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Microsoft is already downloading Windows 10 to some PCs ahead of launch

The launch Windows 10 is no more than 24 hours away, but Microsoft is already preparing things for those who will be upgrading for free. The company has begun rolling out the update to a select number of computers in preparation for the launch.

This initial batch is likely part of an effort by Microsoft to lighten the load on its update server infrastructure, resulting in a smoother experience for customers.You'll know if you've received the install for Windows 10 as a new folder will appear on your operating system partition - $windows.~BT.

As touched on already, Microsoft will roll out the Windows 10 update in waves, so fear not if you've yet to spot anything. Your time will come. Let us know in the comments if you've spotted the OS on your Windows 7 or 8 install.

Thanks to everyone who tipped us!

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

418 Comments
  • I hope I get it... God I hope I geeet it :)
  • I didn't even get windows 10 app for reservations
  • Upgrade directly from the ISO when it's out.
  • You mean a clean install? Then you have no free key.
  • You can do an upgrade using the ISO.
  • you CANNOT do an upgrade from a ISO you need to have wind 7 or 8.1 upgrade through the download wait untill it is activated Only after that can you Do a clean install ....This is the info from Gabe
  • Not true. If you mount the iso and run setup you get exactly the same end result as downloading thru Windows update, but you are in control.
  • If you BOOT from the ISO, then you are correct. Of you run setup from within 10, you are good.
  • As long as you have the ISO for build 10240 made from the ESD file, you can install that on any PC just by mounting it and it will upgrade your PC and activate it with no problem. You will also get the option to clean install. Tested on 6 computers running both 7 and 8.1 both new and presetup
  • We did it last weekend, you can upgrade from an ISO. and mind you, this is official because we did it in a Microsoft location from a Microsoft authorized representative xD
  • Yeah, I'm going to wait for the ISO.  We have 16 PCs to upgrade.  Upgrading to Windows 8.1 was a pain because we had to download 16 times through the Windows Store.  There's no way I'm downloading Windows 10 16 times.
  • Some oem's and retail shops have already received the update. you can go to staples tomorrow however, it's not openly available on OEM partner center/
  • You can upgrade using a Windows 7/8/8.1 key. The license will be deactivated for the old copy of Windows, and activated for the new copy. So fresh install for free is possible, so long as you have your license key.
  • Of course you can.  How else will Domain or other PCs that aren't eligble for the reservation be upgraded?
  • I hope clean ISOs are provided by Microsoft for download otherwise no installation from ISOs made from downloaded files can be considered "clean" because what if a virus affects those files?
  • Yep, you should definitely assume that Microsoft is infecting billions of pc's as we speak with their own code from their own servers. Your best bet is to hide in your basement until Skynet/Microsoft have been destroyed by old Arnold...or was it new Arnold? But he was sent back in time through a wormhole which then made him old because he was then in a different timeline where the T1000 was now Asian and Kyle Reese saved a cop that was played by the actor who played Kyle Reese in the original movie...oh God nevermind this movie premise will NEVER work...
  • your fucking dumb he said that any iso that isn't from microsoft directly could be infected. Reading and comprehension isn't that difficult. 
  • And spelling the proper conracted form of YOU ARE as YOU'RE isn't rocket science either. Kids these days...
  • How do I perform a clean installation on a new hardrive? I have the ISO file ready, where do I get the key from ?
  • I had a similar problem with mine until I read on some site that you have to go into Windows Updates >> Installed Updates >> and then delete KB3035583. After that check for new updates and install them. After a system restart your device should show the "Get Windows 10" notification
  • One of three of my PCs didn't get it even though I verfied that the proper updates that should have allowed it were installed. I researched online and I found a script that you run as admin and it makes the icon show up after restarting. Download here: http://www.mediafire.com/download/tcb41cm6c9x4wtn/Reservewin10.cmd
  • Go into Windows update and install all important updates until it says you don't have any more, the final one should be a small one without requiring a restart. This is directly from Microsoft. Once I did that everything went off without a hitch.
  • From india here..i can confirm windows 10 is downloading in background...check folder C/$windows.~bt for the download...aussies already have it lol...so "When in india" doesn't qualify anymore lol
  • Mine too but its just 140 MB still :(  
  • more than 5.50GB already.. size on disk is 4.06GB though :-/
  • your're lucky.. mine is stucked at 140MB
  • me to , 140mb
  • me 2 , 140mb... I think its stuck there!!  
  • damm.....me 2 stuck on 140 mb.....whts d solution...??  
  • My $Windows.~BT file is now sitting at 6GB and 4.36GB on disk, I was up to 5am hoping it would be available sadly not ;n;, UK. 
  • reports are that some are having a 10 GB downloads too. dont run the setup.exe file, it'll erase the contents. wait until tomo.
  • Running the setup file erases the downloaded files? How? I did same so what do I do? I wanted to be sure of what was downloading in the background.
  • Yeah, Mine is also only 140 MB and still
  • If your $Windows.~BT folder total file size is just 129MB or 140MB and stuck there? Fear not. Take a look at \SoftwareDistribution\Download\8f36b36c5f97d84a69eedf4ec27435ec folder, and check if there is a file with the name formatted as BITXXXX.tmp with XXXX as random characters or numbers. The file may be several GBs in size, which provides evidence that download of Windows 10 is still in progress silently in the background.
  • Ok thx 2. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The location is different in my PC. it is here C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download\9794476947842d23fcb1f0f72b6d0470. And it has the .tmp file: BITXXXX. File Size >2GB .
  • check C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder. I am getting the size of folder around 2.64GB. Find the folder inside this which have around that size. This is your windows 10 update folder.
  • Yeah, this is where the files are being temporarily downloaded before being written to the $windows.~BT folder. So I'm not worried. What I'm really worried about is that my laptop will become one of the random installation error machines. Here's hoping for the cleanest install process.
  • Ok thx. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Same here ! Mine too stuck at 140 MB !!
  • Me stuck at 57 MB D:
    What happened all of a sudden, it stopped downloading, and Windows Update does not let me install updates it keeps telling me that someother updates are in progress, i guess that means windows 10 is downloading somewhere or it is stuck 
  • Dozens of people have this 140 MB issue, me too :(
  • Mine is at 6.46GB   Size on Disk: 5.09 GB
  • mine also that, but i havent got any prompt to update. Is there anything wrong?
  • <p>mine too 140 mb .. but i jus connected to internet.. somthing is still downloding vthout my knowldge at nearly .5 to 1mbps rate..</p>
  • If you only saw 140MB or 126MB in the $Windows.~BT folder, go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and search for a file named WindowsUpdateBox.exe, navigate to its location and check if there is a big temporarily file(about 2GB), if you found that file, which means Windows is downloading Windows 10's Install.esd image. So just leave your pc on and come back later. The $Windows.~BT folder should be bigger than it was.
