Windows 10 Release Date Announced

Latest version of Microsoft's operating system coming in July

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Microsoft has confirmed Windows 10 will be available for PCs and tablets worldwide from July 29.

The confirmation was provided on the Windows Blog, where Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive vice president of its operating systems group, said the release was the start of Microsoft's efforts in delivering a "more personal computing, defined by trust in how we protect and respect your personal information, mobility of the experience across your devices, and natural interactions with your Windows devices."

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As revealed in March, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free for the first twelve months following Windows 10's launch.

Although Microsoft initially indicated those running pirated versions of Windows would also be able to upgrade to genuine Windows 10 for free, it has since said this is not the case.

"While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to non-genuine Windows devices, as we've always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a non-genuine state." Myerson said.

"Non-genuine Windows has a high risk of malware, fraud, public exposure of your personal information, and a higher risk for poor performance or feature malfunctions," he added. "Non-genuine Windows is not supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner."

Microsoft is, however, working with partners to make upgrading to a legitimate version more appealing.

"In partnership with some of our valued OEM partners, we are planning very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers for their customers running one of their older devices in a non-genuine state," he said. "Please stay tuned to learn more from our partners on the specifics of their offers."

Microsoft is working with Chinese Internet giant Tencent to bring League of Legends to Windows 10, while Candy Crush Saga will come pre-installed on the latest version of its operating system.

Windows 10 also features a new Xbox gaming app, which won't require Xbox Live Gold. Additionally, Windows 10 will allow Xbox One games to stream to PCs and tablets running the new OS. Cross-platform play will also be supported, starting with Fable Legends.

Microsoft has said its ambition is for Windows 10 to reach 1 billion devices by 2018. Windows 10 is expectedfor Xbox One later this year.

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i have notification "get windows 10" on my taskbar. what do?

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@apolloooo: << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I also have this notification, its not an antivirus I think. It's "Reserve you upgrade" from Microsoft. That's on my 2nd Pc - win7.

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@apolloooo: Run anti-Malware program.

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@apolloooo: ignore it

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i wont be upgrading becuz my graphics card wont support dx12 in games

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@fireballs: Do not fret too much, fireballs. While your older card may not support dx12 it will still be able to use many of the APIs that will be updated via firmware or drivers by each manufacturer or companies. OpenGL already has many of the api in use or in a future update. Your card- if still supported by its manufacturer- will benefit from DX12 even if it is not supported and get a boost in graphics anyways. And games will still be designed to work with your card, unless it doesn't meet minimum, and play just fine.

Oh and upgrading to the new OS will not matter regarding your card, it is not like if your card is old, you cannot upgrade to the new OS. But I would give it several months to allow the kinks to work out.

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@jenovaschilld@fireballs: i know windows 10 will work fine even i dont have dx 12 card i was bummed out when amd said that dx12 will support 7000 series and above there was no mention of my graphics card man i hope amd will support my graphics card becuz like i said prices r way too high in here

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@fireballs: DX12 is backwards compatible with DX11 cards, if your card can't even do DX11 then you should be upgrading in general lol, there are current gen games that will not even boot unless DX11 is in your system, get a GTX970 or a 4GB GTX 960 if your budget is tight, or any R9 200 series GPU from AMD or just straight up gor for an R9 300 series GPU.

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@Dark_sageX@fireballs: well i am playing witcher 3 so will it support my graphic card

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@fireballs@Dark_sageX: which card do you have exactly?

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@Dark_sageX@fireballs: ati 5450


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@fireballs@Dark_sageX: Yep DX12 should work with your GPU, though you might want to consider upgrading anyway haha, get a GTX750ti or a GTX960, they are cheap and the performance boost you will get will be substantial!

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@fireballs: I read somewhere DX12 is backwards compatible with older cards as well, not sure if true though.

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@drflyntcoal@fireballs: yes to a point, and even if it is not you can still use the new OS just fine. Also while you may not run DX12 many of the APIs will be used in updates to drivers and firmware, which will give a small boost in graphics - all of this depends on the developers of course.

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@drflyntcoal@fireballs: its backwards compatible with DX11 GPUs.

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@Dark_sageX@drflyntcoal@fireballs: Interesting, I wonder how they worked around new features within the same DX11 hardware.

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@drflyntcoal@Dark_sageX@drflyntcoal:

It's probably a "DX12-lite" offered in the software/driver layer, bringing whatever features can be achieved with the existing hardware over. Newer purpose-built DX12 cards will likely have more features and perform better, but the older cards will still be able to take advantage of the core features.


NVidia did this with PhysX back when they bought out Aegis; They brought it to some of their older cards through software/drivers and utilized the existing GPU to perform the PhysX processing. Newer cards came with hardware-level support for PhysX and performed better, but the older cards could still benefit from (the few) enhancements that PhysX offered.

