With the official Windows 10 launch this week and Microsoft's promise that the upgrade for Windows 7/8.1 systems will be free for the first year after launch, you'll have until July 29, 2016, to make your move. Just because it's free doesn't mean you have to rush to get your copy—unless, of course, it's a status thing.
For the ordinary Windows user, there really isn't any immediate need to be one of the first people to download Windows 10. In fact, you'll probably have a better upgrade experience if you hold off for a bit. Wait for the hype to die down, wait for the load on the Windows Update servers to wane, and more importantly, wait for the first wave of updates to make their way out to the masses of Windows users who had to be the first.
Besides, unless you're a Windows Insider program participant, chances are that you won't be able to get Windows 10 right away anyhow.
In his July 2nd blog post, "Windows 10: Preparing to Upgrade One Billion Devices," Terry Myerson stated:
"We want to make sure all of you have a great upgrade experience, so we'll roll-out Windows 10 in phases to help manage the demand."
He then goes on to say:
"Starting on July 29, we will start rolling out Windows 10 to our Windows Insiders. From there, we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th. Each day of the roll-out, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users."
That last sentence hints at the fact that the Microsoft is anticipating the possibility that there may be some glitches in the first wave of the roll out.
To be sure, I'm not suggesting that you hold out for months before you upgrade—rather, I'm saying that you may want to give it a couple of weeks just to see how others are faring with Windows 10. With Microsoft's Windows as a service model, the ongoing testing via the extension of the Windows Insider program, and the rapid update system developed during the Windows Insider preview program, the hope is that any issues that crop up in the first weeks after initial availability will be quickly resolved.
What's your take?
Will you be one of the first to upgrade your Windows 7/8.1 system to Window 10? Or will you take a more cautious approach? Let us know in the discussion thread below.
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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.