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Get Windows 10: It’s Not a Virus!

Tina Sieber 08-06-2015

When you see the Get Windows 10 icon in your system tray, you can now reserve your Windows 10 upgrade. It’s not a virus. It’s Microsoft’s official upgrade note prior to the official release of Windows 10 When Does Windows 10 Come Out, How Can You Get It & What Happens to the Technical Preview? Windows 10 is coming soon. Still confused about how the upgrade will work and wondering about the timeline? We have some answers, although more questions remain. Read More on July 29th, 2015.


Can You Upgrade to Windows 10?

For the free upgrade to Windows 10 Is Your Computer Compatible with Windows 10 & Can You Upgrade? Windows 10 is coming, possibly as soon as July. Are you eager to upgrade and will your system be eligible? In short, if your computer runs Windows 8, it should also run Windows 10. But... Read More , you must be running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1. Below are the Windows 10 hardware requirements:

  • Processor: 1 GHz or faster; to run Windows 10 64-bit, it must support CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW, and LAHF/SAHF capabilities
  • RAM: 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit)
  • Free hard disk space to install: 16 GB (32-bit), 20 GB (64-bit)
  • Free hard disk space to upgrade: 3 GB to download the installation files
  • Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 1024 x 600 pixels

The required hardware specs are very similar to Windows 7 and 8.1, which is why upgrading to Windows 10 shouldn’t be an issue. Note that you will also need a Microsoft account 5 Security Tips to Consider When Using a Microsoft Account You can't use much of the new Windows 8 user interface without a Microsoft account. The account you for logging into into your computer is now an online account. This raises security concerns. Read More and some Windows 10 features, such as Windows Hello or Cortana will require additional hardware or won’t be available in all locations.

Beyond hardware, there might be other compatibility issues. To that end, Microsoft has included an upgrade advisor in its Get Windows 10 app. To see whether Windows 10 is compatible with your Windows setup, click the Get Windows 10 system tray icon to open the app. Expand the menu by clicking the hamburger menu in the top left, then select Check your PC, and see which programs or devices might be incompatible with Windows 10, if any.

Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor

Unfortunately, it’s not yet possible to download a separate Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor.


Which Windows 10 Version Will You Get?

Along with all other Windows 10 specifications, Microsoft also posted which edition of Windows 10 you will get when you upgrade. Please see the screenshot below for the full list.

Windows 10 Upgrade Editions

Will You Lose Anything?

Maybe. Your data and installed programs will be mainained, at least for the most part. Microsoft recently posted the overview of what you can keep when you upgrade to Windows 10 below.

Windows 10 What You Keep


“Most apps” is the keyword here. When you upgrade to Windows 10, you might lose some apps and features that are being deprecated. Here is a brief list:

Most notably, if you use the free upgrade route, all future Windows 10 updates will be automatically installed Windows 10 Upgrade - Free Doesn't Mean It Won't Cost Anything There's a catch to the free Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft understands its audience all too well; they are more likely to pay for the freedom of control, rather than for extra features. Read More on your system with no option to defer or reject them.

Why Should You Reserve Your Windows 10 Upgrade?

You don’t have to reserve your Windows 10 upgrade now to be able to upgrade on July 29th. You will have time to upgrade to Windows 10 for free until July 28th 2016. The reason Microsoft is offering a reservation is because they’re expecting a significant number of people will want to upgrade; Windows Insiders alone make up around 4 million potential upgraders.

When you make a reservation, the Windows 10 installation files will be pre-downloaded to your system prior to its official release. Trickle-downloading the files over a number of days will reduce the load on Microsoft’s servers and ensure that everyone who is eager to upgrade will be able to do so immediately on launch day. The download will start on the RTM (release to manufacturing) date, which hasn’t been announced, yet.



Windows 10 reservations also give Microsoft an idea about how many people are interested in upgrading. Microsoft’s Windows 10 marketing so far has been very strategic and as Paul Thurrott noted on Windows Weekly, this information could be used for promoting Windows 10. Many people might be more interested in upgrading, if they heard that one out of five Windows 7 users had signed up to upgrade to Windows 10 on July 29th.

Will You Have to Upgrade If You Opt In Now?

No. While the files will be downloaded to your computer some time prior to July 29th, you won’t have to upgrade to Windows 10 on launch day. Windows will, however, remind and try to convince you to initiate the installation. We don’t yet know how you’ll be able to stop these reminders.

Don’t See the Get Windows 10 Notification?

