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Spurred by the free conversion from earlier editions and prodded by constant and progressive nagging, PC users have made Windows 10 the most rapidly adopted version of Windows in history, doubling in installations since last November.
If you were among the millions who were “inadvertently” upgraded to Windows 10 even after repeatedly refusing the offer…
you can uninstall Windows 10 and revert to your installation of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 – as long this occurred within the last 30 days. To start that process, open the Start menu and select “Settings”. Click the “Update & security” icon and then select “Recovery.” You should see a “Go back to Windows 7” or “Go back to Windows 8.1” option. Click the “Get started” button to restore your previous Windows installation. Those who tried Windows 10 for a few days but reverted to their previous version of Windows retain the right to install Windows 10 again on that specific computer without additional charges, even after the free offer has otherwise expired.
The previously announced summer update code-named “Redstone 1” has been renamed the “Anniversary Update”. This is now targeted to arrive on (surprise!) the first anniversary of Windows 10 – July 29. The “Redstone 2” update has been pushed back to the spring of 2017, in line with the new “servicing model” for Windows 10. Two major collections of new features will routinely arrive via automatic updates annually – the “new normal” for Windows development.
In addition to myriad unseen improvements to Windows Core and ongoing bug fixes, the Anniversary Update will show a redesign of the start menu to match design features found in Universal Apps (Windows Store apps). Live Tiles will become “smarter”. The new start menu will unfortunately also double the number of preinstalled advertising apps to 10.
Cortana will work in even more languages, become more responsive to vocal input and will now have some functionality in the lock screen. The first few extensions for Microsoft Edge will finally make an appearance via the Windows Store. Microsoft will start bringing all desktop software into the Windows Store as well as providing a programming tool called the ‘Desktop App Converter’ for software developers.
Newer devices will instantly recognize their owners via fingerprint or facial recognition (Windows Hello) and newer touch sensitive devices will interpret digital pen pressure as brush strokes and decipher handwriting, emulating writing on paper (Windows Ink). There are bound to be a few more surprises saved for the official release date.
If you’ve been waiting until the very last possible moment to claim the free upgrade to Windows 10, that special moment is just around the corner. Microsoft reminded Windows users on Cinco de Mayo that the free Windows 10 upgrade offer ends on July 30, dispelling the persistent rumor that the offer would be extended. The price for an upgrade installation of Windows 10 Home will revert to $119 on July 30.