Up For Debate - What Are Your Windows 10 Upgrade Plans On July 29th

Written by Jon Sutton on Tue, Jul 21, 2015 7:00 PM
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Windows 10 is arriving in just eight days, and that can mean only one thing; upgrade time. Microsoft has taken the unprecedented step of offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade this time around. As the old saying goes, never look a gift horse in the mouth. Only this particular gift horse is one of the largest multinational companies on the face of this planet, and it’s got one thing on its brain - money.

Before we delve into the murky depths of the upgrade plans, here’s a quick outline of what’s being offered. From Wednesday, January 29th, users who’ve reserved their copy of Windows 10 via the app in their system tray will be invited to upgrade. The update will be rolling out in waves. All legitimate users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 will receive it, and they will be able to upgrade to a like-for-like OS. So if you had Windows 7 Home, you’ll be entitled to Windows 10 Home, etc. The free upgrade will be available to take advantage of until July 28th, 2016. As long as you get it before then, it’s yours to keep.

Many of us get taken in by the latest shiny, new thing, and Windows 10 is just that. For that reason, many of us will be upgrading. It’s the new hotness and all signs point to it fixing all of the wrongs of Windows 8. For gamers Windows 10 will also be offering DirectX 12 support. It’ll be extremely limited at first, but the first few games supporting the API should begin trickling out this year.

However, for all the excitement of Windows 10, there’s millions of users out there who have no intention of running Microsoft’s latest operating system. For those with patience and a healthy dose of common sense, they’ll be waiting. The upgrade offer is available for a year, why upgrade right away? After all, one of Windows 10’s headline features is fixing everything broken by Windows 8, at which point Windows 7 users might question the worth in upgrading at all.

Likewise, early adoption is always about teething pains. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new console, a game, or an operating system; there is bound to trouble in some capacity. If you wait it out, everyone else can find all the bugs and glitches, saving you many a headache. You can watch the ‘beta’ testers from afar.

I know what I’m doing come July 29th, but what are you?

Will you be upgrading to Windows 10?

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13:04 Jul-28-2015

i just upgraded trough usb:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO0UFxgpyQQ
(version 10240 RTM) couldnt wait any longer...
Works great so far

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07:42 Jul-28-2015

So with the new issues with Nvidia cards, I'm gonna be waiting for awhile.

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07:29 Jul-28-2015

A local retailer, incredible corruption is offering a free upgrade to windows 10 if you buy their products, implying that windows 10 will not be free. The amount of stupid people going there now is too damn high!

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18:28 Jul-27-2015

Windows 7 forever.
Upgrading to newer OS is rather slow and tedious process as every software needs to be checked for compatibility, games included. Anyway, Win10 has nothing to offer as an advantage over Win7 for me. So, no dice.
Maybe in 2020 I'll reconsider, but the end of Win7 support means no real danger for anyone that's not connected to the internet ;-)
Hopefully, by then, ReactOS will be ready for normal usage.

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13:42 Jul-27-2015

Will my graphics card support DirectX 12?

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13:59 Jul-27-2015

Your card is compatible but to get full DX12 you need either a 900 series card from Nvidia or 300 series card from AMD.

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14:01 Jul-27-2015

Thanks!

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17:32 Jul-27-2015

What are the advatages of full DX12?
I think that's DX12.1

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18:04 Jul-27-2015

Better fps, less power consumption and stuff like that I think.

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21:54 Jul-27-2015

without proper implementation, none.
DirectX12 shall offer more control over hardware resources, so if someone makes a game with DirectX12 optimized, then we may see some performance advantage, else not.

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04:47 Jul-27-2015

I'll be upgrading ASAP. If anything it can only be better than 8.1

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16:30 Jul-25-2015

Even though i'm excited for windows 10, i'm still not sure if i want to upgrade. It have people with the driver for the same GPU i have that is having problems getting the latest driver. When i looked under my system manufacturer's site in the support part, there was no driver update as yet for windows 10.

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10:22 Jul-25-2015

not sure if 50% people are crazy or just like to live dangerously xD

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19:50 Jul-26-2015

If you have a seperate HDD/SSD as a boot drive, why not risk it? all you will lose is programs.


Steam games are easy enough to restore if you have em on a seperate drive, all you need to do is change directory, I think it's also the same for Origin.

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21:22 Jul-26-2015

Actually immediately when you activate Windows 10, you forfeit your license to previous Windows. Your Windows 7 / 8 will fail genuine activation after you activate 10. I am pro-10, but people need to know you can't have both new and old.

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17:13 Jul-27-2015

I think there's a 30-day rollback period when you can roll back to your previous OS, but then you forfeit the free Windows 10 upgrade and have to pay for it after that, if you want to install 10 again later.

