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Watch that space ! A question or two :) on the W10 upgrade

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    Watch that space ! A question or two :) on the W10 upgrade


    Firstly... and this is all pure speculation. Just thinking aloud.

    So, I got to thinking, as you do about the forthcoming W10 release and how we might be aware of its imminent arrival as the date approaches. There is going to be a lot of bandwidth used to deploy this to goodness knows how many machines......

    And so I wondered if a clue could be in watching our C drive free space on 'qualifying machines' and seeing if it starts to drop as perhaps files get loaded in preparation for the event. That would ease the load on servers dramatically.

    Could something like that happen do you think ? and if it did (remember this is all speculation and thought) then how would those not set to automatically update go on ?

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    Hello Mooly,

    See videos in the tutorial below for more details on how the "Get Windows 10" reservation works. You will get a notification to let you know the reserved free Windows 10 upgrade is ready to download and install.

    Reserve Free Upgrade to Get Windows 10 in Windows 7 and 8.1 - Windows 10 Forums
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    Thanks Shawn that sort of confirms it then. So we just might actually see disc space being used between now and the 29th July as files are added.

    I have Windows Update set to notify only and so I'm assuming that would not stop any upgrade files coming down the wire so to speak. I'll be honest, I haven't reserved mine as yet, I don't know whether to jump now or wait and see.

    All good stuff.
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    You have until July 29th 2016 to reserve your free copy. Windows Insiders will also get a free upgrade.
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    Thanks Shawn.

    Its a bit of a case of 'I used to be undecided but now I'm not so sure'. I've got 8.1 so 'sorted' to my needs that I'm a bit reluctant I suppose. I genuinely like what I have.

    On the other hand though, of course I'll want a play and want to be in on it all too... so I might put my currently unused original W7 Dell OEM back on this PC nearer the time and just bring it up to qualifying spec to allow an upgrade. That would leave my retail 8.1 license free to be reinstalled on my older laptop... either to use as 8.1 or upgrade.
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    If you like, you could dual boot or install in a VM the Windows 10 Insider Preview to get a good play with it to see how you like it so far.

    Download Windows 10 Insider Preview ISO File - Windows 10 Forums
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    I may well do that actually as I've been out of the loop on using 10 for a few months now. I did try an upgrade route some weeks ago but hit major problems, post #6 here,

    W8.1 to W10 Upgrade installation taking far to long. - Windows 10 Forums

    Such issues may have been resolved by now of course.
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    Well I tried the clean install route from bootable USB and it hit major problems. I have not yet managed to get 10 running on my Dell Vostro. My 9 yr old Acer has no such problems.

    Build 10074, clean SSD, stuck on just a moment after credentials - Windows 10 Forums
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    If it's an older computer, it might not support UEFI if you are trying to install Windows 10 with UEFI.
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    Its a 3yr old Dell Vostro. Core i5 and with the latest (W8.1) BIOS update. I just downloaded the ISO file from your link above and used 'ISOTOUSB' to make a bootable USB drive. The same method works fine on my nine yr old Acer (lol)
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