  • I can see this folder but its size remained at 140MB... but under my Wi-Fi properties I can see that I am recieving data around 2-3 Mbps.. ( i have just opened this website nothing else...)
  • Same here. I have closed everything but my wifi is downloading something at full speed. more than 2 GB downloaded till now... and i have the BT folder stuck at 140 MB :)
  • Cant see the folder C/$windows.~bt even in hidden ones. From India. What's the reason? Really eager to upgrade my system.
  • mine is started though i'm in uk
  • how do you find out like that is it a code and date or name of that folder called $windows.~BT 
  • Open your PC click view, click hidden files or folder.. then you'll see $Windows.-BT
  • The folder is 4.86 GB in size and there is no large file in windows/SoftwareDistribution/Download                   But I've still not received a notification to install  I hope it is normal enough plus I've seen in windows update that an update saying "upgrade to windows 10 home" has failed several times. Isthere anyone else facing the same scenario? Cause I'm worried    
  • Same issue here. The update has failed to install several times. I restarted my Laptop too but to no avail.  
  • Same with me..
  • Yes, me... it failed three times already...  
  • successfully upgraded....
  • somthng is downloding i dnt knw wat it was.. is dat windows 10??
  • You probably already have it.
  • How to know the file is being downloaded, as I cant see any change in the size of file
  • Hurray..... successfully upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. FYI Those who see data send/recieve in the background have to wait for 3-4 hours depending on their net speed. If it stops.. then check the size of the hidden $Windows-BT folder in C: drive.. if it is around 4.5GB then go to control panel and select system update ... there you will find that the system is ready to be upgraded.. proceed as per the prompt you get from there...
  • I haven't seen any thing on my pc
  • Try power button.
  • Lol
  • Check your eyes :)
  • Let's wait and watch
  • Apple Watch??? That was a great idea!!!....NOT
  • One of ZDNet's writers claimed the Apple Watch was the greatest device he's ever purchased. 
  • Sucks, since most of the functions don't work without it being connected to a recent iphone. I'd say MS band wins on stand alone functionality
  • I checked ...no any downloads Update....even I got it
    Yaaayy..windows 10
    #UpgradeyourWorld
  • Looks like I have it -- I live in Colorado.
     
  • When in DC?!? ;) [sorry, could not resist]
  • I already received this download - about 7:18 this morning.  Live in the southeast - Birmingham, AL
  • I'm an hour south of you, are you a Preview Member or just a general upgrade consumer? From which Windows (7, 8, 8.1)?
  • Preview member, but didn't download any preview versions.
  • Thanks. I rolled back to W8.1 due to travel due to the need of having a stable Surface. Good to know membership still counts even if I'm not runing 10 preview.
  • Can I install the update at a later time even if the whole update is already downloaded(that is shutting down the PC without installing the Windows 10 update) because I have to backup my system before the update.
  • Yes you can.
  • Thanks for replying :P
  • Hope to get it soon too. Also wish could go to the launch party in Delhi tomorrow.
  • I am not even getting windows 10 app for reservation. I tried everything and there are no more updates available for my windows8.1 . What should I do do?
  • Pray, mate, pray.
  • Here is a way for those not getting windows 10 app. Open notepad and paste these lines in it and save that file as cmd for example name it windows10reservation.cmd and run it using command prompt (Admin). here are the line to paste in notepad. Paste all with quote too. REG QUERY "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\UpgradeExperienceIndicators" /v UpgEx | findstr UpgEx
    if "" == "0" GOTO RunGWX
    reg add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\AppCompatFlags\Appraiser" /v UtcOnetimeSend /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
    schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"
    :CompatCheckRunning
    schtasks /query /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser"
    schtasks /query /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Application Experience\Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser" | findstr Ready
    if NOT "" == "0" ping localhost >nul &goto :CompatCheckRunning
    :RunGWX
    schtasks /run /TN "\Microsoft\Windows\Setup\gwx\refreshgwxconfig"  
  • You can also go here by pasting following lines in my computer C:\Windows\System32\GWX or go to start menu, in win 8.1 right click on windows icon and start run and type following command GWX try launching that app manually  
  • Did anyone get this to work? @dkson, is this supposed to work on 8.1 or just on insider installs?
  • You should wait, not force it, you may have incompatible drivers or some other technical reason at this moment. If you didn't get the notification, there's a reason.
  • If u go to MSN's home page, the 1st thing that greets you is a link to reserves your copy of windows 10. You can use that if you've not received the auto reserve copy notification to your pc
  • I had no further updates till yesterday. Today I ran Windows Update again and there's the windows 10 app :-)
  • Windows 10 is worth the wait. Just 1 day to go. Till then, Keep Calm
    and
    Chant Windows 10
  • Insiders too witnessing downloads?
  • Why would insiders need the download?
  • I am having same quesion !! Waiting for answer ,what will happne to insiders ???
  • There is a Day One Patch to be installed for Windows Insiders running the current build.
  • We are getting patched every day.
  • Update: I am Insider and witnessing a download ( 1.10 GB at this time )
  • I'm currently running build 10240, and on my local disk, there is $Windows.~BT folder that was created on 17th July. Only realize that folder existence after reading this article and currently the size is 2.91GB. Is that Windows 10 full version currently being downloaded on the background?
  • It's started to pull data down on both my Surface Pro and my workstation, the two systems that will be upgraded. I'm UK for reference.
  • 6.26GB ready to install, Turkey.
  • yep , i've downloaded  a 4.8 gb file :D if you don't see it enable the hidden folders
  • i have mine but just 140mb downloaded:(
  • Mine too! 140 Mb!
  • Mine is still 140 MB
  • Got it too. Canada, province of Quebec.
  • Same. Surface Pro 3
  • I have the folder but with date 7.7.2015, so this is not the case for me
  • on mine date is today just 60 min before
  • I've got it on my home PC. The modified date on the folder is 7/7/2015 4:19am. I'm on Eastern Standard Time. My Sp3 has it as well. It's folder is dated 7/8/2015 11:29pm
  • MIdnight tonight!
  • Just checked the hidden items box when in C: drive and I can see the install folder with all the files! Hopefully it means I am ready to go on launch! #Excited Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Found it in C drive! It's a hidden folder! Can't wait for tomorrow !
  • Same here! :D
  • Can u pls tell d details I.e d exact location n name of d hidden folder in C drive :)
  • C:\$Windows.~BT
  • Mine has error. "Windows cant find this folder"
  • yeap, there it is : ) cool
  • Ditto, hidden in C. 
