Windows 10 Launch Will Be Staggered

Windows 10 Launch Will Be Staggered
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Looking forward to Windows 10 when it “launches” on July 29th? You might be waiting a bit longer than that.

Microsoft’s ambition for Windows 10 is quite expansive, and that’s been no secret for some time. Ambition is tricky, however, when you’ve got systems that count into the billions to upgrade.

Writing at the Windows Blog, Microsoft’s Terry Myerson lays out Microsoft’s expectations for the delivery of Windows 10. If you’d already put time aside on the 29th to manage your upgrade or upgrades, you may want to rethink your plans.

“We’ve been really pleased with the strong response to Windows 10 since we kicked off reservations in early June, with millions of reservations. We want to make sure all of you have a great upgrade experience, so we’ll roll-out Windows 10 in phases to help manage the demand. “

“Starting on July 29, we will start rolling out Windows 10 to our Windows Insiders. From there, 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.”

The delay applies slightly differently for different versions of Windows

“Windows 10 Pro will be available on July 29, along with Windows 10 Home. Volume licensing customers will be able to download Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education on Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) starting on August 1.”

Windows 10: Preparing to Upgrade One Billion Devices [Windows Blog]


  • Hope there are ways to spoof the download earlier. I hate staggered releases. I used to be in later releases of the xbox insider builds but somehow managed to creep my way up into round 1.

    • Personally I see no reason to rush, I’d prefer to wait for the first major service pack and let the worst of the bugs get ironed out before upgrading.

      • Windows 8 is lingering with barely any resources at Microsoft improving it due to the large upcoming win10 launch. As someone who uses windows across all my devices, even just the promise of genuine universal apps is enough, let alone the massive improvements in xbox integration, mail, calendar, office, etc. Also as someone with a Kinect v2 above my monitor I’m keen to be smashing Cortana for my tasks.

  • Anyone know how this will work as a download? will it be a through the Store as in W8.1 upgrade? I’d rather be able to save it on a disk for later, so I can use it again if I want to do a re-install. Also, isn’t it supposed to time out after awhile, so you can only use the version that MS upgraded from 8.1?

  • Google stagger upgrades to their apps / services. But it’s easy enough to find the latest apk versions distributed via a third-party and do a manual update.

    I’d imagine something similar will probably occur with Win10 too.

    • The iso images, yes. They’ll be shared around from day one onwards, and readily available at your preferred torrent site (assuming you don’t want to join windows insider and grab the images straight from microsoft)

      I’ve done a few installs from the win10 preview iso’s and it worked pretty much flawlessly.

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