Microsoft gets Windows 10 Insider Preview testers ready for final release

We’re a little over a month out from July 29, the day that marks the formal commercial arrival of Windows 10 for PCs. If you’ve already been participating in the Insider Preview program and running early builds, that may not sound like such a big deal, but there are some important changes you should be aware about as Microsoft makes the transition from testing to full-on availability. Today the company shares some of what to expect as we get in for the home stretch.

Before the final build gets here, we’ve got a few more weeks of previews left, and Microsoft’s making a little adjustment to how you access those: you’re going to have to connect the Microsoft account you used to join the Insider program to the PC you’re testing the OS on if you want to continue getting updates.

If you’re waiting until July 29 to upgrade to Windows 10, though, you don’t need to worry about that account linkage – this is only for Insider Preview testing. That said, if you later pick up a PC that’s Windows 10 out-of-the-box, that will require connection to a Microsoft account – it’s only users upgrading from Windows 7 or 8.1 and who wait until July 29 who will be able to skip that step.

When July 29 finally rolls around, Insider testers will receive the final Windows 10 build just like any other update – no starting from scratch or re-installation needed. Of course, you’re free to do a clean install if you so choose, but there’s no specific need to do so.

Source: Microsoft

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