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17:28 Jul-28-2015

Both Steam and Origin support it, and (believe it or not) uPlay even started supporting just changing directories, though it is still rather finicky. Just used all three services today actually when I reset back to 7 from 8.1 because I wan't my Windows 7 key to get upgraded to 10, not 8.1

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10:05 Jul-25-2015

Will my card support DX12 in Win10, sry everyone is asking but i want to know too :P

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19:41 Jul-25-2015

yes it will support DX12 but won't be fully since the features would be limited

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23:25 Jul-24-2015

I have one question, Will my card support DX12 in Win10 ? though my card is Kepler architecture and DX11 atm :x

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23:33 Jul-24-2015

yes it supports W10's DX12 partly

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04:58 Jul-25-2015

partly ? uhm thanks but what does partly mean ? xd

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05:44 Jul-25-2015

Your GPU will not have full DX12 unless you upgrade to a 900 series or 300 series

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05:45 Jul-25-2015

not having full DX12 means i will be stuck at 11.5 ? ._.

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05:59 Jul-25-2015

No it would mean that you can use DX12 but it would be limited in terms of features but it would still be a big performance jum to lower end cards

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17:05 Jul-26-2015

thanks m8 I'm so excited to see performance boost in my rig :D 3 days to go

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23:33 Jul-26-2015

Yeeepy Kayeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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17:21 Jul-27-2015

From what I've gathered, the most significant features of DX12 will be in the base feature set that everyone with R9 (or cards supporting GCN 1.0 or 1.1) series cards from AMD, or Fermi and later GPUs from nVidia, will get. Then there's DX12 feature set 12.1, which only the new Maxwell GPUs from nVidia, and the 300 series from AMD, can handle, but I'm not sure what those features do, exactly. I'm sure they're helpful, though.

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17:25 Jul-27-2015

But the big changes from DX 11 to 12 should be available to most people with those particular cards, some of which have been out for a few years. Oh and there's also iGPU support for Intel CPUs, but only Haswell and up. That's not really important for most of us with dedicated GPUs, except when it comes to DX12's ability to combine iGPU and dedicated GPU power, sort of like SLI/Crossfire. I won't be able to take advantage of that feature, since I have an Ivy Bridge CPU.

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20:17 Jul-27-2015

Oh yeah, and I got feature levels confused with DirectX versions again. So...there's really only DirectX 12 at this point, and then within that version of DirectX (12), there are some feature levels: 12_0 and 12_1. So these GPUs that support DirectX 12 really do fully support the base DirectX 12 features. It's just that only the very newest GPUs (and future GPU releases) will support the extra features in feature level 12_1. So there you have it. If you have a supported card,

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20:20 Jul-27-2015

, then you should be able to play DirectX 12 games, even if your card doesn't support feature level 12_1 (you just wont' be able to use the features that come with that feature level). But it's not like the game won't run at all if DirectX 12 is enabled in its settings. ...At least that's what I've gathered from looking into this.

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02:29 Jul-23-2015

Will you be able to scan for channels and radio stations using a TV tuner with the Music and TV app like in Windows Media Center for Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center?

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19:55 Jul-22-2015

What i want to know is how can I upgrade to Win10 after the release if the Win10 icon doesnt appear to the taskbar? Still to this date I havent been able to make it appear and i've tried several fixes.

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21:05 Jul-22-2015

icon doesn't appear if:
1) not all required updates are installed yet
2) some of your hardware is not supported by Windows 10
3) you don't meet minimum requirements (I doubt it ever happens)
4) your windows was recognized as not genuine

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00:08 Jul-24-2015

  1. The required updates are installed.

  2. Cant figure out why my hardware wouldnt be supported, but I suppose its possible or a bug.

  3. Yup, definetly not number 3.

  4. My Windows is genuine and its clearly recognized as genuine.

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10:07 Jul-23-2015

Or:
5) you turned automatic updates off

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10:21 Jul-23-2015

that's basically 1) xD

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07:51 Jul-24-2015

Well even if they are on you still can choose what updates to install :P

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23:22 Jul-24-2015

I've heard that even non-genuine users(cracked OEM) users are having that icon are are eligible for upgrading to win10 LOL

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23:33 Jul-24-2015

It's the same story with my rig but I would count on waiting for wednesday when it officialy releases

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15:37 Jul-22-2015

Majority of people are using windows 7. Including Me.

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14:36 Jul-22-2015

I'll be using Edge......
To Download Chrome.

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14:44 Jul-22-2015

or Vivaldi ;))

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17:09 Jul-22-2015

actually... OPERA
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17:12 Jul-22-2015

Firefox dude...

