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Windows 10 is now on more than 14 million devices just 24 hours after launch

Microsoft took to a blog post this evening to talk a little bit about the first 24 hours of the Windows 10 rollout, noting that the OS is now on 14 million machines, and reiterating some support channels through which users can ask questions about their upgrade if you run into issues. From Microsoft:

As we've shared, our top priority has been ensuring that everyone has a great upgrade experience, so, we are carefully rolling out Windows 10 in phases, delivering Windows 10 first to our Windows Insiders. While we now have more than 14 million devices running Windows 10, we still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade. Rest assured we are working 24×7 to continue the upgrade process and are prioritizing the quality of your upgrade experience over anything else. We are grateful for your excitement and enthusiasm and we appreciate your patience over the days and weeks ahead as we carefully roll out Windows 10 in phases to all of you that have reserved.

That's quite the impressive number for just the first 24 hours, and it will be interesting to see how widespread adoption becomes in the coming weeks.

Microsoft also took the opportunity to highlight the positive reaction that Windows 10 has enjoyed from reviewers so far, and showed off some of the company's favorite pictures from launch events that took place around the world. If you'd like to reminisce over the past 24 hours and look into the support channels that Microsoft has set up for the launch, you can read the full blog post at the source link below.

More: Read our Windows 10 Review

Source: Microsoft

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228 Comments
  • Wow
  • Wow indeed assuming that there are many people who have upgrade problems!
  • I had none.. Except had to enable administrator account and manually install Graphics driver Given my system is of vista era.. It's acceptable.
  • I had to manually trigger the update yesterday on 5 machines, so i wonder how many people are behind now. 50 million+? :p but 14 is impressive. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android.
  • Waves.
  • Seriously, I just updated my last PC tonight, and it still didn't have the notification! I had to do it via the ISO. There have to be a ton of people sitting there waiting because they don't know that they can force it.
  • Ah vista what scandal that was whql testers were paid off by OEMs to get hp rating instead of basic
  • Only dumb people would face problems
  • @Madan Gopal, looks like your just speaking about yourself :P.
  • The only issue I came across when upgrading both my Surface 3 and laptop was that iTunes didn't recognize that the device had previously been authorized to play my music. All I had to do was reauthorize my devices, which was not really that big of a deal when you consider what could have gone wrong and didn't.
  • I just get error code 80240020 after download, and right after it runs through preparing to install, I've tried everything to fix it. But no such luck.
  • Have u tried enabling administrator account?? And then trying
  • https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/3eyrre/fix_for_the_80240020_er...
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    Worked for me on my stream 7.
  • And on my Stream 8, though graphics could be better but that isn't necessarly Microsoft's fault.
  • I had this error too. If you run a disk clean up and delete temporary Windows Update files (this is only an option if you select Clean Up System Files), then try to force the upgrade again it should work.
  • Yeah I was getting the Windows 10 failed error when using the reserved option on my Surface Pro 3. I went to the Microsoft web site and grabbed the tool to create a USB media. I attempted to install Win10 from that opening screen but it also didn't work, so I created the USB and ran setup. All good.
  • *Irish accent* Did you try turning it off and on again? Are you sure it is plugged in?
  • *note on desk*
    Just fix it, I don't want to talk to you.
  • I am also getting the same error while installation.
    U may try to install the windows through media creation tool available to MS website.may be it works
    I have not tried but will do it soon
  • Same.
  • I had the same problem. I finally downloaded the install tool. It's designed to make a USB install drive. However, you can chose to just install on the current machine. This worked perfectly. Here is the link. https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co...
  • 900 + Million to go according to their Target.
  • No prob here created the USB version alls good here upgrading my wife's desktop now, our Surface 3's are on 10 mine had 1 issue!! Keyboard didn't work both on screen and manual on desktop as well as type cover, restarted Surface and while restarting it said updating. When it came back up all is good. Next up my Toshiba tablet, I'll have to download and install? Because no USB's only USB/power port and no adaptor from micro to full size. Very happy now full win 10, but enjoyed being a Win insider giving feedback and still am.
