In a pre-session presentation related to the March 19, 2015 event on upgrading to Windows 10 from different operating systems, Julius Ho from Microsoft made some interesting points. These points are the basis of this post on how to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and even Windows 7 and the process involved.
It is clear that Windows 10 will be a free update for everyone – even for some who use counterfeit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 and will be available somewhere this summer – which could be anytime from June to September.
Windows 10 – It’s time to get excited
Windows 10 is very interesting. Microsoft is betting everything on the operating system, which will be the same on all types of devices, from PCs to laptops, tablets and phones. Functions may be more or less available depending on the type of device used. For example, a 512 MB Windows phone may have fewer features compared to a phone with 1 GB of memory.
To keep everything legitimate, Microsoft allows all users of Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 – even if they use pirated copies – to upgrade to Windows 10, after which it is very possible that it will be based on subscriptions, just like Microsoft said earlier, updates will be sent to Windows 10 when and as needed. In all likelihood, there will be no Windows 11. Windows 10 is Windows as a service and works the same way: pushing updates and keeping the operating system updated to deal with malware and cybercriminals, not to mention later versions . availability of user interface changes and other features.
Windows 10: Update vs. Update
According to the PowerPoint presentation, Windows 10 combines the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, while improving key elements such as ease of navigation and security. For the first time in the history of deploying a higher-level version of the enterprise operating system, Microsoft is asking companies to upgrade desktops rather than create disk images. It is said that the process will make it easier to upgrade to Windows 10.
Microsoft defines the word Update in three different contexts:
Modify an existing operating system by changing some files
For desktops, it could be KB (Windows updates), patches, or hotfixes
For mobile devices, it could even mean switching from Windows 8 (Apollo) to Windows 8.1 (Blue)
After defining updates, Microsoft defines the Upgrade as follows:
For desktops, upgrading (not upgrading as defined above) means changing the entire operating system, reinstalling device drivers and applications
For Mobile, Microsoft says that the terms «upgrade» and «upgrade» are used interchangeably and that, technologically, everything on mobile devices is an «upgrade.»
Windows 10 Upgrade Path & Matrix
The term «upgrade» would mean switching to Windows 10, and the term «upgrade» means changing Windows 10 after it is launched and installed on machines.
If you check the Windows 10 update matrix, you will see how it will be possible to upgrade to Windows 10.
You may see that the direct update path is not compatible with Windows 7 RTM, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8.0. Windows users can burn an ISO to upgrade directly to Windows 10 if they are already using Windows 7 RTM, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 RTM, Windows 8.1.
Similarly, people using Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to receive the «update» as a Windows Phone update.
Windows RT is not supported.
Regarding the following matrix, the way to use «updates» to switch to Windows 10 is limited to Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 S14. Everyone else except RT must use an ISO file. They can be updated directly on top of the existing operating system so that the device drivers are not reinstalled separately. The other method is a clean install in which you remove your old operating system, upgrade to Windows 10, install the device drivers and all the necessary applications that were used before «UPDATE».
As shown in the table above, desktops and laptops can be upgraded to Windows 10 using ISO support and, in the case of Windows 8.1 S14 (Windows 8.1 Update), using Windows Update.
For mobile phones, although it would «push» the new operating system in a staggered manner over a period of time, it is still called «upgrade». In other words, Windows 8.1 Phone will automatically update to Windows 10 after the latest version. In general, mobile phones periodically check for software updates, and if they find Windows 10, they will install the operating system after asking your permission, just as they did to upgrade from Windows Phone 8 to Windows Phone 8.1.
Read: What version of Windows 10 will you upgrade to?
Windows 10 update process
Windows 10 will use the partition change according to Microsoft’s pre-session presentation on how to upgrade to Windows 10. If there is not enough space available, Windows 10 can extend the system partition to make way for the new operating system. Similarly, on mobile phones, customizable application files and system files can be transferred to the SD card in case of low storage space. We talked about how Windows 10 will reduce its footprint to save space using smart compression algorithms. Please take a look at the image below to see how Microsoft intends to update Windows 10 mobile phones.
While we wait for the final arrival of Windows 10 towards the end of summer 2015, you can take a look at MSDN Channel 9 to see what’s happening in the release of the Windows 10 update program that is scheduled to happen soon.
Update: Windows 10 editions have been announced. Book your free upgrade to Windows 10. See this Windows 10 edition comparison chart for more details.