Windows 10

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 by Alexander Wright No Comments

So the time is nearly here, July 29th and the launch of Windows 10.

Most people will have noticed the small windows logo that has popped up next to the clock on the task bar the last month or so, have you opted in to the free upgrade to Windows 10?


There’s a few things you should know before jumping in……..


Traditionally whenever you get a new operating system you backup your data, wipe the system and then install on a fresh slate. This can be done with the upgrade but maybe not quite as simply.

Can I perform a clean install using the Free upgrade?

No, it will require that you are running a previous qualifying version and start the upgrade from within the qualifying version. You can initiate a clean install after completing the Upgrade.

Please be aware that you cannot use the free upgrade offer to perform a clean install on first attempt. You must first upgrade from the qualifying version of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 (whether you do it through Windows Update or using the .ISO file). Ensure the upgrade is completed successfully and then ensure that it is activated. You can then proceed to do a clean install by using recovery media or using the Reset function in Start > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Reset this PC (Get Started).

windows setup


Just what happens to the previous windows 7 or 8 license you have? Well that ‘old’ license is absorbed into the new windows 10 installation.

This brings us onto the sticky subject of licensing. It’s a bit of a minefield which all depends on what version of a windows license you have.

To keep things simple here is a key:

OEM : A license that came with your system when you bought it, usually a small sticker on the case.

Retail: Bought separately from the computer, usually a DVD in a box with a license on a booklet


Full version (Retail):

– Includes transfer rights to another computer.

– Doesn’t require a previous qualifying version of Windows.

– Expensive

Upgrade version (Retail):

– Includes transfer rights to another computer.

– require a previous qualifying version of Windows.

– Expensive, but cheaper than full version


OEM versions of Windows are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

– OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

– OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

– OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

– OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system



So what happens if you upgrade to windows 10 and decide it’s just not for you.

Can I uninstall Windows 10 if I do not like it or something goes wrong?

Yes you can, but only in the 1st 30 days after upgrading to Windows 10, see the following: How to: Rollback to a previous version of Windows from Windows 10


Which edition of Windows 10 will be installed?

So now that you know what can and cannot be done with your license here’s another thing to consider.

Window 7 and 8/8.1 had many different versions, arguably too many. As such Microsoft is cutting things down to size a little with windows 10.

When you upgrade, you’ll stay on like-to-like editions of Windows. For example, Windows 7 Home Premium will upgrade to Windows 10 Home.

Windows 10 Updates:

Is it true I cannot prevent automatic updates in Windows 10 Home and Pro?

Yes, updates can be deferred in Windows 10 Pro, but not indefinitely.


Defer updates in Windows 10

Some Windows 10 editions let you defer upgrades to your PC. When you defer upgrades, new Windows features won’t be downloaded or installed for several months. Deferring upgrades doesn’t affect security updates. Note that deferring upgrades will prevent you from getting the latest Windows features as soon as they’re available

This is something very important as far as business customers are concerned. Many will have systems that need to run 24/7. It’s probably going to be a good idea to start (if you don’t already have one) a maintenance schedule or regular down time when systems can be restarted without impacting on work loads.

Updates will not force a restart of a system but they will schedule one.



So there we have it, the quick breakdown of windows 10. There are a significant amount of changes compared to previous Windows releases, there always are, but this time around it’s not just a fresh coat of paint. The entire house has been bulldozed and rebuilt.

Will there be problems with windows 10? No doubt, but judging by windows 8 and 8.1 they will be minor and mostly down to the way people acclimate to the changes.


All the information shown here can be found on Microsofts website: Microsoft Answers


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