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Have you been waiting patiently since July 29 to receive your invitation to upgrade to Windows 10 Get Windows 10: It's Not a Virus! Get Windows 10: It's Not a Virus! The Get Windows 10 icon in your system tray is not a virus. It's Microsoft's official upgrade note prior to the official release of Windows 10 on July 29th, 2015. Read More ? Did you even sign up to get Windows 10 Can't See the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification? Here's How to Enable It. Can't See the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification? Here's How to Enable It. Are you also not seeing the Get Windows app on your Windows 7 or 8.1 devices? Let us show you how to enable the upgrade notification or cancel the upgrade in case you changed your... Read More , yet?

In this article you’ll learn how you can upgrade to Windows 10 Should You Upgrade to Windows 10? Should You Upgrade to Windows 10? Windows 10 is coming, but should you upgrade? Like almost every change it's mostly good, but also comes with drawbacks. We've summarized them for you, so you can make up your own mind. Read More anytime you want, although we urge you to wait in case you haven’t received an invitation, yet. We’ll also show you how to cancel the upgrade in case you’ve changed your mind.

Why You Should Wait

You signed up to Get Windows 10 on your Windows 7 or 8.1 device, but you never received an upgrade notification? There’s a reason for that!

Microsoft is inviting those systems to upgrade first that are more or less guaranteed to transition smoothly. Windows Insiders who shared hardware or software components with your setup might have run into issues with Windows 10. Until those challenges have been solved, for example through Windows 10 compatible driver updates, Microsoft won’t encourage you to upgrade and neither will we.

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Windows 10 is an exciting operating system and it will only get better, but it’s not without fault. Since its launch day Windows 10 Release Day: Everything You Need to Know Windows 10 Release Day: Everything You Need to Know The final version of Windows will be released on July 29th, but a lot of things remain nebulous. We have compiled the answers to the most frequently asked questions around Windows 10 and its release. Read More , a small number of upgraders have had serious issues, including WiFi not working, infinite reboots, slow gaming, and terrible battery life. Some issues were due to buggy updates, others were caused by drivers that had not been optimized for Windows 10. We can only speculate whether or not those issues were predominantly experienced by people who forced the upgrade.

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Reddit user datadyne007 has the following comment:

The “reservation” is not actually a reservation in terms of first-come-first-served. The time it takes for you to get the notification is solely based on your hardware’s known compatibility level with Windows 10 gathered from the Insider phase. Users with hardware that did not have problems got the update sooner and users with hardware that has known compatibility problems with Windows 10 are getting it when they are confident the problems are resolved. Many people who aren’t getting the notification are forcing their computer to 10 when it’s really not ready for it and are thus having problems.

If you have not yet received a notification to upgrade to Windows 10, you should be patient! You have no reason to hurry: You can upgrade for free until July 2016. It may be a good idea to at least wait until the big fall update, Threshold 2, is released.

Force the Windows 10 Upgrade

So you’re determined to upgrade now. Maybe the installation files have already been downloaded to your machine; check the size of the hidden folder C:\$Windows.~BT

Reddit user sirbruce has shared how you can force the upgrade with a registry hack. As always, we assume no responsibility for any damage inflicted upon your registry How to Fix Windows Registry Errors & When Not to Bother How to Fix Windows Registry Errors & When Not to Bother In most cases, fixing our registry will do nothing. Sometimes registry errors cause havoc after all. Here we'll explore how to identify, isolate and fix registry problems – and when to not bother at all. Read More !

Briefly, press Windows + R, type in regedit, hit Enter, and navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade

Create the key in case it doesn’t exist. Then create a DWORD (32-bit) value, name it AllowOSUpgrade, double-click the new entry, and set Value data to 1.

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Once these registry changes are in place, open the Get Windows 10 app from your system tray (bottom right), click on More information, followed by I want to upgrade now anyway (not recommended). Eventually, you should see a Get Started option. You can also go to Windows Update in the Control Panel and see whether the Windows 10 upgrade is available there.