If you don’t see the notification, you probably didn’t install the optional update KB3035583 Has Microsoft Installed Adware on Your PC to Promote Windows 10? Windows 10 is coming and Microsoft is going to great lengths to ensure each and every Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 user is fully aware. Is update KB3035583 essentially adware? Read More . To get the notification, launch Windows Update Windows Update: Everything You Need to Know Is Windows Update enabled on your PC? Windows Update protects you from security vulnerabilities by keeping Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office up-to-date with the latest security patches and bug fixes. Read More and make sure it’s been downloaded and installed.


Still can’t see the system tray icon? You can also access the Get Windows 10 app through the Control Panel Unlock Windows Potential: Control Panel Demystified If you want to be the master of your Windows experience, the Control Panel is where it's at. We untangle the complexity of this power tool. Read More . In Windows 7, press Windows Key + C, in Windows 8.1 right-click on the Start button and select Control Panel. Find the Windows 10 is coming soon announcement and click Reserve to launch the app.

Windows 10 Is Coming Windows Update

If you’re a Windows Insider dual booting the Windows 10 Technical Preview 3 Easy Ways To Install Windows 10 Technical Preview You can try Windows 10 Technical Preview for free and help Microsoft polish its new flagship operating system. Before you install it, make sure you choose the best method for your needs. Read More and hardly ever logging into Windows 7 or 8.1, you might not see any of these, despite having all updates installed.

Don’t Want to Upgrade?

If you already made a reservation, you can cancel it anytime. Simply right-click on the Get Windows 10 icon in your system tray, go to Check your upgrade status, and select Cancel reservation.

To get rid of the system tray icon, you can either hide the icon or uninstall and hide the optional update When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It Did a Windows Update crash your system? Here's a quick list of troubleshooting steps that will help you restore Windows to a functional state. Read More KB3035583.

Hide Update

To hide the icon, right-click the Taskbar, under the Taskbar tab click the Customize… button next to Notification area, find the Get Windows 10 icon, and select Hide icon and notifications or Only show notifications.

Will You Get Windows 10?

In less than two months we’ll know for sure how many people were convinced to upgrade to Windows 10. If you don’t currently run a version of Windows that is eligible to upgrade for free, you could get a cheap Windows 7 or 8 license How to Get a Cheap Windows 7 or 8 License Now to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free Worried about the future of your old or pirated Windows copy? Now is the time to snatch a cheap Windows 7 or 8 license to secure yourself that free upgrade to Windows 10. We show... Read More now.

Will you be among the first to upgrade to Windows 10 or will you wait it out? What makes you enthusiastic or skeptical? Please share your point of view with us!

Image credit: Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor [Broken URL Removed] and Windows 10 Is Coming via SuperSite for Windows

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  1. Malcul
    June 7, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    You do NOT need a Microsoft account. You CAN shut down much of the Microsoft flimflam and hidden communications. Makes it very much like Windows 7 but better!

  2. Eric
    March 29, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I removed the update that puts the Icon on the task bar and that worked but it came back. I removed the update again and marked it as hide. Again it worked but it came back. That's a virus. I did try Windows 10 when I first got the Icon but I lost the use of two of my four monitors and I lost audio. Other than that and my dislike of the user interface, I still couldn't find anything I liked about it.

  3. craig
    March 23, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    AHAHAHHAHAHHA its not a virus.... rofl... yes it #@$@#%$ is! If I cannot control it or remove it and it was "forced" on me. Its a @#%@#% virus. YOU TOOL! everytime I go to the internet it "takes over my computer" VIRUS! Only to freaks like you who think that once I have purchased software, it should be yours to control, would this not be a virus. If I have lost control and you have gained it... ITS A (*&^(&*^%## VIRUS. so ridiculous

  4. Knowbody
    January 17, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    You say it's not a virus, but it has all the signs of malware: it's designed to install itself without users knowledge or permission (the updates are deliberately labelled incorrectly), and makes itself difficult to remove.

  5. Anonymous
    June 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    i will prefer windows 8.1

  6. Anonymous
    June 17, 2015 at 9:07 am

    I prefer Windows 7

  7. Anonymous
    June 10, 2015 at 5:40 am

    I have installed a Linux distro along with windows 7 and I'm hoping that that the windows 10 installation won't interfere with my other OS. I like the new interface and features of windows 10 and I've reserved my update but i would wait to see how safe the installation would be.

  8. Anonymous
    June 9, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I have Win7 Home Premium I am happy with,and have no desire to upgrade to Win10 until they drag me kicking and screaming into it.

  9. Anonymous
    June 9, 2015 at 10:43 am

    I am actually looking forward to Windows 10 and I reserved my update yesterday. I do have a question about the update though. Maybe this is the wrong place to ask but here goes any way.

    My laptop came with Win 7 Home Premium installed. As I bought it within a certain period prior to the release of Win 8, I qualified for an upgrade to Win 8 Pro at a greatly reduced price (about £15 if memory serves). So I paid my money and upgraded to 8 Pro and have since applied the 8.1 update from the Windows Store. So I am now running Win 8.1 Pro.

    Will I be able to upgrade the upgrade? Will I be able to upgrade from 8.1 Pro to 10 Pro or will I have to do a clean install of my original 7 Home Premium in order to upgrade to 10 Home?

    Also if I am able to upgrade from 8.1 Pro to 10 Pro and at some point wish to do a fresh re-install, will I have to start with 7 HP, then go to 8 Pro, then to 8.1 Pro in order to get back to 10 Pro again? I recently performed a fresh re-install and it took me two days to get back to 8.1 with having to apply around 180 updates to 7, then about the same to 8 and then around 70 updates to 8.1.

    • Anonymous
      June 10, 2015 at 2:47 am

      it says it in this article, windows 8.1 pro will be windows 10 pro... there is even a nice little picture about it. I'm not sure how the fresh install will be but since they already said that you can do a fresh install of windows 10 from the get go, I imagine it will be the same down the line.

  10. Anonymous
    June 9, 2015 at 2:38 am

    for some reason i do not get the reserve windows 10 update thing, I have all the required things but nothing shows up in the system tray or in control panel. I was an insider but I did not install windows 10 preview on this computer since this is my daily driver, surprisingly enough my other computer did get it. I personally will wait for awhile after it goes live because I don't want to be basically an open beta tester the preview is still not up to snuff in my opinion, just last week after an update it started doing a restart loop and i had trouble getting windows 10 to reinstall so i went back to windows 7

  11. Anonymous
    June 8, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    It may not be a virus, but it is nagware if you don't have the option to turn it off without un-installing something.

    Due to it's end July roll-out, it will not be deployed where I work (a college) as they will not deploy it until it has been tested against all the various software we have to run for courses, databases etc. so it is likely to be summer 2016 before it graces the desktops at work. I would imagine a lot of colleges etc will be in the same boat for the same reason.

    Not seen any pricing for corporates, education etc, but an annual fee will likely be a deal breaker for a lot of places with education budget cuts in the UK. I can see quite a few holdouts until they have to. I presume MS will be doing sweeteners for education.

    Personally, I will no upgrade, but may do a clean install. My only concern is the

    "Most notably, if you use the free upgrade route, all future Windows 10 updates will be automatically installed on your system with no option to defer or reject them." section.

    MS (and other OS makers, to be fair) have not shown themselves particularly trustworthy in deciding what is 'best' for users.

    If my job did not require it, Win 7 would probably be the last Windows OS to be used as my main machine (I also use Mac and Linux).

    I doubt I will be at the front of the queue for this, though I will be doing it from a clean install (like Keefe). Cannot afford an MS screw-up on a machine I need everyday. I prefer to set up a solo machine and test each necessary piece of software as I go.

  12. Anonymous
    June 8, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Does anyone know how the storage footprint compares to Windows 7? Say, I want to upgrade to windows 10 and have 3GB free for the upgrade files, then will the final installation leave me 3GB more space used up?

  13. Anonymous
    June 8, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    I'll actually be upgrading now that I found out I that once upgraded, I can do a clean install. That was my biggest question for me when it came to this free upgrade to Windows 10. Doing a clean install just creates less headaches just in case a few problems from your previous OS carry over to the new one. It also ensures that all drivers and programs are compatible as well. I know that Windows is supposed to take care of all that for me but as an IT tech in training, I was taught the importance of industry standards. In the corporate and organizational world, you never do an upgrade like that to Windows 10. You create a test image from a cleanly installed OS and once all the small details and problems are worked out. you either push it out on new hardware or overwrite that of the old.

    So for the sake of getting used to industry standards, I'll be taking the long route in upgrading my computer. It will take time and a lot of preparation but I think it'll lead to less problems for me in the long run. Also gives me a chance to work out any problems I have with individual programs or games just in case something went wrong when first installed them! (Star Trek Online, I'm looking at you!)

  14. Anonymous
    June 8, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I can hardly wait for the first bit of malware that copies the look and feel of the Windows 10 update notifier.

    What's the over-under in days?