  • Windows 8 was growing at about 20 million per MONTH in the beginning, I believe... so 14 million in a day seems quite impressive.
  • Yeah, and if it were to sustain that rate for a full month, it would be at 420 million. I doubt it would sustain it for an entire month, but there are still many reservations that will need to be handled. It will probably keep it up for a week or so at least, then drop off a bit but continue to grow.
  • That's alot
  • I wonder how many out of that 24M were people who got impatient and did a force install. I know I did with the registry change 
  • Microsoft is taking over ze world!!! Mwah ha ha ha ha!!!!
  • Windows 10 is Skynet
  • Windows 10 isn't Skynet. The learning machines and software supporting Cortana is. :) She is everywhere and soon on iPhones and Android.
  • No. Android is Skynet.
  • Android crashes too much to be skynet.
  • Haha. Best response.
  • LOL
    then Skynet approaches Apple, and they began the deal!
  • they already took over it like 12 years ago
  • Waiting for the apps to flood the store
  • Wait for project project Astoria.. And if numbers continue to rise.. Developers won't be able to ignore our platform any longer :D
  • This guy deserves a truck of cookies. :)
  • These installs are primarily on PCs, not on mobile phones. On a handful of tablets too. Lets hope that Windows 10 removes alot of the problems with the present OS on the phones.Slowly the adoption rate will rise. The big apps aren't coming soon though.So far MS are doing things right this time.
  • Update yesterday to my 1020 made the phone slower. :(
  • Well.. Win10 aims to bring universal apps and MS is aiming to get developers by getting current user base to Windows 10.
    So developers will make app .. For desktop as well as mobile.. Thnx to universal app.
    Android and iOS apps are today for smaller and bigger screens. So with porting (project Astoria for android) existing apps will be built for desktop, tablets and mobile. So with growing user base.. Lets hope developers come on board like savan in India is coming next month.
  • @Daneshd1:
    How about the LOOOOONG promised new Windows Central app? Looking at you, Jay T. Bennett.
  • They said it will be released in August. It's still July 31st, a little patience is not bad.
  • Whoa!! Never see that cumin! Haha
  • It's probably behind the ginger.
  • Awesome comment!
  • LOL
  • In front of five spice?
  • Now... The apps! Hoping to match those! Haha!
  • Windows 10 world domination!
  • That's over 42 petabytes worth of downloads. Holy s***
  • Almost 2 per hr...
  • Only ~500gb/sec , still ramping up :)
  • Yeah, but a lot have downloaded without installing or activating, so it was higher than that.
  • Meanwhile I can't even get 1 gbps internet.
  • nor even 100Mbps internet on my region.
  • They must have some pretty good servers :P
  • They are using Teir 1 CDN networks to cache the files worldwide to reduce server and bandwidth loads.
  • How is Windows 10 on an i5/4gig ram/500mb laptop??
  • On Core 2 Duo.. Its running great so far.. So newer generation will rock! Only problem is buggy synaptic driver.. That has been plaguing my system since Windows 8.. Causes cursor freeze up.
  • dude I used to have this prolem but when I updated the Lenovo system interface all is good now and now I have windows 10 gestures.
  • Not sure but the Celeron 4GB ram laptop I upgraded runs better than it ever has.. There was an obviously quite old laptop at work and I got curious ;)
  • runs absolutly wonderful on my sp3 with i5 and 4gb
  • Surface Pro 2 i5, 4GB RAM 256GB SSD runs W10 like a champ.
  • I have a surface on 3rd Gen i5 4 megs of ram. It runs great!
  • 4 megs? I don't think Windows 10 would run well on 4 megabytes of RAM lol
  • I've already had it on 4gb Core 2 Duo systems for work and 4 works good. Even my Venue 8 Pro works pretty ok with 2gb of ram and an atom processor. Granted it's not going o do any high rend gaming but it's at least as fast as Windows 8 and both have been fast than 7. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • On my touchscreen Acer with exactly those specs (assuming you meant 500GB HDD), I've had no problems. Everything runs smoothly!
  • 7 year old laptop here, came with Windows Vista. I bought Windows 8 Pro for it and now i'm enjoying 10 Pro. And damn that thing is running fast! I did a factory reset though after the update. I recommend but there are a few bugs in the OS like Edge who crashes rarely and the action center who is sometimes slow to respond. For a daily driver, go ahead! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android.
  • I installed it on my mom's asus t100 with atom z3745 and 2gb ram and it runs flawlessly, zero issues so far. Asus has already made the windows 10 drivers tho..
  • Works very good on my hp pavilion PC with Pentium D 3.0Ghz, 4 GB DDR2 Ram and 2GB NVIDIA GT 520 graphics card and 17 inch monitor :D So yours should run great.
  • whoa, so even the Pentium D can get the great benefit? That's great!
  • I even have it in a 2009 netbook with an Atom and 2GB RAM and it doesn't fly (obviously) but works reasonably well, I'd say that somewhat better than the 8.1 it had before and certainly WAY better than the 7 Starter it had originally! Basically, hardware requirements for Windows haven't changed since Vista. But the set of requirements that was monstruous in 2007 is piece of cake nowadays.