  • Yup, got it! Cant wait!
  • Yo I got it on all 7 pcs of mine :D
  • Shut up and take my money. O wait......its free.
  • Brilliant... Bloody brilliant
  • LOL. I liked that.
  • free for a year then its $120
  • Got it also
    Update: I actually have the update, no longer running preview build. Official Windows 10Pro
  • I have a folder by that name ! just enable hidden files to see it!
  • It's happening!
  • Well that preparation update failed on my pc. But I have that folder and its file were not increasing from 126 Mb.
  • yea i have it 28/07/2015 14:05 im using Windows 7 and i live in Greece
  • I have it. Who didn't get plz check in hidden items
  • Is the folder named $Windows.~BT ??
  • Yes, as mentioned in the article.
  • NO, it's named $Windows.~BT....WITHOUT the question marks
  • Anyone getting Windows 10 download in HP stream 7?
  • I didn't get the reservation tool on my Stream. Did you see it pop up?
  • yes i got the notification upgrade and reserved my upgrade.
  • Really, wow. I have read many reports of people not getting it. You must be special :)
  • I had trouble getting it on my Stream 7. I tried all the fixes, scripts, etc I could find for fixing it. Nothing worked for me. I finally ended up restoring to factory and after downloading all the windows updates in the evening I let it sit overnight. The Reserve Windows 10 app was waiting for me in the morning.   Since then, I have gone ahead and took the plunge with the TP and it is working good. But for the auto orientation to work I had to download and reinstall the driver for the sensor from HP.   I was afraid 10 would be unstable at launch because even with the RTM it would lock up on me almost daily. But it hasn't locked up on me in a few days so I guess they fixed that issue with an update.
  • It'll get win10 mobile I'm guessing?
  • If I remember correctly, any device sold with PC version previously will get PC version.
  • No.  Existing small tablets will get the full Windows 10.
  • No same update as Windows 8.1 RT will get. Posted via the Windows Central App.
  • Does it have a WIMBoot? In that case they probably just throw out the old file and copy the new one :D
  • Just too a look at my HP Stream 7, and low and behold there was the get Win 10 icon.
  • I got it on my desktop running 8.1 Pro, I should also be enrolled in the insider program if that would matter. I'm living in Sweden.
  • I found this folder in my notebook, but the size still in 140 MB, created this morning, 8:20 AM. I'm from Brazil, and not a preview member.
  • I just saw it on my SP3, and it is 140MB as well. I am in Rhode Island USA. I'll leave my SP3 on today and see what happens...
  • I've got it on my laptop. Acer V5-571P Win 8.1.  For those who haven't got it/can't see it, it's a HIDDEN FOLDER, so you have to enable hidden folders in the view settings of file explorer
  • Yeah got it too
  • No folder found even after enabling view hidden files. From India.
  • I got it bro youll get dont worry!
  • If you didn't sign up in Windows Insider, you won't get it yet.. You have to wait..
  • I got the folder size 6.50 GB. Munich, Germany. Windows 8.
  • Interesting? Mine is 3.69GB  
  • Good for you, me stucked at 140mb since this morning at 4am
  • What is the name of the hidden folder people (those who are getting it or already got it) ?
  • It is written in the article. $Windows.~BT
  • C:/Windows/ImAmillenialAndTooImportantToTheWorldToNotHavePeopleGiveMeAllTheAnswers/
  • Windows~bt folder.. it's hidden, you have to click This PC or My PC and click the hidden box.
  • Will this be available on MSDN tomorrow?
  • I have it on my Surface Pro 3 with 8.1 in The Netherlands.
  • I'm so hyped!
  • I got it. SP3 and I from Germany...
  • Same.
  • Not only am I getting the $Windows.~BT, my Windows 7 PC has installed patches that have required multiple reboots. I was up to date as of last night so I guess it's more final prep for the upgrade.
  • I still can't get the Reserve icon on my SP3 for some reason even after trying all of the tips in many forums. Will I still be able to get the update via Windows Update?
  • I have no internet here!!!!! gotta w8 till i get home, awesomest comments ive ever read:P its gr8 to see others that love windows as crazy as i do:P
  • Insiders with 10240 wont be getting a new final build right? I dont wanna download 3~ gb -.- will take hours
  • I am Insider and having download
  • just checked, thankfully no update available (nor expected) ... but was expecting a tweet from Gabe to clarify and confirm
  • I've got that folder in my directory. A small windows update came through this morning when I rebooted.
  • Wow the folder is there on my PC :) From India btw.
  • I am going to check after school. Hope I am able to get it early. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I got the folder... Greetings from Brazil!!
  • I'm in the UK and I've just checked and it's there! Does mean that I can install it or do I have to wait until tomorrow?
  • I have a eight (8) subdirectories under c:/windows created today, 28/07/2015, at 7:26. One is called named "prefetch" with 16.7G. Is that it?
  • Got it here in Canada.
  • Windows 10 is download here, at 10:20h Rio de Janeiro
  • Got it here in Bellevue, WA. Looks like it came in about an hour ago.  Of course it didn't have far to travel LOL - I'm about 2 miles from MS.
  • Has anyone else noticed that if you go into Windows Update, and click on 'view update history', it shows Upgrade to Windows 10 as Failed? 3 times today infact...
  • yes i have the same, probably because it's not the 29th yet
  • Is it normal? i have that too
  • I got it :D
  • I have got $windows.~BT folder, but I has downloaded only 140MB yet... :/
  • This is why I didn't reserve the update. I have to be able to determine the time myself for downloading it. I can't allow Microsoft to decide that for me, because I'm on a metered connection 24/7. I take my laptop once a week to get on Wi-Fi, but it won't be today or tomorrow. Hopefully, there will be an ISO available that I can upgrade from the next time I get on Wi-Fi (next Sunday).
  • I have the folder! It is hidden, so you have to enable hidden items in the folders menu. It hasn't downloaded much yet but it's good that I'm getting it already. I have a Windows 8.1 on my Toshiba and I'm from Croatia if that has to do anything with the download.
  • $windows.~BT I see it, I see it. Do I need to click on anything or will things start to happen automaticly soon I hope. I see a setup icon in that folder. I wanna click so bad. :o)  
  • I assume you're mentioning the directory C:\$Windows. ~BT\Sources
  • Haha, I wouldn't try anything with it for risk of breaking something :D. GWX will notify you when the data has all been downloaded and the upgrade is ready to be installed. Just a case of sitting tight and waiting for that to happen. Apparently most reserved systems should get to that stage in a week.
  • Yeah its there, Just open my computer and type "C:\$Windows.~BT" in addres bar.