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18:32 Jul-22-2015

Firefox Nightly ;)

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17:52 Jul-22-2015

Netscape

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18:21 Jul-22-2015

Edge is actually really fast. Change the default search to Google and you are fine. Now it doesn't have extensions yet, but it is supposed to gain support for ithe

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10:35 Jul-23-2015

How much RAM and CPU does it consume?
Is it bloated just like IE and apple products?

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10:42 Jul-23-2015

Edge is pretty smooth until you start opening more tabs, it can easily eat GIGABYTES of RAM and load cpu to the max :P

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11:56 Jul-26-2015

Loads of Backers! Hell yeah!

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12:22 Jul-22-2015

24 people sticking to W7 huh? resistance is futile!

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12:48 Jul-22-2015

24? I see 24+26+76 people not going for Win10 xD

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12:49 Jul-22-2015

24 are sticking with W7. The rest are either waiting or "maybe" then 4 are staying with W8 and they do not count LOL

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15:01 Jul-22-2015

Not much in it. Half are getting day one, half aren't

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11:24 Jul-22-2015

Needs to be an option for "Already there, thanks" for those of us that did the Tech Preview builds as primary OS.

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10:18 Jul-22-2015

Windows 8 sucks balls. So I'm switching day 1. Even a broken Windows 10 will be better than 8.

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10:21 Jul-22-2015

wouldn't be so sure about that xD

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09:49 Jul-22-2015

I'll definitely wait at least 1 months...first I need to verify the compatibility with drivers, applications I mostly use and of course...GAMES!!! :)

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13:17 Jul-22-2015

I've been running the preview for a while now, and I can tell you pretty much everything that works with 8 works with 10.

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08:24 Jul-22-2015

I'm surprised by the number of people who said "Day one"... I guess Microsoft's track record isn't bad enough to scare them.

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08:48 Jul-22-2015

shiny hype is strong xD

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09:01 Jul-22-2015

W10 is the best MS OS I have used so far. The latest build is extremely stable. Only issue im having is a strange flicker when switching back and forth between windows. I notice it more on my 2ms screen over my 5ms one. Nvidia driver issue

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09:02 Jul-22-2015

so far I haven't noticed anything better compared to Windows 7 :|

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09:50 Jul-22-2015

wow this is a great news LOL

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09:53 Jul-22-2015

I think I'll write whole direct comparison blog, same as I did earlier :P

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09:55 Jul-22-2015

Windows 8 in day 1 is not good.
Windows Vista from day 1 to infinity is still not good.
Windows XP was good from day 1

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10:00 Jul-22-2015

come on, WinXP unleashed its full potentional only with ServicePack3 ;))

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10:09 Jul-22-2015

And with russian directX10 hack :-D

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10:58 Jul-22-2015

So your telling me a windows xp 32 and 64 bit with dx 9 is better than 64 bit w10 with dx 12? Jovince92

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11:19 Jul-22-2015

Did I say that?

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12:35 Jul-22-2015

If you benchmark winXP, vista, win7, win8, win8.1, win10 you will get almost same numbers

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12:41 Jul-22-2015

You said xp was good from day one so basically its better than 10.

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12:50 Jul-22-2015

actually in some games Windows XP will be better,
if I remember well Age of Empires III cannot run in fullscreen mode in Windows 7 already, and Empire Earth II cannot run on Windows 8/8.1 at all unless you write own hack which kills certain Windows processes in order to load up the game :P
and I have tried plenty various hardware which sadly has no drivers available for Windows 10 so yea, Windows 10 is theoretically much worse than Windows XP, I'd say Windows 10 is like Windows Vista - half incomplete yet ready to start making money lol

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13:01 Jul-22-2015

omg no. people hated win xp at first. i was still heaving into IT at that point. it was SP2 i think before it became good, then gained popularity. no XP was not a cute little baby day one. it was puking and crapping all over it parents and people were all like " omg win 2000 is the best, im not upgrading. is so stable!" 98, like vista, put people off.

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07:26 Jul-22-2015

I personally am going to wait a bit, for some bugs and updates to come out and fix small problems (as they do happen) and a bit more support in terms of games and drivers to roll out. I think i will get a retail version when i decide to get an ssd. However, from a windows 7 Ultimate user, being downgraded to pro is a bit disappointing. On the other hand, i really dont like updating operating systems, i prefer fresh clean installs. This is why the upgrade does not appeal to me right now. Im still excited to hear what people have to say about it.

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11:04 Jul-22-2015

There is an option for clean install after the update :D

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I don't know how clean it is. What i mean by clean install is to format my partition and everything on it then install from a disk as if the hdd has never been used.

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17:16 Jul-22-2015

Once you upgrade they give you the chance to make a bootable usb or DVD to make a (totally) clean install.

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well thats pretty sweet :D

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