QUESTION: I heard that after a year Microsoft is going to start charging for subscriptions. True?
Not true. The Windows 10 upgrade was free for a year – going forward there will be no subscriptions or surprise charges. It will remain free for the LIFETIME of your hardware.
QUESTION: Is Windows 10 free for my lifetime?
No, once acquired, Windows 10 will remain free for the LIFETIME of your hardware. Once your PC dies you will have to purchase Windows 10 or get it on a new PC.
All Windows 10 devices will continue to receive updates “for the supported lifetime of the device.” What does that mean? At some point in the future, your hardware will no longer meet the specifications for a new release, and that will be the end of the line.
But as long as your device can accept updates, it will get them.
QUESTION: What if I run Windows 10 Enterprise?
All that is handled differently under the separate volume licensing agreement your company has with Microsoft. These instructions to do not apply to you.
QUESTION: Where is the Windows 10 Enterprise edition located?
Windows Enterprise edition upgrades are available through the Volume Licensing Service Center. The Enterprise edition is also available in a time-limited evaluation edition and to anyone with a current MSDN subscription. The MSDN Subscriptions download page is also where you’ll find checked and debug versions for use by developers.
QUESTION: How many devices have made the move to Windows 10?
As of this writing (August of 2016), approximately 350 million.
QUESTION: Has Windows 10 been tested extensively?
Over 100 million users have tested this OS and given Microsoft feedback. This is the most tested Operating System in the world. In addition, Windows 10 is continuously upgraded and fixed going forward.
QUESTION: How do I get Windows 10?
Windows 10 will continue to be available for purchase, either on a device or as a full version of the software. You can buy Windows 10 on Amazon here.
QUESTION: Do I still qualify for the free upgrade offer if I’ve already downloaded Windows 10 to a USB drive, but haven’t yet upgraded my device?
All upgrades must have completed and reached the “Welcome” screen by 11:59 PM UTC-10 (Hawaii) on July 29.
QUESTION: I’ve been told that Windows 10 spies on me. Is that true?
Like all modern operating systems, Windows 10 uses the internet to provide services, and it collects reports of crashes and installation failures to diagnose problems.
It also uses an anonymized ID to track which applications you install and how often you use them. Collectively, this information is called telemetry.
The company doesn’t collect your personal information except for the purposes disclosed in its privacy statement, it doesn’t scan the files on your hard disk except to index them so you can search locally, and it doesn’t have a keylogger.
As part of the “Windows as a Service” model, Microsoft has designed Windows 10 to share information for product improvement.
In addition, Windows 10 integrates online services, such as Cortana and OneDrive, to store and sync personal settings and to build personalized dictionaries using speech and keyboard input.
All of these options can be adjusted using privacy settings in Windows 10.