  • i have the folder in the C Drive. But its just 140mb only. i can see that network is used in the background. but the size of the folder not increasing. In windows update its shows that Updates were installed : Today 11:21 AM (Failed) when checked in update history the last update installed was yesterday and it was success. Dont know what this failed update is. May be a preperatory update and it got failed. the folder is still 140mb since morning.
  • same case, only 140MB, :/
  • Same
  • its stuck on 140mb!
  • How do u check the megabite  
  • Your not the only one mine failed too!! Why microsoft    
  • Yeah my Windows 7 laptop already 33% percent downloading.(MALAYSIA)
  • how could you know the percentage..? its a back ground download process..
  • It shown on taskbar.
  • I have recieved the $Windows$... folder, but it's only 140MB now. I received it 1 PM IST today. Can't wait now! Awesome!
  • Weekdays your pc specification and which Windows you using??
  • Same issue here...stuck with 140 MB :( What should be done at this point? Leave it or delete the folder so that the download process can start once again? I'm using Windows 8.1
  • (3.89 GB) My computer had the same issue. stuck at 140 MB but I noticed that the windows update is downloading a huge update that was not appearing in the action center, all that was happening while the folder staied at 140 MB. Then the update completed and the task icon disappeared, shorthly after that I noticed that my $Windows~bt started to grow in size crazily while there is nothing being downloaded, which only happens to my folders when something is being moved or copied (given the SSD speed, the transfer looks devlish). I dont know when will it stop as I dont know the total size, but now it is sitting at 4.58 GB (size when I started typing is shown at the top).
  • I have it in c:\ size 126 MB and 193 files 84 folder... Am I upgrading or not??
  • Don't Hate Celebrate Windows10 will take the Cake!
  • ©
  • I'll wait right to the last minute till the end of free upgrade period. Lol!
  • 4.06GB Downloaded, is it supposed to be larger than that? - Bristol, UK
  • From Ecuador too :) but what its odd is that the folder is 6.62GB
  • I see my is been downloading...yays!!!!
  • I got update.
  • mine is downloading in the background it is at 98 percent right now
  • how could you know the percentage? its a background download process..
  • Click $Windows.~BT, click on properties and you'll see how much has been downloaded.
  • is it available in insider?
     
  • I got it but only around 50 Mb of size??
  • HAVE IT. FROM THE PHILIPPINES.
  • i am an insider .. eventually i will be getting windows 10 via update.. but i want to do a clean install .. like how we do using windows 7 usb dvd tool ... it it possible to install windows 10 the same way as that? .. if so .. do we need a product key to activate it after a clean install??
  • you have to have win7 or 8.1 and to update from the download wait untill its activated thyen and only then can you do a clean clean install and have it activated if you do a clean install without upgrading it will not be activated as a single full version if you do it right it will not need a key as this is stored with you Microsoft Account
  • Anyone who have a WinBook got a reservation notification?
  • I have the folder aswell. 5,74 GB in total (64bit laptop)
  • Welcome to the 140MB club
  • i AM also 140MBian
  • mine too 4.42 GB in total
  • I have that folder too :D It's just under 6GB http://gyazo.com/e07549d0e14a5ab09fd9de0e95c49a42
  • 3 out of 3 computers has GWX.
    1 out of 3 computers has the hidden folder so far.
  • So how do we know it's ready to install? Will we be notified by windows update? Or can we just run setup?
  • As far as I know the Update will be "unlocked" at 6AM (in the Netherlands) and I expect the update to show me if it is unlocked.
  • "You'llw if you've received" Come on, any word processor would've flagged You'llw. you don't even have to proofread that on your own to catch it.
  • That was teh first thing I notised to
  • I have the file I clicked on em-gb but than mediasetup comes on and its asks for then store or internet
  • My laptop has the hidden folder. 
  • Is there any way to get that folder? I am tired checking for updates manually :(
  • I have it here in Costa Rica. Current size is 5.8Gb (Size on disk 4.28Gb).
  • 140 MB in DELHI, INDIA so far.
  • Can't wait to momment like as hell at my phone!
  • Yep, got it...even got an invite for tomorrow's launch party here in Nairobi/Kenya...
  • I've got the file. Running Windows7 Home Premium in the UK.
  • Yep got it here Currently on Windows 8.1 Pro (non insider) and it's at 6.02GB! :D  Wasn't sure if I'd be eligable as system builder copies often end up at the back of the queue hah.  Busy sorting out all my files cleaning and prepping.  Such fun
  • got the file (Ireland) 3:22pm, 8.1pro, but stopped @140mb...Super excited :D
  • I am very thankful that the reserve thing isn't pushed to domain member computers. My slow internet would die!
  • I've got the file on my Surface Pro 3.
  • Got it on mine!
  • Got it. Orlando, Florida.
  • Got it too :) Non-insider, in Belgium.
  • Living in Belgium too, how big is your folder at the moment? :)
  • Surface Pro 3 and Windows Insider in Norway and the folders are already there :)
  • Am already an Insider. I have win 10 build 10240 now
    Should I rollback to Win 8.1 first to get the official Win 10?
  • No, on the 29th, you'll probably get your version (that you'll be running now) activated or re-upgraded.
    I don't think you should rollback.
  • I have the folder , from today at 03.27 pm. Now i have about 3 Gb . Hello to everyone ! I am from Romania .
  • The files are being downloaded here first: c:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\
  • Mine are being here C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download\6ae24eceb9484089230d1dd9eb89d49a
  • My Download folder shows 2.65 GB. But when i checked the folders inside, they are all empty. I even showed hidden files and folders they are also empty. How come the whole Download folder is 2.65 GB? The folders are empty and the files are small, largest one is only 7 MBs. How did you find your folder?
  • Now it's downloading at full bandwith here in Chile. General user. Windows 8.1 pro with mediacenter.
  • el mio se quedó pegado en 57MB :/ jaja
  • Is full bandwith in Chile rated at Hormel or Wolf brand speed?
  • bye media center! 
  • What is the size of download
  • The GWX (Get Windows 10) app says a 3GB background download is required. My folder is at 2.9GB, but some others have said it's exceeded that, so it's hard to say.
  • German Windows 8.1 OEM-Version on Lenovo Thinkpad has the mentioned directory containing files of a size of 4.64 GB. However the directory has been created on July the 10th. So my guess is, that the upgrade preparations have been under way in the background since weeks.
  • Ich bin ein großer fan von microsoft!
  • Also from Germany, mine is currently 6GB
  • It would be a nice surprise to see some new feature or apps in there with the launch of windows 10
  • Some sort of surprise or new thing that Insiders haven't seen yet would be pretty sweet, but I don't think they've mentioned anything special being added tomorrow?
