With Microsoft's Windows 10 consumer event around the corner, we've received more updates about the company's next operating system. Microsoft announced Windows 10 four months back, with several changes on board. To take a look at what's changed so far in Windows 10, here are more screenshots than you're ever going to need about the operating system.
With Windows 10 expected to come this year, there has been speculation about how existing users will be able to update to the new platform. Well, courtesy of Gabriel Aul, head of Microsoft's Windows 10 insider program, we finally know how Microsoft plans to roll out its next Windows update.
Full Upgrade Paths For Windows 10 To Be Provided Only To Users Of Windows 7 And Above.
Gabriel Aul, who is the head of Microsoft's Windows Insider program, has confirmed that when it comes to upgrading to Windows 10, users below Windows 7 are out of luck. Windows XP and Windows Vista users will have to upgrade to the operating system using the standalone ISOs provided by Microsoft. Mr. Aul confirmed this on twitter.
@Dave_256 Same for Vista as XP. The only full upgrade paths currently supported are Win7 and newer.
— Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) December 30, 2014
What this means is that Windows XP and Windows 7 users will have to upgrade to Windows 10 through a fresh installation, resulting in all settings and existing data being erased. While news about Windows XP requiring a fresh installation surfaced a while back, looks like Windows Vista users are in for a similar predicament. Users of Windows 7 and above will be able to keep all their existing settings and apps courtesy of Microsoft.
In fact, if several reports of sources close to the matter are to be believed then the Windows 10 upgrade could very well be free for users of Windows 8.1 Windows 7 users will have to pay a small amount, while Windows Vista and XP users will be required to pay the full cost. Rolling out Windows 10 free of cost for Windows 8.1 users could very help Microsoft boost the popularity of its operating system. Stay tuned, we'll keep you updated.