[Windows 10] Unofficial Windows Guide - Preparing for Windows 10
The Bottom Line – How will Windows 10 be Distributed?
◾Windows 10 is due to be released on the 29th of July 2015.
The Free Upgrade – Am I Eligible?
◾Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all Windows 7 and 8.1 OEM and Retail Licenses if the upgrade is taken between the 29th of July 2015 – 29th of July 2016. Such systems will have a notification icon see below.
◾Microsoft seems to be losing the misunderstood and pointless subversions for the free upgrade such as “N” