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Windows 10 is launching July 29

Microsoft announced earlier this year that Windows 10 will be available over the summer, with no specific launch date. Joe Belfiore has now revealed on Twitter that the operating system will launch on July 29.

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Microsoft has started notifying users to reserve their free upgrades to Windows 10, and rolled out a video highlighting the new features launching in the operating system:

Users yet to receive a notification can head to the link below to reserve their copy of Windows 10. The link is still propagating, so if it doesn't work for you just yet, we suggest trying again in a while.

Reserve your free upgrade to Windows 10 (opens in new tab)

Source: Blogging WIndows

Thanks for the tips everyone!

229 Comments
  • How bout the windows 10 for phone?
  • They said Windows 10 for all,confusing.......
  • For all, as in all people, not all platforms.
  • It's not even available now developers to write apps yet. What are they waiting for?
  • Lumia retweeted @Windows tweet about Windows10 release. That's confusing also.
  • I'm with you - if these guys were really smart and wanted to call attention to WP, they would release EVERYTHING July 29 - Windows 10 on PCs, Desktops, Tablets, Phones - every manufacturer - every carrier - which would be a huge splash for them. My fear is they're going to piecemeal it out so far by the time it hits 1/2 there customers, everyone will have moved on and won't care. fuccwads..
  • hi,i did not like windows 10 upgrade,i had windows 7 on my laptop,ran beautifully,but i had to get in the new with everyone else and get windows 10,did you know if you get windows 10,you lose windows media center? yup,i found out after about 2 wks when i tried to play my music on my laptop,yup i couldnt believe it 
  • That won't be until the end of the year. Microsoft stated already that Windows 10 mobile will be released in a staggered rollout behind its desktop counterpart.
  • More likely up to 3 month after win 10 pc release..
  • Clearly phone OS is more difficult
  • WP 10 will push into september.  Microsoft stated that WP 10 will arrive weeks after Desktop.  Then Xbox One.  Then IoT.  etc...  Microsoft needs to launch the universal app store with Win 10 and make sure the that back office is working smoothly.  They have to update 500 million PC's (at least that is their hope).  Then they have to do that with phones.  What I don't know is how much grief the carriers will give Microsoft on updating phones.  Verizon was a royal pain in the ass before they would release WP8.1 denium.  I think Verizon was being so dificult because they could not get their in house App to work on WP 8.1.  
  • Phones will get 10 later. Probably September - October. 
  • 2015?? Or 2016 ?? Lol
  • Yes phones in 2016..
  • Hopefully, once the RTM is sent out groups working on the PC will shift to other platforms to expedite release dates.
  • I wonder, the phone department is pretty quiet not getting much attention like the PC no wonder Asus CEO said the OS for phones cannot be relied upon
  • There's so much retardation in this section I'm just gonna keep away before I get pissed off. It's a staggered release.
  • True that...
  • That should be end of Aug begining of Sep, at least that's when Microsoft will show off the 8 new Lumia phones. Oh and over 20 other hardware makers will show their Windows 10 phones too.
  • Date set in my calendar.
  • Just thinking when 2016 0r 17
  • Maybe 2015 you troll
  • Well, I'm a bit surprised by this seeing how buggy it still is. I'm running it on Surface Pro 3 and my list of issues is fairly long. The last thing Windows 10 needs is a Vista-ish release.
  • Features have been implemented. These last two months will be focused on squashing bugs
  • I'm a bit surprised too, though July 29 is like 2 months away, so lots of time to add the polish and more bug fixes.
  • Please redesigned win10 icons! They look like some high school kid draw it on his launch break....looks like icons from Windows 95!
  • the Tech Preview is not the current build that is in development and is not an indiciation of what is RTM. 
  • And there it is folks!
  • Woohoo! Nothing better to kick-start your week than some OFFICIAL Windows 10 news!
  • Yeah. :)
    My computers are waiting...
  • Realtek pcie memory card reader driver not compatible #fail
  • Good.
  • What about Windows 10 for phones, when will they will get it?
  • After.
  • After after.
  • After after after.
  • After after after after.
  • And then we'll be happy... ever after.
  • After Christ oh wait
  • never ever ever never ever never never ever ever!
  • Great news. Hope they release phone version soon
  • What is the point of reserving?
  • I guess to drum up some excitement. Make it seem more exclusive.
  • Aside from gathering some user info, I reckon it'll assist in load-planning for them gonna-get-hammered-akamai-download-servers
