Windows 10 Out Now

"Microsoft gets it right."

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The day has arrived. Windows 10, Microsoft's latest operating system and the follow-up to the controversial Windows 8 (there was no Windows 9), launched on Wednesday--and you can probably get it for free.

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GameSpot sister site CNET has a full review of Windows 10. Editor Nate Ralph wrote, "Microsoft gets it right."

"Windows 10 delivers a refined, vastly improved vision for the future of computing with an operating system that's equally at home on tablets and traditional PCs," he said.

As part of a special offer, Windows 7 and 8 users can upgrade to Windows 10 for free for the first year after launch. In other Windows 10 gaming news, Microsoft recently published a set of instructions for how PC owners can start playing the "whole new" version of Minecraft for Windows 10 starting today.

Check out this page for detailed instructions on how to upgrade to Windows 10.

Windows 10 features an all-new Xbox gaming app, Cortana integration, and a new browser called Edge. These are just some of the changes; be sure to read CNET's full review for everything you need to know.

Windows 8, released in October 2012, was controversial in part because of its touch-focused tile design that was dramatically different to Windows 7. Microsoft addressed these criticisms with frequent--and substantial updates--including Windows 8.1. The company isn't starting over with Windows 10, but Microsoft appears to be taking a more measured approach with its latest OS.

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all 161 games carried over their settings\saves through upgrade from 8.1 to Windows 10 tech preview and still work great into RTM version.

mouse profiles, afterburner profiles, samsung evo settings, themes, pretty much everything migrated to 10 with no problem.

8.1 metro screen lost most of my custom tiles moving to 10's start screen but default shortcuts i had pinned did migrate.

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There's one video following this article and it has to concentrate on Xbox on Windows 10. How come you feel you HAVE to weigh every article from the console viewpoint? I haven't logged into Gamespot in maybe a year. I don't check your articles more than maybe once every 1-2 months anymore. I used to check in daily a few years ago. Why? Because I'm solely a PC-gamer.

I don't care about anything even remotely related to console-gaming. I don't care about console exclusives at all. For me console exclusives are non-existant. They don't exist for me until they get released for the PC. I don't whine about it at all. I'm just not interested. I'm really not interested in console news at all. Luckily there are better options in that regard than Gamespot. Have a nice day.

Best regards from a Gamespot lurker.

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So Windows 8 was just a Beta like Vista was for 7 -_- thanks MS for wasting our time xD 7 felt like the awesome version of Vista and I hope 10 will feel like the awesome version of 8 and damn did I hate 8 compared to 7...

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Edited By Printul_Noptii

When you play the disc backwards it installs Half-Life 3 ! Well... not really since Gabe hates MS xD

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Looks good. Hope My games will Work with Windows 10.

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Yeah. So far seems good. Definitely an improvement. Somethings I wish it allowed to do already but I guess it will come in time. I'm way used to Google Now so a couple of things I wish Cortana could do already us make Skype phone calls and a bit better "Play Music" support on Groove Music. I hope Cortana can integrate with other apps much like Google Now. So I could say "Listen to ... on Spotify" like its possible on Google Now.

Also my Google Now shows loads of news of stuff I've been looking at. Videos games, movies and so on. Regarding video games Cortana still doesn't give me much info. But I guess that will come as well.

Now one thing I was very impressed with is Xbox One streaming. Really great. Now I can watch TV anywhere in the house. One thing I miss. Surround sound. Would be great if they could stream surround sound as well.

But yeah. Very happy. Really useful stuff here.

I recommend everyone to upgrade.

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Great operating system!

No issues so far with compatibility.

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Windows 9 was the 8.1, 8+1 = 9

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Windows 95 - Poop

Windows 98 - Great

Windows ME - Poop

Windows XP - Great

Windows Vista - Poop

Windows 7 - Great

Windows 8 - Poop

Windows 10 - .... Welp, following this pattern... I think we should all be excited..

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@guitarman86: your list is kinda right. But i never had any problems with windows ME at all, it was idential to windows 98 so im not sure what problems you had with it, but for me it was more stable then 98 and visually identical

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@Yams1980: mhm WinME was okayish but since Win98 got SE and was supported for a longer time and with the the huge step towards WinXp, WinME went into obscurity. A lot of hardcore Win98SE users just dislike WinME xD

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@guitarman86: u missed out windows NT4 (and below) and also windows 2000, which is what XP was based on.

But the pattern generally works.

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@guitarman86: That means Windows NT was great LOL

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@Pelezinho777: WinNT was great.

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Part of me hopes this is like the villainous plot of Kingsman.

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I was running Windows 7 and went ahead with the update. The install was flawless and none of my files were lost. The interface is seamless and spectacular, in my opinion. I absolute love it. Couldn't be happier. I imagine there are little things I discovered that some won't even know exist, such as the ability to switch your small tiles in the start menu to full screen, if you prefer the feel of Windows 8. I could go on, but so far suffice to say I'm a very satisfied customer.

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@Reagan2791: Same here, flawless upgrade. Really loving the new UI

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I'll stick to my 8.1 untill I've heard the good news.

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@ferna1234: I think you just did.

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Been using Windows 10 for roughly 2 months now. It's been a much needed improvement over windows 8 even during the beta stages. Little crinkles here and there to work out and some users will still find things to complain about but for the most part its a much needed change back to the old formula while keeping the good aspects of 8.

