Windows 10 Release Date

Okay, Windows 10 was released on 29th July 2015.

If you have Windows 7 or 8 (any version) you really need to reserve your copy, don't worry it's quite free, Microsoft® want to know how many people may be downloading it so as to allocate sufficient resources.

So long as you have a valid Licence Key you'll get it for free so long as you have Windows 7 or 8 (XP/Vista are not currently included in the free upgrade offer).

You'll also need to register on each computer you have, not just once for PC and Laptop. Windows 10 for Windows Phone will be released later in the year.

You may find you have a new icon in your right hand taskbar, the four squares of Windows 8, click that and register your computer.


Be aware that many people (including myself) are finding that Windows 10 update will NOT download. There's also some concern over the amount of privacy infractions that Windows 10 seems to be loaded with.

Reports are coming in that a slideshow is made of the contents of My Pictures, all of them, so if you have private images you may want to move them into a more private folder outside of My Pictures.

Also a feature designed to easily let people share WiFi passwords with friends automatically shares your WiFi passwords with all Outlook, Skype and Facebook contacts who also use Windows 10, experts have warned.

To change your settings, go to Network settings then Manage Wi-Fi settings (Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage Wi-Fi Settings).  There, you can choose which contacts you share WiFi settings with. You can toggle the setting to discover friends' Wi-Fi networks, or opt not to.  If you want none of it, you can uncheck every box.

Windows 10 spies on almost everything users do by default. A slew of settings and features of Microsoft’s latest operating system include some of the most horrendous privacy violations we’ve ever seen, according to privacy groups. More Details here.

If you decide to not upgrade, check out this page on and follow the instructions given.  By the way, there is already a second update for Windows 10!

More questions? Microsoft FAQ's.