Microsoft has spilled the beans on the upgrade path for users looking to get hold of Windows 10, with only users of Windows 7 and above capable of direct upgrades. Windows 10 is expected to roll out its consumer release later this year, and for many the upgrade will be as simple as popping the upgrade disc in and installing it.
Those still sporting Windows Vista and below however, will have a little more trouble. Both Windows XP and Windows Vista users will need to upgrade using standalone ISOs that Microsoft is going to make available, and all data and settings will be wiped in the process.
Microsoft’s engineering general manager, Gabriel Aul, revealed the news via Twitter, writing that the upgrade path would be the “same for Vista as XP. The only full upgrade paths currently supported are Windows 7 and newer.”
The upshot of this is that Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will be able to upgrade and keep all of their existing settings and apps, while Windows XP and Windows Vista users will have all their data erased and require a fresh installation.
The news fuels rumours that Windows 8 users could be granted a free upgrade, while Windows 7 users could incur a small cost, and finally Windows Vista and XP users will be charged the full amount. Will you be making the jump to Windows 10 as soon as possible? Or are you happy with what you're running currently?