  • Windows 10 runs smoothly on most machines, even the ones from the XP era. It has little issues with drivers compatibility. So, with your PC config, it'll be super smooth. Enjoy.
  •   I have it running over a month on Insider and now 10240 on an old Toshiba Satellite Core Duo, with 4GB ram and 256 HDD. I use the laptop for internet, DLg, movie and music playback.  It has been fine.        
  • Installed it right away and absolutely LOVE it!!! What a beautiful OS! Now all that remains for me to buy is the Surface Pro 4 and a high end Lumia phone!
  • I second that!
  • I 3rd that
  • Everybody that lol
  • That's the right idea! Will definitely be getting both!
  • I last tat
  • Add Band 2, XB1 (want a 2nd 1) and a Elite Controller for me.
  • loving windows 10 got it on lumia to
  • Still waiting on my update.
  • That's still a LOOOONG way from 1 billion. Just sayin'
  • A million a day for three years. No problem;)
  • Or 10 million a day for under 4 months. ;)
  • Certainly don't expect that, but if MS sustains 10 million a day for a decent period, developers will certainly notice.
  • I've read comments about people declaring W10M DoA, but there's something seriously wrong with devs if they don't take advantage of the universal app model and use same app on phone as on PC. So yeah, let's hope devs take notice!
  • I was thinking the same thing, I thought it would be way more already.  I'll be shocked if they even get up to 250 million in a year.
  • Seeing XP is on steady decline, Windows 7 is popular for its Start menu and 8 was declared a fail by many, I wouldn't bet on MS not being able to reach 250 million in a year.. free is free for an enormous group of people.
  • Yeah, but this number only includes downloads...
    There is no PC sales, Phone, XBOX, IOT, Wearables, HL.... Although, I'm sure MS means 2 billion users from W10PC, there's still more adoption to ramp up on just the PC side... Think about it.. If MS just opened the gates a little on updates, and the market isn't yet flooded with W10 machines, then what number will they be at after a year of free downloads, retail, and enterprise customers are running W10?.. The goal is 1billion by the end of 2016... That would be a record for an OS..
  • Windows 10 in PC,mobile ,Xbox , tabs ,IoT will be considered for that
  • And, that hasn't even started yet, so the numbers are going to be record breaking...
  • What I really want to see is the Steam numbers for Windows 10 after August. Will be interesting.
  • That's huge. Given that they provided upgrades to only insiders one the first. That's like huge huge. Humungous.
  • And this is only the people they chose to let in. They could have let though many many more based on the bandwidth they reserved.
  • Can't wait to see the desktop OS stats for August... At this rate W10 will overtake Linux desktop share in the first month and Mac share before this year is out :)
  • Well there is now one less user of Vista.... Don't care that I am on the insiders program to get the Windows 10 upgrade from Vista but it so worth it. My 8ur old PC feels like new again and I can now check out new features before they hit my main PC. I think we will see Windows 10 numbers sky rocket when people realize how easy the update is.
  • Ha ha ha yay ..,.
  • Well the upgrade has been super smooth for me and I'm loving it!
  • The rising Era of Microsoft.
  • I think so.... When your FB friends are talking about W10..... Something has definitely changed, and MS is cool again...... Literally overnight.
  • I still don't have it!! And I tried the force trick too. On my Asus K55. Argh!!!!!
  • Me too!
  • You can force via the new Microsoft tool to create a usb installer, it asks you if you want to update the underlying system too :)
  • But it wipes out all programs right?  
  • No it doesnt, i updated mine by downloading the tool, selected upgrade, save it as an ISO, post download, mounted the ISO upgraded my W8.1 Pro and all is well, still have all the programs i have installed earlier.
  • microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10
  • All you have to do is download the media creation tool and create a install USB. I upgraded 3 pc's with it.
  • Considering that it is releasing in possible slow waves, this is a decent amount of upgraded devices, well done Microsoft
  • I knew it, 100 million before the year is over
  • That's extremely conservative...
  • Probably more.
  • I couldn't upgrade via wu but used the download tool. Upgraded then clean install with 10
  • For Greece no yet ☹
  • Just download the ISO and still can upgrade your pc without losing files and apps.
  • I was in insider program, did a clean install when they dropped the ISO to get out of insider. Now my OS wont activate on a SP3. Do I need to go 8 to 10, activate, then clean install?
  • i had insider program install but went back to 8.1 to get the upgrade thought windows update then did a clean install
  • download keyfinder mate
  • Yes, you have to perform a upgrade (8-10) to the new licensing system reserve your license, after that you can clean install.
  • I am one of them!
  • That's 1 million people happier than I am...
