for this to work you will need a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license, meaning that it won’t work with previous versions such as XP or Vista.
It is in line with the previous Microsoft comments regarding the free Windows 10 upgrade for those users who already have Windows 7 or 8 installed on their PCs. Previously it has been mentioned that non original copies (used without a valid license [pirated copies]) will also be able to upgrade to Windows 10, although that doesn’t mean they will become legal copies.
Microsoft will turned a blind eye at first with the pirated copies so that the maximum number of users can upgrade to Windows 10. This is because Windows Store and other Microsoft services included (Office 365 or OneDrive) are the financing sources that the company wants to promote towards the future.
There are many ways to take advantage of a tablet of different platforms as an added screen to your PC or laptop, but Duet Display mode introduces a highly anticipated and excellent performance.
Rarely do we use a paid app like this, but I think it’s time. Perhaps not everyone has a Windows desktop computer and an iPad, but if this is your case with no doubt this will brighten your day.
There are two ways to install Windows 10 on your PC. On the one hand you can make a clean installation or instead, upgrade your current O.S to Windows 10. This second option has a way to undo the process, as we will see later on. If what you’re looking for is installing Windows 10 from scratch, it is the same process as it is with Windows 7 or Windows 8. Or in other words, burn the ISO image to a DVD or prepare a USB (which is the fastest and most effective method).
1. Installing Windows 10 from scratch
In order to create a bootable USB, we will first need to download the right ISO image for our O.S. Be it x32 or 64x. We can find the ISOs here. You might have to register as a tester, but you basically just need a Microsoft account and not much more. Once the ISO has been downloaded, I recommend using Yumi – as we did to create a multi boot USB – to generate the Windows 10 bootable USB stick. This is the best method if we want to make use of the normal capacity of any pen drive.
Windows 10 makes its way to see the light after the summer and it has been a couple months since Microsoft began its Technical Preview program, which allowed the users to try the different changed introduced in this Operative System. A more traditional interface which in turn will allow the junction of different devices to a single platform, not common but more homogenous.
Windows 10 combines a more traditional interface with the possibility to use the same application on different platforms besides the traditional desktop apps. The traditional Start menu is back but with the “tiles” system introduced by Windows 8 based on the system used on Microsoft’s mobile Operative System.
As a test of things to come with the release of the final version of Windows 10, Microsoft has released a software package of almost 3 GB that updates computers running Windows 7 or Windows 8 systems to the latest test version of the Insider program, especifically Windows 10 Pro Technical Preview (build 9926, January 2015)
The best thing about it is that the version is available on Windows Update, so it makes it easy for users who have so far stayed away from the trial versions. However, you have to remember that this is a version intended for testing and not for production environments, that’s why we recommend testing it on a second computer that you don’t really use much. Or install it on a virtual machine, as we did with the first Windows 10 Technical Preview, as it’s something that we will do again, so we can post an analysis throughout the week. Let’s go step by step:
The first great update of Windows 8 is now available for free (for a limited time) as an independent operative system.
Yesterday, Microsoft released to the public the preview version of Windows 8.1, the first update with significant changes to the operative system, such as the return of the Start button, an improved search engine, an app store, more options to configure the ModernUI interface and the possibility of real-time multitasking between this interface and the desktop mode.
It was available yesterday as an update to Windows 8 from the operative system’s app store, and today it has been released as an independent OS, which means we can install Windows 8.1 Preview as a complete, free operative system, at least until the preview phase ends.
We can download the ISO and then burn it to a DVD or create a bootable USB and try it for free from the following links:
Few days ago, Microsoft released it’s new OS – Windows 8.1 Preview version, it has many improvement, the following, I’ll tell you my opinion about Start Menu and Start Screen of Windows 8.1.
Gestures is totally other problem from the start menu.
The basic rule in GUI is that every possible action what user can do, is visually pointed to user in manner what user knows “I can do that” just by looking at the graphical user interface.
Gestures problem is that they don’t give any kind information what are user possibilities and user is forced to try and search around, meaning the graphical user interface design has FAILED.
I hate the word ‘paradigm’ but I’m going to use it anyway. The ideal paradigm shift takes you from something that worked to something that’s even better with a fairly universal confirmation that it is indeed better. The question is how does it take to get people to that end state where they buy into the concept. For example:
Apple’s leap from iPhone to iPad garnered a very quick adoption of the new paradigm (i.e. larger format) working well. Android’s leap from phone to tablet has been tenuous but they’ve tweeked the formula to gain traction (perhaps smaller and low-cost). Microsoft tried to leap from plain Windows XP to polish in Vista but the reaction was not good (style and performance). They took what they learned and converted Vista into Windows 7. I bet a lot of people thought that Windows 7 was a new product but really it was just a fixed up version of Vista. That’s all that was needed to get most people to forget about XP and move on to 7.