Use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

Shortly after Windows 10 was launched on July 29, Microsoft made the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool available. You can download two versions of the tool, one for 32-bit and another for 64-bit Windows 10. The tool gives you two options, to Upgrade this PC now or to Create installation media for another PC. The latter can be used to both upgrade another Windows PC or install Windows 10 from scratch.

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On the download page of the tool, Microsoft notes:

IMPORTANT: To upgrade for free, select Upgrade this PC now in the tool. You should NOT be asked for a product key during the upgrade process. If you create a USB and use it to install, make sure to remove the USB as soon as setup begins. If you don’t, you may be prompted for a product key. If this happens, remove the USB and restart your PC to continue with setup.

We have previously shown how to use the tool to create Windows 10 installation media Make Today Your Launch Day: Get Windows 10 Now! Make Today Your Launch Day: Get Windows 10 Now! You're eager to install Windows 10. Unfortunately, you missed the Insider Preview and now it's taking a while until the upgrade will be rolled out to you. Here's how to get Windows 10 now! Read More .

Cancel the Windows 10 Upgrade

It’s OK to change your mind. If after all this, you’d prefer to upgrade at your own pace, you can cancel now.

If you’re still waiting for the notification to upgrade, open the Get Windows 10 app from the system tray, click the hamburger icon in the top left, go to View confirmation, and click Cancel reservation. You can even remove the Get Windows 10 app How to Get Rid of Windows 10 Upgrade Notification in Windows 7 & 8 How to Get Rid of Windows 10 Upgrade Notification in Windows 7 & 8 Windows 10 is coming and Microsoft wants everyone to upgrade. The Windows 7 & 8 popup reminder ensures that even the last person will be aware of this option. Here's how you can remove it. Read More . Briefly, uninstall KB3035583 and hide it from Windows Update when it returns.

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The SuperSite for Windows also recommends to run the Disk Cleanup tool (go to This PC / Computer, right-click your system drive, select Properties, then click the Disk Cleanup button) to remove Temporary installation files, which will free up disk space, in case Windows 10 bits had already been downloaded. In any case, you can delete the $Windows.~BT folder on your system drive.

If you’ve been invited to upgrade after signing up to Get Windows 10, use the prompt to schedule to upgrade for sometime in the future; you have up to 72 hours. Before this time runs up, uninstall KB3035583, select to reboot later, and run the Disk Cleanup to remove any Windows 10 installation files. After the timer triggers an upgrade process that is set to fail, return to Windows Update and hide KB3035583.

I Accidentally Upgraded to Windows 10, How Can I Go Back?

Don’t despair! You can roll back. During the upgrade, Windows 10 created a backup of your Windows 7 or 8.1 installation in a folder called Windows.old Free Up Disk Space by Removing Windows.old Folder Free Up Disk Space by Removing Windows.old Folder Windows prepares an automatic backup before you re-install. The Windows.old folder includes user profiles and personal files. Here's how to restore the data and remove the folder to free up space. Read More . With the help of the backup, you can downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1 How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 How to Downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1 Windows 10 is here and maybe it's not what you expected. If you already upgraded, you can perform a rollback. And if you haven't yet, create a system backup first. We show you how. Read More  via Settings > Update & security > Recovery, as outlined previously. Note that this option expires 30 days after upgrading.

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Windows 10 Will Still Be Here Later

We understand both the enthusiasm of users eager to ugprade 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More and the reservations of those suspicious of the many changes Windows 10 brings. We hope you’ll find the sweet spot between keeping it safe and satisfying your curiosity because we want your experience with Windows 10 to be a pleasant one. Whatever you do, don’t fall for one of the many Windows 10 scams Beware Scams Hiding Behind The Free Windows 10 Upgrade Beware Scams Hiding Behind The Free Windows 10 Upgrade A number of scammers are taking advantage of the enthusiasm and confusion for Windows 10, with several new scams targeting customers. Here's what you need to look for, and stay safe. Read More !

How did you upgrade and how did it go? And if you’re not on Windows 10, yet, what made you wait and when do you think you’ll be ready? We love to hear from you in the comments!

  1. Tracy
    October 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    I went to my uninstall/install programs, and I do not have KB3035583. I have 2 that begin with KB. I can't stop this upgrade, its going to happen and do not want it.

