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How Windows 8.1 Users Can Reserve Free Update To Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 is an ambitious update which will be available for free for millions of users world-wide. Yes, millions but not all. As a limited period offer, you can now reserve a free copy of Windows 10 for yourself. I am no expert and my system updates were turned off for quite some time, here is how i reserved my free copy.


What do I need to do to reserve new Windows 10?

If you keep your updates on, you will most probably get the notification for the upgrade without doing anything. Reportedly, the update is showing on PCs which have KB3035583 update. This update is optional and if you handpick what is updated on your PC, you might have missed this. If you have the update, Get Windows 10 app will automatically be updated on your device,

Your system should be running genuine Windows 8.1 or latest Windows 7 SP1 or later for this upgrade. You can go to PC settings>> update and recovery and enable updates for your PC. If you have auto updates turned on your PC will get this update without any extra effort. Also check option to install recommended updates as important updates.

What you need for Manual upgrade?

If this doesn’t work for you, you can manually download the updates from official page.

Step 1: Go to PC Settings >> update and recovery >> Choose How updates get installed>> download update but let me choose whether to install them.

Step 2: To proceed, you will need Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 update, launched in April 2014. Visit this page.

Step 3: You can scroll down and select the file apt for you depending on whether you have 64 bit or 32 bit windows OS.

Step 4: from the same page, install download the Clearcompressionflag.exe tool apt for your system.

Step 5: Check for the pre-requisite update, I didn’t have to install it on my Windows 8.1 PC with updates turned off for last 5 to 6 months.

Step 6: That’s it your updates will get downloaded and installed, you should see a Windows icon in the task bar next to your clock.

Step 7: Just hover on the Windows Icon or click it to get simple instructions to reserve your Windows 10 update.

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Should you upgrade to Windows 10?

Microsoft desperately needs Windows 10 to be a success. Windows 10 preview builds still have bugs, but Microsoft still has 2 months to tie loose ends. While updating your PC, there is always a risk that the new update will brake something or the other. So if you accept to download the first build of Windows 10 you agree to that risk. Of course, Microsoft will then roll out hot fixes and patch ups. Besides, after July 29, you will have to pay $109.99 for Windows 10 Home and $149.99 for Windows 10 Professional.

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Deepak Singh

The Author spent a significant chunk of his formative years resisting technology. He now keeps an eye on where the world is heading to, and drives a passive pleasure from this indulgence. His passion to write, learn and improve drives him each day. When his day ends, he enjoys the pleasant languor and detoxifies with family. You can connect with him on and Twitter