  • My guess is that the Windows 10 upgrade will be similar to upgrading to 8.1 from 8.0, in that you have to tell the system to install the upgrade, which allows the end-user to decide if/when to isntall it. If this is the case, the reservation system could be a way of allowing MS to automatically install the upgrade on systems that have "reserved" Windows 10.
  • Also im sure they'll offer installation media for an extra charge like they did with the w7 - 8 transition
  • Hopefully to say to devs we have 500 million that want to upgrade. It might make them sort their apps out for launch..
  • And by the end of the year that will be more than Android, with a better OS and more life long users.
  • Why the obsession with Android?
  • They come to know the number of users upgrading on release.
  • microsoft wants an approximate number of how many leechers are getting the update at day0; so that they would know how many seeds to set up?
  • Upgrade files will be downloaded even before 29th of July and they will be installed on 29th. This will help them with load management and create excitement as well by boasting the number of reserves.
  • If they don't have this system, people will buy new Windows 8.1 laptops in the weeks preceding July 29, just so they can have a free upgrade to 10, which I don't think MS wants. I think MS will pull the plug on reservations earliest by end of June.
  • Check your system trays as well, there is a new notification that popped up less then an hour ago on all our Windows 8.1 computers on how to obtain and reserve your free upgrade.
  • Yeah I just saw it too, had to go in desktop mode to see it. Good heads up.
  • What do you mean by reserve your update?
  • Its means if your not sure about it, you can go back to windows 8.1 with all future files ect
  • That tray notification asks for your email then f you go to Windows Update, it says Upgrade Reserved and they'll let you know when the ugrade is available for your PC..
  • What happens when I reserve? When you reserve, you can confirm your device is compatible with Windows 10. Between reservation and when your upgrade is ready, the files you need for the upgrade will be downloaded to your PC to make the final installation go more quickly. Then, when your upgrade is ready after July 29, 2015, you get a notification that lets you get started with your upgrade.
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-faq
  • Hw to reserve in windows 7 sp1
  • Sounds like til the supplies ran out. LOL!
  • ...or while stocks last.
  • Just for pc and tablets on 29 of july, as stated on Windows blog.
  • Nope! Much later than the date! Microsoft never releases anything in time.
  • Wow I just hope the system is at least complete there are lots of things not working. Only two months
  • Guys I wonder if the existing Windows 8.1 genuine key works with clean install via Windows 10 ISO or only upgrade ?
  • Good question. I would much rather a clean install than an upgrade
  • If it's anything like Windows 8 upgrade, they'll send a registration confirmation number then you'll obtain a key which will allow a clean installation once the iso or media ship.
  • I would be surprised if they ship media for this upgrade process.   I expect that by in large the necessary files will be downloaded.    That said I too hope to do a clean install and hope that I can burn an ISO with the dowloaded files.
  • Probably yes. But just to be safe, I'll just upgrade then refresh my PC to W10. Most PC don't have license key, it's on the BIOS..
  • Judgement Day.
  • Now ask them to finish up phone version :P I need too c it stacking up against Android and iOS which is currently just borrowing features from each other ;) :P
  • How about Surface RT????
  • Don't think the Surface RT is compatible at all. Sorry.
  • It will get some features
  • Hopefully Microsoft will let Windows RT users upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile considering that devices running Windows RT are using ARM, like the phones designed to run Windows 10 Mobile. Makes more sense when you think about the name change from Windows Phone to Windows Mobile, meaning that some tablets and other devices could be running the OS in the future. In light of that, it wouldn't seem logical to leave Windows RT users in the cold while having tablets on newer ARM hardware run Windows 10 Mobile. I'm probably just over thinking this though lol, but we'll hopefully know more once development for the mobile version of Windows 10 picks up after Windows 10 for desktops goes RTM in July. Fingers crossed xD
  • I hope for the same as I bought a Nokia 2520 just a couple of months ago.    However I do not expect it and we have had a number of indications from MS that large ARM tablets will not get the full Windows 10 Mobile OS.   My understanding and the implication I have derived from it is that most devices under eight inches will be ARM and run Win 10 Mobile with those above eight inches being x86/x64 and running Windows 10.  Of course something like the HP Stream 7 would be in a nether world there.
  • What about the new Surface?
  • will get it at the same time
  • That's my birthday. So this is the present.
  • It's mine as well !
  • Mine's a day before