  • I haven't reserved Windows 10 and I'm going to hold off on downloading and installing it on my home computer. But I have a test computer that I'll put it on.
  • I don't see that folder anywhere, but I received a small update last night, KB3074678, and it's showing I'm running Windows 10 Pro in System and there's no longer a build indicator at the bottom right of the screen.
  • Try enabling the hidden files. That's how I found mine under (C:).
  • Yeah, I'm an idiot. Found it. Thanks. $Windows.~BT, size 4.85GB. However, it says it was last modified on 7/20/2015. So apparently this isn't a new folder and has nothing to do with the final release it appears. Unless somehow I'm super special and I got the final release 8 days ago. And it says the folder was created on July 10, 2015.      
  • Also, the last folder updated in that folder is named Panther.
  • I guess it's build date. Mine also July 10th.
  • Cant see the folder C/$windows.~bt even in hidden ones. What's the reason? Really eager to upgrade my system.
  • I can see the folder which is by default, hidden. But the folder is only 56 MB. Much more to download.
  • yay i got nothing :|
  • I have the folder. The size is showing as 6.11gb and contains 17,097 files in 3,626 folders. I signed up for Insider, but never actually installed any previews.
  • I have Get windows 10 app in C:\Windows\System32\GWX folder. But it doesnt show up in notification tray. When i click on the GWX app, it doesnt open up. Help.
  • Try this method.  I did method 3 a few months back when I went back to 8.1 from the 10 preview and it instantly brought up the getwin10 icon.   http://techdows.com/2015/06/how-to-enable-get-windows-10-app-icon-window...
  • Thanks
  • Then try restarting your device
  • Update already on my machine and ready to Rock and roll tomorrow :)
  • Mine is already downloading! So exciting :)
  • To people who can only see 140mb @c:\$windows.~bt Check - C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download  or log file to confirm download status - C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\ReportingEvents.log :)  
  • Found it, 8.1 in the UK. Created on the 10th of July, the folder is 2.9GB in size. Getting closer and closer!
  • Found it! 4.12 GB
  • I have insider preview on both my Desktop and Surface Pro 3, not quite as exciting for those of us already running Insider Preview but looking forward to helping out family members to make sure they get it, and show them around the changes. Still somewhat exciting to see it finally going out to the world knowing our feedback helped shape it
  • I also have a 6Gb $Windows.~BT folder. (Hello from Hungary)
  • I have been running the preview builds pretty much since day one. I noticed a few days ago that the "for evaluation only" text in the bottom right hand side of the desktop had gone away. Looks like I may already have the final build. Is that possible? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • You have the latest Preview Build (which people say is the RTM version). It's build 10240.
  • I still dont have it!!!! I am an insider member, have the technical preview dual booted on my laptop along with windows 7 home, in any issues in that?
  • Somebody please tell me the exact location of downloaded files.. I cant find $Windows folder
  • It's a hidden folder. Enable - show hidden folders. Still cant see it - wait for few more hours :) 
  • Got it too, 6.26 gig.
  • Installation folder located in software distribution. Donegal, Ireland.
  • My $Windows.~BT folder is just 147MB, but I can see constant network traffic, so something is being downloaded... :)
  • Now it skipped to 3GB and still downloading :)
  • Check - properties of - C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download or this log file to confirm download status - C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\ReportingEvents.log :)
  • Mine is still 140MB but also my network download traffic is going crazy and im not using any app or any webpage that needs constant download
  • As of 7/11 (haven't checked recently )it still wasn't supported on my 9 year old gateway rig because of incompatible CPU. Hopefully it is now.
  • Oh. I've had that folder since Jul 24. So does that mean I've been running final version? Is that why the tag on the bottom right corner stating which version of Tech Preview I have has been missing?
  • Surface pro 3. Got it!
  • For non-insiders: I never signed up for insider program but I have the folder and it topped out at a little over 6 GB. I'm in Texas on a home built pc using the retail version of 8.1. What a great surprise and hopefully this gives some hope to other non-insiders. Ich bin ein großer fan von microsoft!
  • I can see the folder, an hour ago its was 56 Mb and i didnt see increasing the size but now its 3 Gb and increasing. From Argentina!
  • Hey guys! Mine just started downloading !! Wahahaha!!!!!
    Now 140mb!
  • Mine stuck at 140 Mb from last 5 hrs..
    Not getting increased..
  • Yeah...
    I'm seeing it now..
    Shows 140 Mb at present ..
    My Internet speed has got down ..
    May be it'll take some time to get complete..
  • Folder still not visible, waiting...waiting waiting...waiting....
  • .I have it on my windows 8.1 and my insider 10 pc :D
  • i'm happy !!!
  • And, here we go. http://i.gyazo.com/b43c83c640c2c0aed0ea82fa07505af1.png Got it about 10 minutes ago, according to timestamp. Moscow, Russia.
  • I tried running the setup but I guess one file won't be dowloaded until tomorrow so it wouldn't install. Damn it!
  • Windows Insiders, should already be running the full version of Windows 10 (10240) as this is the RTM and basically the Consumer release is the same, with the necessary changes and updates. Nothing been downloaded on main PC and Daughter's Pc yet.
  • I was in the insiders program and since my hdd broke I had to go back to Windows 8.1 because if I kept the RTM version I was told I'd have to pay for the license so I've been waiting. I was hoping to get the upgrade today but nope! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • If you were in the insiders program, you get a license (technically) for that machine only, you cannot install it on another PC, also to keep that license you have to stay in the insiders program and continually test Windows 10 through future updates.
  • Damn I don't have it. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I don't have the folder yet =(
  • I need a guide to create a bootable ISO from this folder!!
  • I have enabled hidden folders and I do not see it and I am insider preview member. :( Sad day lol
  • 6GB Downloaded
  • Did anyone dare to install it already, since there is a setup.exe in the dir? :)
  • I did and al the files dissapeared. I also got a windows 10 home upgrade failed message in the Windows Upgrade center and i keep getting that everytime i try to check for updates.
  • I think mines already finished, it's 6.39GB already
  • Anybody tried TP 10240 esd clean install??? Is it activated or not??
  • cant find folder but "get window 10 " app is displaying all files ready!!! wat is tat?
  • Have the directory on my Macbook Air bootcamp Win 8.1 Pro. Right now it's only 140 mbs. Didn't have the Windows 10 upgrade icon but found a cmd line file that kicked it off. Ready for tomorrow. 
  • Nog seeing it, I got view hidden files and folders enabled and view system files too. I was insider. I first saw it, but deleted it totally it hung for an hour. Nog seeing it anymore.