    • Tina Sieber
      October 5, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Tracy, the free Windows 10 upgrade has expired. If you didn't upgrade before August 2016, your computer won't upgrade now. With a recent update, Microsoft removed the KBs that were responsible for the automatic upgrade. You know this happened if you no longer see the "Get Windows 10" button in your status bar.

  2. Jeremy A Moats
    August 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    On August 2nd, I used the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool and created a USB Drive to install Windows 10 manually. As I had created a complete backup of everything I had in Windows 7, I did a complete FORMAT and clean install of Windows 10.

    Installation took about half an hour and it worked great.

    The only problem is that - if you upgrade as I did with a clean install - your Windows Product ID from the upgraded OS will not be valid.

    After 9 HOURS of hold time trying to get through to the WINDOWS 10 Tech support (half the time it routed me to the MS Office Tech Support, who could not help me and put me on hold for another 3 hours), they told me I need to re-install Windows 7, wait 48 hours, and then install the UPGRADE and not a clean install of Windows 10.

    They said they are working on a fix for this problem, and that - since I wrote down both my Product ID and Activation Code for Windows 7, I could simply continue using the "Not Activated" Windows 10 and just wait until they figure out a fix for the problem.

    They still have not found a fix for the problem

  3. Rob Hindle
    August 17, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks for the "heads up" on Threshold 2 and a possible reason I'm not getting the upgrade icon on a PC I believe meets the requirements (5 year old Dell with Win 7 - CPU, RAM, disk and graphics all look well above minimum spec).

    I see Sony are advising users of Sony PCs on Win7/8 not to take the update yet which agrees with your advice.

    Any idea if I'd hit problems if I used the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool then swapped out my hard disk for a spare and loaded Win 10 to that (any risk of MS License issues for example). Then if it all ends in tears I can just swap back to the older disk, a 5 minute job and no worries about problems people have mentioned like Win 7 drivers being overwritten on the old disk.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 17, 2015 at 8:33 pm

      Rob,

      That sounds like a simple and safe approach. And from what I understand, you can swap your hard drive because the license / Windows 10 activation is associated with your UEFI / BIOS. Couldn't find anything to the contrary online.

  4. red_green_esq
    August 17, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I got it,but what a chore! I had to call Microsoft six times. Each time,a tech in India rambled around n my PC but accomplished nothing. Then,it finally took(without their help),but took four hours to load and itall. Discovered rigoffI dont like that talking thing-Cortina?-and turned it off. Sitll getting used to it. I have two PCs. This one has the 10,the other still runs 8.1. I wont upgrade it.Still alot about 8.1 I like.Except those unending updates(I set the updater to never check,and load them once a month.Never see where they accomplish anything anyway). So far,I like the 10,but too soon to say I like it better than 8.1.

  5. JD
    August 17, 2015 at 2:32 am

    As a precaution, I went to every single driver on my system to make sure MSFT did not install their standard drivers and override the correct system ones.
    I also ordered a new HP Pavillion with Win 10 pre installed and top specs!! Oh well, it was a great learning experience if anything!!
    Good luck all

  6. JD
    August 17, 2015 at 2:20 am

    Go to your drivers>right click on the driver you may be having an issue with >update driver software>left click:browse my computer for driver software>left click let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer>pick your native driver and Do Not pick standard VGA graphics driver!!! click next...Done. It will install the correct one, you may have to wait a bit. Same for the audio driver , and if you have any problems with other issues go to that driver that controls your issue and do the same.
    Worked on a few friends systems !00% each time and got their systems back to normal.
    Another note, if you go back to windows 7 the drivers will still have to be updated again to the original one.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 17, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Thank you for sharing your solution, Joe!

  7. JD
    August 17, 2015 at 1:51 am

    After I did a re-upgrade windows 10 ran incredibly smooth and fast . Very nice OS and easy to work with...Remember to check all the correct drivers are back in place, for whatever reason on some machines msft installs there own drivers if they cant detect the native ones.
    Worth the upgrade!!