  • And 98 days after my birthday ^^ so interesting
  • 10 days after mine
  • 15 and a half years after mine!
  • My birthday as well, nice! ;-)
  • a nice gift 150 days after my birthday
  • No mention of the upgrade path for Windows 8.1 with Bing on that website yet. Also the minimum free disk space is going to be a problem for those of us with 32GB tablets. I haven't had 16GB free since I bought my tablet.
  • Yes, I have 1gb free on my tablet. I may be able to delete the emergency partition to get 10gb more. Maybe the OneDrive pointers will be deleted, that would save me 1 or 2 gb. Either way I will be in trouble..
  • http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-specifications See the footnote for the upgrade editions table; Windows 8.1 with Bing will be upgraded to Windows 10 Home.
  • Thanks.
  • Most likely tablet with low storage will need to clean install from ISO, but we'll see..
  • I hope not. I had a nightmare installing the preview on my spare tablet that way. Had to delete all existing partitions before the install would succeed.
  • My update notification on my desktop says it's a 3GB download, i believe.
  • What a gift on my birthday !!!! Awesome !!!!!
  • Lisa Su : A trusted leaker.
  • The end of July was made public and after the phone fiasco, don't think they'll ever release anything on a Friday ever again.
  • 10130 was on Friday.
  • Cortana will remind me to install windows 10. 29th July my moms birthday too. But microsoft is giving a big gift to me.
  • Wow! I wasn't expecting them to actually be on time. And honestly I forgot that they said it was summer I thought was late August lol. This is gonna be great!
  • The back to school selling season is important.
  • Simply august.
  • Well probably the month before I will be able to get it on MSDN..
  • Just rolled back from w10 preview now with w8.1.2 feel so stable n fear to go to w10
  • Can I upgrade my iMac to Windows 10?
  • If it meets the requirements
  • There was a way to replace OS X and upgrade to Windows (not using boot camp) with the OS X Install Disc.
  • Doesn't appear to be available for me, I can't even get this supposed "windows 10 app" that the link talks about.
  • It takes time, and make sure you fulfill the requirements.
  • If you look closely in the video at 00:56 you will see the date is Monday July the 13 and the notification center has a new blue circle, what could that be?
  • or is it an astrix?
  • The evil.
  • What about those people who are on win10TP currently??
  • What about them?
  • They'll get the final version as well. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Hey what phone do you got now? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Free "full version"
  • I just wonder which edition my laptop would get since it has the 8.1 Single Language version.
  • Out of curiosity: is that an actual laptop in the promo pictures or just some render? Because it looks damn nice.
  • Don't quote me on it because I may be wrong but it kinda looks like the new HP Spectre 360.
  • I did a Bing and yes it is the Spectre 360.
  • I meant the one that is featured on their site. The black one. Definitely sure that is not the spectre.
  • It's good that they'll focus on mobile from now.
  • Day of return, my last day being in Canada this summer:)!!!
  • 29th july a special 2nd anniversary with my girlfriend and what a gift to receive from Microsoft
  • Sorry love, but anniversaries come every year but win10 only launches once
  • If I install Windows 10 on my PC as an insider now, will I get it for free when it launches?
  • That's what they've said
  • You will get it for free either way. As long as you currently have Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10 TP. Any version before 7 will need to pay to upgrade.
  • So if your running a Vista or XP system that meets the requirements of Windows 10 TP you'd be a fool not to upgrade now to the technical preview and receive a free full version of Windows 10 when it launches ;-) Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Great! I'll install it on my old Core 2 Duo PC :)
  • If you ever bought Windows 7 or 8, you'll get it for free no matter what.
  • What happens when you reserve: between RTM and July 29 the windows 10 package and additional files will be downloaded. On the 29th Windows 10 will be installed (if you choose) . This helps Microsoft balance the server load and gives them an estimate of potential upgraders
  • Wow, a reasonable statement without hyperbole or infantile wishes.  My intuition tells me your statement is likely true.   Dear Mr. jeevanmn, you rock.   After reading other comments here on this thread I was becoming despondent and your clear and wise statement has prevented me from desperate acts of self harm*.   Congratulation dear sir!! *  By the way, the statement about other people's idiotic statements creating in me the desire for self harm of any type is a joke.   If such were the case I expect that I would not made it to my current ripe age of fifty four as there is a certain predominance of people lacking wisdom and a firm grasp of logic.
     