  • just looked on my local drive and shows a folder hidden as C:\$Windows.~BT and i right click in the folder and hit properties shows the size in that folder around 4.28GB and still rising as i am on windows 7 64bit home premium edition   quick update now its at 4.55GB i am on att uverse 45mbps download speed   http://prntscr.com/7y369j and still downloading    it stopped at Size 5.92 GB (6,366,147,042 bytes)  Size on Disk 5.93 GB (6,375,477,729 bytes) Contains 16,950 Files, 3,580 Folders
  • Cant see the folder C/$windows.~bt even in hidden ones. From India. What's the reason? Really eager to upgrade my system.
  • I have gotten today   multiple notices in my windows update history "Upgrade to windows 10 pro failed"?????? Any ideas anyone??
  • You need https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/2976978 before update starts downloading...
  • I think mine is already downloading. I reserved it a long time ago and i can see that my background data is downloading like crazy which never happened before. I hope this is it downloading windows 10. Can't wait for it From Beirut, Lebanon.
  • I left my pc on since 12AM. Sme time ago router in my room started indicating some heavy usage , so i thought the thing has began, apparently that was my younger brother watching some midnight p*rn !  Still waiting !! From india btw :P
  • HAHAHAHA!!!!  I am at 140 Mb from India.... I will be awake whole night untill i install this long awaited OS! 
  • my laptop has the folder. yay
  • All my machines were suspended last night and I saw a Windows 10 failure among the updates. Howver, the $Windows.~BT folder showed up on all four of Windows 7 machines that I had signed up later that morning. The partitions ranges range is size from 3GB to  over 5GB and have been installed  this morning since I turned all of the machines on. Of course, I will only install on one test computer after midnight once completing a backup.  
  • Yes I've got it... Obiwanrei1747, Cainta, Rizal, Philippines What do I do next?
  • Wait to midnight or play games with the system clock?
  • I'm starting to get the download too. Am in Delaware, USA. The size of the $Windows.~BT folder currently is 3.70GB. I'm not sure how big it's gonna get.  
  • Don't search $windows.~BT. into in file explorer and try to manually install windows 10, setup will start but will then immediately stop. An error will indicate that proper boot files are missing. Wait till midnight and then look out for the missing files then if everything looks ready try to manually install again, if files are still missing please be patient. *$windows.~BT.
    This folder should be 5.83 GB in size (US)
  • I'm from the UK I have windows 10 update. I created a bootable ISO. Tried it and it would have installed had I not postponed the installation as I m embarking on a new rebuild involving a custom  loop and skylake when  launched
  • Got 2.67 gigs on my "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download" folder, CAN'T WAIT!!!!
  • Looks like my SP3 is ready to go for the install of W10. My Temp folder grew to almost 6Gb in size today. Earlier I saw it was 56Mb in size. I'm in Indiana.
  • But my *$windows.~BT folder is still 140mb hmm
  • I`ve got 4.40GB! Running 8.1, from Romania 
  • Nothing here :( Microsoft, get oan wae it!
  • I have already received the update at 3:00pm UK time, I have now upgraded and my system information states "Windows 10 Home". It is very nice and not the fastest, but very good, Cortana is a nice addition.  
  • It's stucked at 140MB till now... can't wait...
  • Yup, got it!  Houston, TX I had preview build that was downloaded a week ago.  Installed 8 this morning from retail disk and the key in my Lenovo laptop activated it so I didnt have to use the key from the box. Updated all the drivers run all updates and an hour later after a reboot the icon appeared.  Another hour later and I got the windows~.BT folder. I just extracted the esd, made an iso, and burned the disk! whoop!
  • My $Windows.~BT folder is still 140MBs :( it is 12:42am here
  • The folder $Windows.~BT is on our Surface Pro 1.  About 4-5 gigabytes I think. It is also on the Elitebook 850 G1 we have too.  4.7 GB there. Both have Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit OS.
  • It's Downloading on mine ;$ , except my internet is slow.. 
  • If your $Windows.~BT folder total file size is just 129MB or 140MB and stuck there? Fear not. Take a look at \SoftwareDistribution\Download\8f36b36c5f97d84a69eedf4ec27435ec folder, and check if there is a file with the name formatted as BITXXXX.tmp with XXXX as random characters or numbers. The file may be several GBs in size, which provides evidence that download of Windows 10 is still in progress silently in the background. Source: https://techjourney.net/gwx-starts-download-windows-10-free-upgrade-setu...
  • Well.. Thank God mine is almost at 3.5GB still downloading at about 3mb per second.....  :)
  • I have it yaaaayyyy. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I've got the Windows 10 already downloaded and now i'm waiting ;)   Size is @ 6.13 GB don't know if its the final size yet..
  • I went on the windows folder on my computer which has windows 8.1 and found a text document called "WindowsUpdate" and in there everything related to the Windows 10 download is logged.
  • I got That folder but it struck in 140 MB.
  • Not sure why people keep giving the size of the folder, it differs depending on your system.  Ify ou actually look inside the folder, you'll notice that in addition to the actual OS, Microsoft also downloads all the drivers that your PC requires.  If you have a lot of peripherals connected to your system, then clearly it will download more data.  ATI Driver folder on my Laptop is over 330MB.  If you have a Printer, it may have downloaded hundreds for the Printer Software.  Probably has copies of updated Security Software in those folders for some people, which can weigh in at multiple hundreds of MB of data. That's why people like me, who don't install much stuff on their PC in terms of peripherals and additional software, have 4.2GB Folders, while some people (especially those with Desktop systems and multiple things connected to/installed on it) have 6+GB folders. Also, if your PC has peripherals that are incompatible, there's a slight chance that Microsoft will prioritize you DOWN to avoid any issues while giving time for the manufacturers to upgrade the drivers. So yea, the Windows OS is actually about 3GB (at least for Professional Edition) or a little over that, but the additional data that the Get Windows App downloads (it's almost like it's own segregated version of pre-install Windows Update) can weigh significantly in disk space.
  • I've also noticed one PC in the household is stuck at 140MB as well.  It's likely the program won't even attempt to download while you're actively using your PC, or if you're on a Metered Internet Connection.  So sitting there constantly checking is likely delaying the download for some people. Mine downloaded overnight last night.  I just kept the laptop there and let it go into low Power Mode while I was asleep, and when I woke up, I noticed the free drive space on my SSD had dropped from 188GB to 183GB.
  • I am already on W10 using the ESD Method.   Open your C:\$windows.~BT folder. Under sources look for Install.wim (mine was 2.5gb or thereabouts) Download ESD Decrypter (google it) Copy that Install.wim to the folder that was created for ESD Decrypter. Run ESD Decrypter and make an ISO; I believe it was the 2nd option. Now you have your Windows 10 ISO. Mount it with your fav software (I used DaemonTools Lite) Open and run setup.exe; it might error out about not being able to create the temp directory ($windows.~BT) Re-run it and it will work. The error just means setup.exe deleted $windows.~BT, but setup will proceed as normal.