  8. JD
    August 17, 2015 at 1:46 am

    I did the initial upgrade with the media creation tool on my 5yr old Dell Inspiron 15 and everything went smooth as far as downloading and installing. However when it rebooted I was using a lot of my cpu and a lot of ram when I started many graphic heavy applications, including browsers. Thought it was toast!!
    However , after much research and a few backups, it turned out that msft installed there own graphic driver and audio driver overriding the native drivers.
    I went in and reinstalled those original two drivers from my installed files, noticing in the process the msft drivers.

  9. Rob Blanchette
    August 16, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I upgraded a VirtualBox version of Windows 7 on a Mac. It worked fine until the updates this week and it kept freezing to the point where I could do nothing except force the machine to power off (as if I held the power button down). Nothing else worked. I put my copy of Windows 7 back on.

  10. Jason Hammond
    August 16, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    I tried using the media creation tool and it was stuck on 1% for 6hrs. In the end I gave up and switched the computer off.

  11. Howard Blair
    August 16, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Tina: Listing image is missing.:)

  12. Phid ippides
    August 16, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    I upgraded two desktops - one new PC running 8.1, and an older one running 7. Both upgraded without problem, but the newer one ran into trouble a few days ago when the native Windows 10 mail client started freezing up and no apps could be downloaded or updated from the Windows store. I noticed that I was not the only one having the mail and apps problem, and that Windows was going to send out an update to fix the problem. After waiting a few days, the update was offered, and my machine is running smoothly once again.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 16, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you for the input, Phid!

      It's curious that newer machines seems to have more issues than older ones. I speculated in my response to Jeffrey below why that may be. While it's annoying that the issues existed in the first place, it's good to see that Microsoft was able to release a bug fix in a relatively short time frame.

  13. Jeffrey Austin
    August 16, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    During the first day of release, I tried updating my brand-new 64-bit machine that came installed with 8.1, an operating system with which I am not thrilled. My machine would not recognize the ethernet connection of my FIOS router. I spoke first with a Verizon tech, who was not the class valedictorian, but did his best -- and the thing (briefly) connected. Several minutes later, I was back on the phone with our little friends at Verizon, and got a lively-minded, entertaining tech who had received absolutely zero training on the potential hazards of 10, but was busily scouring internal communications and anything he could find going down live on the net for some clue as a fix. In the interest of fun and experimentation, we tried a bunch of things, with utter failure. With my machine being so new, it would have been only a minor inconvenience to restore the thing and start again from scratch, but thanks to Microsoft's prescient roll-back feature, I was able to pretend like the whole irritating thing never happened. Conversely, for the sake of amusement, last week I did an upgrade on my battered, weary old Dell laptop, which was creakily running 7. The upgrade went smoothly, and the thing appears to have gotten a functional boost from the new system.

    • Tina Sieber
      August 16, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you for sharing your experience!

      Glad to hear you could roll back without issues, Jeffrey. I can confirm a smooth rollback experience, but some people weren't that lucky.

      I guess the observation that older machines have less issues can be explained in several different ways: 1) You upgraded later on your old machine and maybe Windows Updates fixed some of the known issues in the meantime. 2) Windows Insiders might have used older machines (rather than their newer main system) to test the Windows 10 Technical / Insider Preview, which gave Microsoft more time to solve issues seen on those devices. 3) Microsoft shared the final version of Windows 10 with OEMs just days before its launch, giving them almost no time to test Windows 10 and develop functional drivers or bug fixes.

  14. Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
    August 16, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    I've had problems logging in with my Microsoft Account since updating. A google shows others have too. But I have found no resolutions nor have I found a tech site addressing this problem

    • Tina Sieber
      August 16, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Thank you for the heads-up, Howard. What kind of issues have you had?

      • Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
        August 16, 2015 at 10:24 pm

        Mostly with the Microsoft Account not being accepted.. password rejected message even tho the account works online on my other windows 7 PC

        I think it might be related to an RPC SERVER FAIL message on the same PC after logging in with a STANDARD LOCAL ACCOUNT and looking for an ADMIN verification with the Microsoft Account one. It was refused too .... just a different error message.

      • Howard A Pearce @HAPLibertarian
        August 16, 2015 at 10:30 pm

        Does anyone know if the RPC Server has to be running to verify a Microsoft Account while logging in ?

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