  • I can't reserve it. It says the page does not exist
  • Concerns me...with all the bugs and everything I feel liks this is not enough time to sort them out... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Don't upgrade then :-)
  • FYI, the public preview build is always many builds behind whatever one is being internally tested.   I also have very few bugs in 10130.
  • Should we all go for the link ie both the insiders??
  • No news yet about Phone cos @gabeaul said there's no news about windows phone
  • Will I get another y2k disk this time around called Windows 10?
  • This is for windows phone also isn't it????
  • Nope, PC first, Phone is next. September-October time for phones. Hope its September.
  • I hope the developers already have their apps up and ready because if not then first few weeks, or months of using WM10 would be utter pain and useless.
  • Well, W10M is months away, so plenty of time.
    Which is also plenty of time for users to move to a better supported platform
  • Well I don't want to wait.
  • Yup. iOS 9!
  • What i read in windows 10 Faq & Tips Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as free upgrade for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 devices. It will be available starting July 29, 2015; people can reserve their free upgrade today. That's confusing they wrote WIndows Phone 8.1 devices....
  • both laptop and desktop are set and waiting :)
  • Anyone saw the window icon already!? Does the icon show also on win 10 build OS!?
  • Why would it show on Windows 10?
  • Just reserved I can't not wait :)
  • Microsoft's first priority is desktop... Second only the phone...
  • I really was hoping for EVERY device was going to upgrade to Windows 10 (excluding the Xbox One). I guess I will have to wait. I'm the only one in my house with a Windows Phone. The others in my house will get Windows 10 for their PCs and I will have to wait! Its not fair! I say that mobiles SHOULD get an upgrade on the same day as the PC. But some phones for the Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones just wont update due to incompatability with other devices. That is what is holding up the mobile release of Windows 10
  • Microsoft are focusing on their biggest market first. The vast majority of PC's run Windows, and there's hundreds of millions of devices here for Microsoft to upgrade. Windows 10 for PC will establish the basic functionality, UI and app ecosystem that will feed into other versions of the OS, like on Phone or Xbox. Windows Phone has a much lower marketshare, and so will come after this. Xbox will come slightly later than that. To upgrade every type of device to different types of the Windows 10 OS would be an incredible amount of work for Microsoft. It's easier and less confusing for customers if the release is staggered across device types. Once Windows 10 for PC is rolled out, then the attention can be turned to Windows Phone. It can stop being secondary in development to it's bigger brother and it'll progress much more rapidly with the increased attention being put towards it. It's in Windows Phone's best interests to do it that way.
  • Hmm, I guess you are right.
  • On my B-Day!
  • Happy birthday to you !
  • for that you buy us all a slice of pizza and chicken wings. The WC bloggers take offence to NO for an answer. Happy B-day!
  • Hopefully we can exchange our 7, 8, and 8.1 keys for a 10 key so that it'll be easier to reinstall win 10 next time. Or just that we can use the old keys to install 10.
  • What will more than likely happen is that if you upgrade through Windows update... you will receive a product key at the email address you use for your MS account (or maybe even for you to write down during the update installation). Once it is released they will have ISO's available online for clean installs. Those would be the two most logical paths, but we will see.
  • The title is so boring -_-
  • but wen in India......... lol had to be that guy not from India
  • I got the windows icon to reserve a free update today on my work computer about 6hrs ago nothing on my personal sp3 :(
  • Just can't imagine the anxiety, dread & excitement of the developers behind Windows 10. With a specific date, they might add up more burden to their shoulders.
  • How is it any different from any release of Windows? They always set a specific date.
  • I got the notification about the update but I hope someone will figure out how to make a clean steup of Windows 10.
  • Windows 10 for phones??Probably after 2 years or more...hehe
  • Is it true the maximum column in start screen is only 2?
  • I was wondering that. I thought I heard somewhere it might be 3, which I'd prefer. Can anyone clear this up?
  • The demo seemed to indicate that you can resize it to your heart's content by adding more tiles, although that might have changed since then. It also seems to scroll vertically this time around and I'm not sure if that was the case the first time they were showing off this feature.
  • I dont see any popup icon yet, might take a while to wait!?
  • I did last night :D
  • Now that's a very near date!!! As someone who has not enrolled in Windows Insider, I am now very much excited to try the new and improved features of Windows 10 on my laptop. :)
  • Brilliant! Looking forward to downloading. Gotta say, Microsoft seem to be going about upgrading everyone in the right way - sending a notifcation to 7/8/8.1 users telling them all about it is a great way of getting people onboard, adn the reservation process does make things simpler. I remember when 8.1 was released, it took me forever to install because I did it alongside everyone else in a bit of a rush.   Roll on July 29th!
  • Now it doesn't really matter when WP10 comes out, as continium will make all platforms work like WP on Windows devices.
  • It's cool that number 10 means god in symbolism and Windows 10 seems to be 'omnipresent.'
  • Somehow the Windows 10 notification is starting to annoy me. I can't remove it on startup. EY!
  • Are the fucking realtek wireles cards working now?Fuck windows 10 if i cant have inet!
     
  • Maybe buy a fucking better Wi-Fi card.
  • What about Windows 10 for mobiles.can we get any clarity.