  • If you got to http://www.floresgirl.com/floresgirl_blog/get-windows-10-installed-midni... I give step by step instructions on how to create the Windows 10 DVD and install before midnight. It worked like a charm for me.
  • I see some movement in SoftwareDistribution\Download folder. Its currently at 2.48Gb and increasing. But the funny thing is I cant find any $Windows.~BT folder even in hidden mode. Now im in confusion mode.
  • I have received the install files. Right click on the folder, clicked Properties and Windows says the folder and it's contents are 6.20 GB in size and 4.67 "Size on disk". This is on a Windows 8.1 Asus laptop purchased a month ago, 8 Gb RAM and an i5 Fifth Generation Intel processor.  I am a "Windows Insider", having tested Windows 10 on a separate partition on the hard drive since I've had this laptop. It is a fantastic operating system. What I really like about it is it brings in all the benefits we've enjoyed with the Windows 7 interface, but also brings in the tile interface of Windows 8, which I have grown accustomed to and like for certain things (i.e., more useful than a desktop populated with static icons. Out the gate, I reconfigured WIn 10 so that the tiles are on the desktop and not on the Start menu. This laptop is a 2-in-1, so I can also test the versatility of Windows 10 as it morphs from a keyboard and mouse device interface to a tablet device interface. I really appreciate Microsoft giving us the option to switch between keyboard & mouse mode to mobile mode manually, as well. Frankly, there are some traditional Windows interface things that I like to flip over to, even if I am in tablet mode. In tablet/mobile mode multiple windows are SO much better, much more options, instead of the Windows 8x full screen or kludgy split screen mode. I love multitasking in Win 10.... it's FAR better than anything else I've ever used, spanning Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android platforms.  They say that Win 10 startup is faster. My experience is Windows 8.1 seems slightly faster. Perhaps that's because I've been using a Preview Release (the very latest, though). We'll see on that one. Cortana at first didn't seem very helpful, but over a few days she (it?) learned my pattern of speech and has become much better. I use Google Now a lot on Andriod & PC.... Cortana seems to be at least as good. I am definitely looking forward to voice activated operating system functionality. I'm really looking forward to Win 10 being center stage on my laptop, once the upgrade is completed. So far, I've been using it to test drive, without involving critical data. It will be good to see how it goes with all my apps, data and docs. Edge (the new browser) seems nice. Fairly transparent, by my estimation. It does what it is supposed to do, serve up web content without bloat. One beef I have: MS is pushing all it's stuff Bing, Office, etc. I'm more than a little annoyed that for whatever reason, Google apps don't work as a standalone on Windows 8.1, as it does on Win 7. I have not had the opportunity to see if that is the case for Win 10. Almost seems like MS and Google are feuding, meantime MS is pushing all it's stuff hard, almost like it's the only thing in the world. In my approach to computing, I use the solution that works for me, regardless of brand. That said, I still heartily recommend Windows 10! Mark State College, PA
  • just wuauclt.exe /updatenow in cmd with admin privileges and you´re ready to go
  • Yup It is downloading excited to try it out. Will post the experience once its done 
  • I gotz minz. HeeHee
  • stuck on 89.5 mb wtf. it seems that it will take 2 or 3 decades for the upgrade... damn
  • My C:\$Windows.~BT has a folder creation date of July 10, 2015...I am also on the Insider program.. Size: 6.69 GB Size on disk: 5.12 GB Contains: 17,702 Files, 3,592 Folders Looks like I'm good to go come midnight.  
  • here the windows BT has stuck on 89.5 mb. what to do ? can someone help me ?
  • I have 5.56 gigs so far! Can't wait!
  • Great, waited all night, and now i got the "Failed To Install" error on all my computers .____. 
  • I've seen the 4.40GB "Temporary Windows Installation Files" content on the Disk Cleanup tool, and this could be the Windows 10 installation files being downloaded a day before the launch.
  • My BT folder is 6.03Gb. When will I be prompted to install?
  • Downloading the upgrade on my windows 7 pro laptop this morning ,currently at 19% ,seems to be a very fast download . Location : Kenya
  • And when you click on the more information link of the win 10 update -  
  • When will we get complete update for windows mobile?
  • In C drive i got folder $windows.~BT yesterday sized 140MB and then update is stopped
  • Wait, soon it will be more than 5gigs.
  • I have been following comments from last 6 hours. First $Windows.~BT was 140mb and Software Distribution had 2.63gb .tmp file. Now $Windows.~BT is 5.91gb (4.37gb on disk). Anybody got it installed yet???
  • i am installing it now on my dads laptop i am in Alton Illinois doing a upgrade from windows 8.1 to windows 10 home and it rebooted and at a black screen that says upgrading windows with a circle in the middle shows 10% completed so far   btw i used this method to download the file and it created the files on my usb drive https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
  • Did you just reboot  and got it installing? || Windows Update asked you to install Win 10 update?
  • my windows update no longer was showing the get windows 10 or the learn more anymore showed it kept failing to update found that link on another website and now its upgrading now....with that link you can create just single 32bit or 64bit or both if you have room on your usb stick
  • I don't have usb stick with me right now, can you confirm is that allow to update right away?
  • right before the install it said checking for updates asked me if i wanted to keep my files or just wipe everything i choosed to keep my apps so it installed some updates rebooted then at this black screen that show upgrading windows with a circle thats currently at 24% so yes its upgrading as we speak....also that program will make a iso so you can burn it to a cd if you dont have a usb stick
  • just rebooted a few mins ago now its showing upgrade status at 44% completed
  • C:\$Windows.~BT folder size is freezed to 4.76 GB..Anyone having idea about notification for installation??
  • Mine got downloaded but it's stuck here
  • just jump up to 77% from something like 50% after installing windows 10 features and drivers and now its rebooting again
  • Safe yourself a lot of time download windows 10 with microsoft media creation tool http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10   If you like you can change en-us in above url to your location: Language Codes: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms533052(v=vs.85).aspx
  • its at 92% now but heres a screen shot took from my phone   http://prntscr.com/7ybgve
  • Well it seems windows is downloading on pc. but it looks like it gets pause after few mbs softwareditrubution folder is having this issue i am not getting reason my net is working perfectly fine.and nothing is opened can anyone help me with it.
