Windows 10 upgrade options and what systems gets what

Consumers and small businesses [i.e. those not with enterprise licensing] who have computers running Windows 7 with service pack 1 or Windows 8.1 will be offered a free online upgrade to Windows 10 when released. The upgrading will be staggered to reduce bandwidth issues. So if [for example], Windows 10 was released to the public on September first, it may take a week or longer before you are offered to upgrade through Windows Update.

However, if you don’t want to wait, you can download the ISO image and upgrade. This may actually be a safer option as it could be faster to download plus less changes of something crapping out.

In addition, the few Windows 7 without a service pack and Windows 8 [not windows 8.1] may also upgrade with the ISO image.
When upgrading, Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 8.1 [not Professional] systems will receive an upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, and Windows 8.1 Professional systems will be upgraded to Windows 10 Professional.

As stated before, enterprise licenses can be upgraded through software assurance [for example]. they can’t be downgraded to a consumer edition.

There is still plenty of licensing issues that need to be decided such as the educational edition.

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