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Backed up my pc yesterday so I'm all ready for the upgrade. Just waiting to be notified when it's ready. I was hesitant at first but this sounds like it's going to be good. As long as it's not Genysis.

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they say its out now but still no update.

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Besides waiting till the time is right for upgrading, all i care about is what PC games are fully supporting DX12 and how soon will they be available. Deus Ex and Gears of War I know so far but no release dates.

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Im jus goin to do a fresh install for my laptop my gaming PC will have to wait seen as how ive heard about nvidia driver problems.

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I'm not going to cnet to read anything. Cnet is probably the biggest source of crapware/malware/spyware on the internet.

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@bfa1509: Like

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Not true what people are saying about the DX12 it will effectively increase the performance of your games. Seeing how microsoft plans to release the DX12 update to the xbone to make those non 1080p 60fps games do just that. People are right that its a ways off before its used by developers but i wouldnt be surprised if by early next year most games are made with it.

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@coolmastaj: While I'm sure DX12 will make a noticeable difference once it is fully utilized, I doubt it will get many 900/30 games up to 1080/60 on the XBO. Maybe 900 to 1080... but certainly not both res and fps.

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And now the waiting game for something that actually uses dx12 begins :D

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It's a trap

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Edited By SaturatedButter

By the way, pirates are finding that upgrading from a cracked version of Windows 7 works just fine. Once you upgrade Windows 10 recognizes as genuine. So all that "pirates won't actually be able to upgrade for free!" stuff was total BS.

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@saturatedbutter: free loader

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@masscrack: @saturatedbutter: Libertarian!

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@saturatedbutter: Windows actually acknowledged a couple months ago that pirated copies would be able to be upgraded for free. They wanted more people to try the platform so it has a better chance to not fail miserably like Windows 8.

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@Kiyosuyo: Not really, that acknowledgement did not last 24 hours until it was rescinded.

MS: "Although non-Genuine PCs might be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license. This applies across geographies. Customers that are improperly licensed before the upgrade will be improperly licensed after the upgrade."

The only reason they are allowing pirates to upgrade is because they can't tell apart a genuine activated windows vs a pirate activated one.

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@saturatedbutter: it'll probably trigger all the "windows not genuine" crap after a month or so.

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@GraveUypo: I strongly doubt it but we'll see. Even so, there's already a crack to make Windows 10 genuine.

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Can Gamespot do me a favor and release an article when it's safe to upgrade without fear of any hardware I have not working and all software being supported? Or is that silly?

Seriously, though, I don't know when will be the right time to upgrade. I'm worried about doing it and then it being the worst decision.

Another concern is when your computer ultimately has to be reformatted or change a hard drive do you get to install Windows 10 again or do you have to pay for it next time (assuming after the one year period)? And would you have to install your old OS first and then upgrade? That seems inefficient.

I have so many issues/questions with this upgrade and about the OS. I guess I'll be doing a lot of reading up.

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@cornbredx: I lost my touchpad and sound drivers.

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@cornbredx: Upgrade when Windows 10 Redstone launches. That means October 2016.

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@cornbredx: 10 is largely based on 8 (8.1), so most drivers will not be affected much from that version.

After you've upgraded, you can download and install on your usb stick the win10 distribution, so you'll be able to reinstall from the stick at any point.

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@cornbredx: 10 is largely based on 8 (8.1), so most drivers will not be affected much from that version.

After you've upgraded, you can download and install on your usb stick the win10 distribution, so you'll be able to reinstall from the stick at any point.

This is useful to know. Thank you.

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@cornbredx: Just WAIT. It was just released. Who knows....read reviews in the coming weeks. No hurry. A new OS won't change your life.

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@wtf_666: I'm not in a rush. I ask these questions here and now because here and now is when people are paying attention to this.

For me the biggest thing is compatibility. A lot of (I guess old school?) gamers and collectors of video games stuck with Win XP for a long time mainly because of compatibility. There are many games that no longer work on modern PCs (without fan hacks as some do have) because of compatibility issues.

While a lot of these games do still work there is a fair assortment of games that don't.

I heard a rumor (probably a while ago now) that Win 10 would have better compatibility for older games so one of the big things I want to know about is if that has turned out to be true or not.

As for the upgrade I probably will not be upgrading to Win 10 for a while anyway. Now is just a good time to ask.

"Who knows...."

People who have used Windows 10 for almost a year now know haha. They're in a program called the "Windows Insider Program."

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@cornbredx: When you upgrade (NOT CLEAN INSTALL), you have thirty days to go back to your previous version of windows. I still have 8.1 on the tablet I upgraded to 10. If I want, I could go back to it, but I like it so I won't. I recommend backing up everything beforehand though, just in case.

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@guydude3412: Ya, if I decide to check it out I'm going to create a system image first.

Can anyone confirm if the compatibility works for older software? And besides SLI (which I only passively hear doesn't work correctly but isn't an issue for me anyway) is there any hardware issues I should be worried about?

Navigating the information Microsoft is giving about this is going to take some time, but any info people want to share if they're part of the insider program would be helpful.

I'm also going to check Tested as they'll probably have some good info on this as well.

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