Posted on: December 30, 2015

Perhaps you’ve heard of Windows 10 by now. After all, it is kind of a big deal. In fact, every qualified device that currently runs on Windows 7 or 8.1 (excluding Enterprise editions) is eligible for a free upgrade to 10 from now through July 25, 2016. If you haven’t already bitten and installed the upgrade, though, you may be wondering how the process works. 

Is there anything specific that you need to know in order to complete the installation? How will it affect your device and usage? 

Due to an overwhelming number of inquiries like these, we’ve decided to clear the air and address the most pressing questions that our readers have about Windows 10 in this two-part series.

What is Windows 10, exactly?
 
First things first. Before making the switch to 10, you should probably have a solid grasp on what it is. Being the successor to Windows 7 and 8.1, Windows 10 is the latest and greatest thing from Microsoft. No, you didn’t read that wrong. There’s no Windows 9. Instead, the company to 10, which was released for consumer use in July of 2015. A lot of careful development and work went into its creation, making it faster and better than its precursors. 
 
Are ISO files available for 10?
 
Yes, they are. Windows 10’s free media creation tool makes it possible to download installation files as a single unit in ISO format. You’ll also enjoy the ability to specify if you desire that the installer files be directly copied to a USB drive. The resulting files may then be mounted directly and will contain files for Home and Pro editions.

 
How is Windows 10 delivered to devices currently running on 7 and 8.1?
 
Users who make use of devices with Windows 7 and 8.1 can take advantage of the upgrade to 10 by utilizing the “Get Windows 10” app. This is installed through Windows Updates. It will appear in the task bar as a notification icon. You’ll notice that the update downloads as a background task and when it’s ready to be installed, you’ll see a prompt appear from Windows Update. 
 
How much space will the upgrade take up?
 
The upgrade to Windows 10 takes up approximately 3 GB of bandwidth.
 
How long will the upgrade take?
 
The length of the upgrade process is fully reliant on the overall existing performance of your system. Because hardlinks are used to migrate data files, though, the amount of data that you have won’t be a factor in the installation process and time. 
 
Will my system automatically update to Windows 10?
 
No, it will not. Although the setup program may start running automatically, you will have the ability to cancel setup before it actually begins. You also have the freedom to refuse acceptance of the license agreement, giving you the power to terminate the installation right away.
 
Will my desktop programs run on Windows 10?
 
Every desktop program that works on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 will run on windows 10. You may find, though, that very low-level system utilities will require updates through the developer. 
 
Whats so great about Windows 10?
 
You may be wondering what’s so “new and improved” about Windows 10. There’s a lot that’s different. You’ll notice changes to the start screen, a voice-powered “personal assistant”, an action center for notifications and simple buttons for handling common system tasks, tablet mode, biometric support, and so much more. The system is designed to make your life as smooth and efficient as possible.
 
Do you have other questions regarding the upgrade to Windows 10? Feel free to reach out to the experts at Uncommon Solutions for answers and system update tips today, and make sure to tune in next week for our final follow-up questions.