Microsoft Windows 10 Release Day is here folks and so does the long process of trying to convert the world over to the new desktop operating systems.
Hopefully you were either part of the Windows Insiders program and already have the Windows 10 final version loaded or you clicked the popup to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8 way early on. If not? You could be waiting to download Windows 10 for a while as a large population of the world is also trying to download it today, along with Updates once they actually do get it installed.
Microsoft has repeatedly said it hopes to have 1 billion installations of Windows 10 by 2018 which sounds like a lot. However, we you factor in the 300 million per year that gets sold via new PC’s with Windows 10 Pre-loaded and you give away free copies to everyone with Windows 7 and Windows 8, it begins to sound much more plausible.
So what’s the best way to download Windows 10? We prefer the Windows 10 ISO image file by going to Microsoft’s web site. This tool will help you download Windows 10 and even help you burn it to a DVD or USB flash drive. As always, be sure to perform a full backup before installing the new Windows 10 on your desktop.
Once you have Windows 10 on your media, you are off to the races! The installation time will take about 45 minutes. If you perform an upgrade the process will take a bit longer. Keep in mind, the upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 will preserve ALL of your software and programs. I did this route and did not have one issue or one piece of software that needed to be reinstalled.