  • fully installed on my dads laptop and shows windows 10 home after right clicking on computer and selecting properties and shows its activated as well when i logged in said there was an update being downloaded already now the fun part installing it to my gaming desktop
  • Well it seems windows is downloading on pc. but it looks like it gets pause after few mbs softwareditrubution folder is having this issue i am not getting reason my net is working perfectly fine.and nothing is opened can anyone help me with it.
  • plz help anyone I have Got The $Windows.Bt Folder And It Shows 5.97 Gb And 4.47gb on disk But Still The GWX Update App Shows "Ok Notify Me When Its Ready" But I Have Clicked It A Lot Of Times But Still The Installer Doesnt Come Up I Restarted And In Windows Update On Update History Tab It Shows UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10 FAILED Error Code 80240020 Plz Help AnyOne
  • Hi! My download has started too and is currently at 3.67GB. Does anybody have the total download size?
  • After waiting 12 hours and doing everything, deleted everything $Windows.bt folder SoftwareDistribution/Download folder. Now trying using Media Tool.
  • How do I know that it's ready to install?  My windows-bt is stucked at 140mb?  What is the sign that my Windows 10 is ready to install.?
  • Well my $WINDOWS.~BT folder is 214kb and 224kb on disk. Theres also another folder that was created today called $Windows.~WS that is 4.48gb, I'm guessing that's where Windows 10 is downloading(ed) to? 
  • I mistakenly opened the setup file. I wanted to be sure it was windows 10 downloading in the background. Now I have 6GB downloaded. Will I face problems with installation?
  • Yay got my notification around 10min ago i cant wait :) 
  • In elevated cmd type this command " wuauclt.exe /updatenow "and check for updates.... In windows update.... Problem solved
  • My folder appears to be complete, but it hasn't notified me it's ready:   Size; 5.91 GB (6,357,240,868 bytes) Size on Disk: 5.92 GB (6,362,659,476 bytes) Contains: 16,945 Files and 3,578 Folders Folder was Created on Friday, July 10 2015, Many files have modification dates on July 28
  • Hi Marc Pope.... seach for cmd----------->>> then right click and run as administrator------->>> the execute the following command... wuauclt.exe /updatenow
  • Hi Marc Pope.... seach for cmd----------->>> then right click and run as administrator------->>> the execute the following command... wuauclt.exe /updatenow  
  • Hey Guys i have a problem here... I have successfully ugraded to windows 10 with no issues at all via the windows update center..  I previously had a windows.old folder on my c:/ drive and I forgot to rename it before upgrading, and now seems like a windows.old have been created after the upgrade and has overide the previously folder. Is there anyway i can retrieve back my previously windows.old which has alot of my files and i really need them.... thanks If you have a link to a third party software pls share....
  • I have the folder and it it 5.69 GB.  After I turned my computer on this morning I clicked on the windows icon in the lower right corner and a window poped up that said I was elegible.  I clicked "Continue" and the windown changed to a "working on it....." but it has been that way for the last 3 hours??!!!!!!   Should I just close the "working on it" Window and click on the Setup folder for 10????
  • I have checked Windows updates and it says...Upgrade to Windows 10 Single Language --- Failed.  It failed twice.. What am I suppose to do now?
  • try this method https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10   when you use that method it wiped out my $WINDOWS.~BT folder but that app allows it to redownload much faster then it did waiting for microsoft to send it to that folder then you get the choice of your language you want and the version like windows home or pro 32bit or 64bit or both that way say if i have a neighbor that needs it or a family member but their internet speed it way too slow i have 2 usb sticks one with windows home 32bit and 64bit and the other with windows 10 pro 32bit and 64bit kinda wish i had another usb stick did get a chance to get windows 10 pro N http://prntscr.com/7ykh12 that link shows i am on windows 10 home and that its activaed using my microsoft account and yes i did full clean install backed up everything i wanted and formated the drive...btw no need to shutdown computer to set it up can use set in that folder will download all the updates if you want it to not many right now so doesnt take that long to do then it will reboot a few times
  • Hello, I downloaded the windows 10 reserve app weeks ago the icon appears on the bar no problems i updated everything in windows update . I click on  check your pc on the app it says its fine but apparently, i click on view update history and saw that windows 10 has tried to installled the application in the backgroud 4 times today on its own  but it's labeled as failed i try restarting my computer and nothing . I been waiting all day for windows 10 but i can see why i wasted time today waiting for nothing does anybody know how fix a failed windows 10 installation plus it has a code error 80200001 ,  helpppp thanks . I have a windows 7 up to date btw
  • Can anyone tell me or has anyone of you have the same situation like me (now)... Here is what happen now. My  Windows.~BT have been reduced to 21.3KB, (32.0KB - size on disc; 4 Files 2 Folders) I got a new folder Windows.~WS, 89.9KB size (40.0KB size on disc, 6 Files 2 Folders) Please comment and advise.  Thank you.
  • I kept getting "We will let you know when things are ready" or so, then went to the link below and started install with the media creation tool. It gave me an option to upgrade Windows without creating a CD/DVD/Bootable USB Flash.   Installing Windows 10 using the media creation tool  Direct link to download: https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co... I did it on my main laptop and now it also has Windows 10.
  • Windows 10 update 3 times failed, computer shut down after ca. 30% of installation
    Error code C1900101
    Win 8.1 restored automatically
  • Does it mean i have to login to my windows to do the clean install, rather than using a brand new hardisk and install from boot usb/iso.   As far as I am concern, I want to do the windows 10 installation on a new harddrive , I have too many important stuff on my current windows 8.1..How should I do it ?
  • I live in Southern NH and both my computer and my wifes computer have that folder and on both systems, it is 5.84gb in size. Just waiting for the prompt to show up to start the install. 
  • earlier windows$BT file size was 4.8 gb but now it is only 57 mb(i didnt delete anything).Why has the file size reduced and will the upgrade be available to me later?
  • yes getting $windows.~BT. folder in c drive what does it means,is it installing windows 10 in hidden manner
  • I've hidden this update umpteen times because it's not compatible with my computer.  And I don't like that in a couple years it won't be free.  I don't want it.  I have an older computer and I'm quite content with Windows 7.  Yet no matter how many times I hide this update, Windows keeps trying to force it down my throat.  I have my updates set to download but let me choose to install and Windows 10 keeps mysteriously getting unhidden and attempting to download itself to my computer.  There were 2 failed attempts today alone.
  • Update is complete - about 90 minutes. After an hour, still waiting for my computer to start back up. HD activity light is flashing, so I know something is going on!
  • Windows 10 downloaded and installed on 2 older laptops. One from windows 7 another from win 8.1. Still waiting on my main laptop and desktop. No problems and its awesome.
  • i am not getting windows bt folder even after dowloading windows 10 through creation media tool.plz help
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