  • I love Windows  10 :) .It only took 7 hrs to download & install, it's more faster than it was on 7.
  • Your internet connection.... Thumbs down.
  • its terrible. It's 1.5 Mbps up/down 
  • Waiting the mobile version now.
  • Will try to get my daughter's laptop on it over the weekend. My moms Pc's went tits up because of generic Intel graphic drivers, so I'll wait a bit for hers.
  • Do a clean install its always best, lets be honest and then any bad software will go too
  • Just go to device manager and update it . No need to search for the specific driver.
  • Device manager rarely ever works that way, it either says I have the best driver version or that it cannot find the correct driver.
  • Yes!! I hope that they can quickly take care of any bugs/issues and keep everyone's upgrade experience as smooth as possible! I want millions upon millions of happy and satisfied users,because we need it,and Microsoft and Windows deserve it. They've worked very hard. Kudos...
  • Got to keep in mind that 5 million of those were insiders and that only 9 million upgraded. Still, that's a lot for 48 hours (it released at midnight yesterday, so I have no idea why the title says 24 hours. It's been at least 42 for the entire planet and over 48 for most of them). At this rate, I expect Windows 10 to have a bigger install base than OS X by the end of next month.
  • It says 24 hours because that's what he was commenting on, not the first 48.
  • I don't get what you mean. The linked article talks about the first 24 hours after the launch, but the 14 miillion number is talking about right now (or roughly now).
  • LOL! Shade!
  • Just wait one hour the count will be 14 million plus one... Lol
  • Oh that's why my key hasn't been activated yet -.-"
  • You can activate it by downloading keyfinder
  • Keyfinder? What does it do?
  • I'm happy to be included in that number. Didn't reserve my copy with the system tray icon until yesterday, and it installed this morning on my win 7 pro machine. No trouble at all.
  • Strange...i reserved first day available and I got nothing yet... That's frustrating...
  • Download the ISO tool and upgrade it, its much easier.
  • Just want mine now....
  • 7 errors and counting... None of my three Win 8.1 devices are on Win 10 yet :(
  • And still many people around me doesn't even know Windows 10 has launched.
  • Alot of people don't update their computers. They see PC updates as a nuisance. Those people will never get the desktop icon to upgrade and probly won't care.
  • Waiting on NVIDIA to update their drivers for my geforce430, so I can upgrade to win10
  • Use Windows 8 drivers.
  • Check their website. There have been windows 10 drivers available for months.
  • I'm impressed how it upgraded on my tablet with only about 9 gig of space available. It was slow but it made it. Win 8 required that I delete office and a lot of stuff first.
  • If Windows Ten wasn't free, that would be minimum 1.4 billion dollars for Microsoft!!!!
  • No actually just 140 mil $ , coz the upgrades used to be priced at 10$ for new laptops
  • Loving it so far, just waiting for them to release that Insider build to enable Cortana in Australia (currently have the region set to UK to use Cortana).
  • This is f***ing awesomeeeeeeee.
  • Well done Microsoft. Well done.
  • mine just says " your PC is almost ready" We will notify you.
  • Yeah 14 million but not on any of mine
  • You're not one of those lucky 14 millions :)
  • I am one of the lucky ones, updated my SP3 on day one. It was easy, smooth and flawless. This is a truly beautiful OS :)
  • Download ISO and upgrade it, its much easier
  • Almost nearing 15 million... 25... 50... 1 billion!!! :D That's gonna happen for sure.... Long live MS!
  • .015% to 100%? Lol not anytime soon
  • 1.5% = 0.015
  • Randym7 said 0.015%, which is 0.00015.
  • It would be on 2 more if the upgrade worked better..
  • 4 computers here in my house are already on Windows 10.  Two more tablets will be upgraded soon.
  • Please someone should tell me if Windows 10 would be able to run on Mini Laptops
  • If the specs are 1ghz and 1 gb ram on 32 bit with a decent hd I don't see why not
  • Yes, works on my hp mini 110 netbook with Intel atom 2nd gen and 2 Gb ram
  • I've been waiting since launch day and still have nothing here.
  • You are better off downloading yourself. It's an easy process using an USB flash drive, that way you can download it to many other devices. Go to the Windows 10 download page and download the tool. Again, very easy process. Enjoy Windows 10.
  • I have the "Get Windows 10" app on my desktop,but can't actually download the software.
  • I used download tool from Microsoft site... https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co... since wu wasnt working right on all 4 pc here..
  • Sweet
  • 14 million successful installs, and 28 million people complaining about upgrade problems in the forums. At least it seemed like that many.
  • Downloaded the ISO and installed on 3 of my domain PCs no problem...
  • I hope that translates to 14 MILLION HANDSETS running W10M. How awesome would that be?! :D for now Windows10 OS is a slap in the face of OS X and Chrome OS! 14 million times! Lol
  • Because Windows 10 is awesome. install went perfect, zero issues. love it. Good job MS.