MICROSOFT HAS warned users that they could be waiting 'weeks' for their free upgrade to Windows 10.
In an email sent round to users who had reserved the new flagship OS, the company warned, "You’ve already reserved, so your free upgrade is on the way. This is the largest software upgrade event ever and we’re managing it so everyone has a great experience. Your notification to upgrade could come as soon as a few days or in a few weeks."
Although The INQUIRER has been warning that it may not be that everyone gets Windows 10 on Day One, we were more than a little surprised at just how long the rollout is now scheduled to take.
But if you're of those people who just can't wait for Microsoft to pop up its little message telling you that your download of Windows 10 is ready, then Happy OCD-placation Day. We've got a link for you to download it.
Remember: this is free but only if you have a valid Windows 7 or Windows 8 product key. It should remember your code if you're upgrading, but we've seen a few people having problems here and there, so make a note of it before you start.
It's an official Microsoft link. It will require you to burn the .iso image to DVD or create a bootable USB key. Fortunately, after years of waiting, Microsoft has finally got round to making a Media Creation Tool to make bootable USBs a breeze.
It may also involve fiddling around in your BIOS to make sure that the computer knows to boot from the external media, so if you're not confident in that sort of shenanigans we'd suggest heading to The Winchester, having a pint and waiting for it all to blow over.
Here's the Windows 10 link. Everything you do with it is at your own risk. Follow the instructions carefully and don't come crying to us if you try to upgrade from Windows 2000 and break the internet. And the Media Creation tool is here.
We've waited a long time for this operating system, from the initial unveiling of the Start Menu, through to the bizarre naming announcement and the first Insider releases. If you've not woken up this morning to find your upgrade waiting, you might be close to exploding by now.
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