Windows 10 launches tonight, so make sure that you know how to find the Windows 10 download and how to upgrade and install your new Microsoft Operating System. Windows 10 comes out at 12:00 AM EST on July 29th, or 9:00 PM PST on July 28th. Many users may already have Windows 10 pre-loaded on their computer, they’ll just need to install it once they’re prompted (see below).
How To Download Windows 10
• In order to get the free upgrade, you’ll need to reserve your copy in the Get Windows 10 app (available in the Windows App Store).
• Once you’ve got that downloaded and reserved, this icon should appear in the bottom right hand of your screen.
• If you don’t see it, head to Microsoft’s Windows 10 Q&A page here.
• Since Microsoft is trying to stagger the release of the OS so as not to bog down their servers, you may not have the option to install Windows 10 immediately. If you’ve already reserved Windows 10, there’s a good chance that the file could have already been pre-loaded onto your computer.
• You can see if Windows 10 is on your computer already by checking C:$windows.~BT. It’s a hidden folder.
• We’ve heard that you should not run the “setup.exe” file as it will delete some files. Wait until you’re prompted by Windows to update your OS.
Windows 10 Download Size
• Windows 8.1 users are reporting the Windows 10 file size is 6.07GB.
• Surface Pro 3 users are reporting the Windows 10 file size is 5.9 GB total, 4.62 GB on disk.
Windows 10 Minimum Specs
• Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC
• RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
• Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS
• Graphics card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
• Display: 1024×600
• Must have Windows 8.1 or Windows SP1
Windows 10 Final Build Number
The final build number of Windows 10 is 10240, a reference to the old measurement of kilobytes. Back in the day, 1024 kilobytes equalled a megabyte, so 10 megabytes (for Windows 10) would be 10240 kilobytes.