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@drflyntcoal@fireballs: it's backward compatible with nivida 400 series and above, amd 7000 series and above methink

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@apolloooo@drflyntcoal@fireballs: so i am screwed i have ati 5450

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@drflyntcoal@fireballs: It's backwards compatible with Kepler, and later with Fermi

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@digitm64@drflyntcoal@fireballs: Phew, gives some more time to upgrade.

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@fireballs: 980ti just got released, that's a good reason to upgrade

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@digitm64@fireballs: prices are way too high in here so i cant buy new graphic card

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@fireballs@digitm64: wait till pascal release next year, the jump of performance, if the rumors are right, will be colossal

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@apolloooo@fireballs@digitm64: Pascal coming next year....should I feel bad that I just bought a 2nd GTX 980 for SLI?

(Here is why I hate video gaming technology.. )

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@GunEye@apolloooo@fireballs@digitm64: yeah probably.


if this is even true in the slightest, even titan x is gonna be dwarfed << LINK REMOVED >>



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@apolloooo@GunEye@apolloooo@fireballs: on the other hand, if you get pascal, you might as well upgrade your cpu to the best and latest to avoid bottleneck. If you get new CPU you must buy a brand new motherboard for a new socket and brand new CPU cooler. If you get a new motherboard - you need to buy a new RAM (DDR4 compatible). And after all that you might as well buy new SSD , PSU and case. So upgrading might mean buying and building a brand new PC. ITS A TRAP REALLY ! :/
So maybe an SLI Maxwell isn't that bad for the time being. Also jumping on new tech might not be the best idea (Pascal's first cards).

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video game compatibility issues here i come!

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@metalblinga: using technical preview since january and no, its all working fine :)

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@laetsa89@metalblinga: There are always a few incompatibilities in every OS release. 10 won't be special in that regard. It's not a weakness in the OS, some games just aren't designed well.

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@taft_tara: << LINK REMOVED >>

None of your discussion is related to a new OS, beyond learning a new OS, which really isn't a big change if you have used a couple before.

And stuff like browser speeds is different from a new OS.

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Is there even any Direct X 12 games ?

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@BabeNewelll: So far Witcher 3 (will get it later down the line) and Batman Arkham Knight (also later down the line), DX12 is a HUGE step for gaming (unlike mantel which was to exclusive for its own good), the only concerning factor here is the PS4, it won't get DX12 support so I'm worried that devs will drag the PC and X1 down with it to cut development and optimization costs.

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@Dark_sageX@BabeNewelll:

Mantle isn't really proprietary. It was developed by AMD, but is open for use by other hardware manufacturers. NVidia just wants nothing to do with it, just like AMD wanted nothing to do with PhysX when Nvidia offered the technology to AMD to use. It's just hardware manufacturer stubbornness all around that causes these technological discrepancies and never allows a standard to form.


DirectX 12 will definitely catch on a lot better though as it's offered by Microsoft who (in this case) is a neutral third party. That's the horse I'm backing, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what DX12 can do.

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@BabeNewelll: << LINK REMOVED >>

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@enivoke@BabeNewelll: this is so misleading

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@enivoke: Dying Light and GTA 5, that's nice. And I haven't played BL: The Pre-sequel yet, so that might give me a reason to get it on sale.

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@Tiwill44@enivoke: They aren't DX12 titles and never will be. Unless the devs put a patch out for DX12.

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@digitm64: Oh, I see. Well, I hope they do that, then.

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@BabeNewelll: I imagine that's what their E3 will focus on. DX12 games and hopefully something about Xbox One x Windows 10 cross compatibility.

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I want to know how to receive this for free if I choose a fresh install. Not fussed on upgrades and it's always better for a fresh install.

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@digitm64:

I'm wondering the same thing. I'm hoping that I can take my existing Win7 and Win8.1 systems, do a "dirty" upgrade to Win10, pull the product keys from the Win10 Installs, and then perform a clean install from a burned Win10 disc using those same keys toactivate the 'clean' copies. It'll depend on how those keys are stored and how the installed copy of Win10 will handle them.


Alternatively, there's supposed to be a "clean" re-install feature built into Windows 10 where it will re-install Windows to a "fresh-from-disc" state (presumably with a stored WIM image and without the need for a manufacturer recovery partition.) I trust the integrity of this a little less, but if it uses a WIM image that is the same as the one found on a Win10 install disc to re-image the whole drive, it could work.

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Im sure it will be an option

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@digitm64: I want to know this too. I have Win 8.1, and not sure if I should "upgrade"?

Or can I format my pc, install window 8 from dvd (dvd for win 8 not 8.1), and then upgrade directly with a fresh clean install - to window 10.

Also what's better? Upgrade directly from win8.1 with all software and games installed, or clean install?

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@GunEye@digitm64: If you have the patience to reinstall your software and games, a clean install has and always will be better. In the old days clean install was always better, unless MS have done something different with Windows 10 to change that theory.

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@digitm64@GunEye: Now the big question remains, is the upgrade eligible for clean installed (after format) wins, or only for upgrades?

I have patience for clean installs. I assume that since my Win disc is a win8, I can skip the win8.1 update process, and directly upgrade to win10?

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