Be ready to wait past July 29 for your Windows 10 upgrade
With July here, the release of Windows 10 for PCs is within sight: last month, Microsoft formally confirmed July 29 as the day when it will go forward with public availability of its new operating system. And in the weeks since, many of you Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users have likely reserved your copies. But when July 29 finally rolls around, will your update be ready to go? From the sound of things, you shouldn’t hold your breath.
In a new blog post, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson discusses how availability of the Windows 10 update will commence. To hear him tell it, once July 29 arrives, the first users to receive their updates will be Windows Insider program members. It’s not clear if that means Insider users who are continuing with the program or those leaving it for the commercial release of Windows 10 (or both), but Insiders in general will be first on the distribution list.
Following that, Microsoft will start making the update available to upgrading users who made reservations, though not everyone will get access straight away. Instead, Myerson is clear that Microsoft will release the update little by little: “we will start notifying reserved systems in waves, slowly scaling up after July 29th. Each day of the roll-out, we will listen, learn and update the experience for all Windows 10 users.”
There’s no estimate on just how long this roll-out process might take, and if we’re talking about waiting a day or two, or maybe even a week or more.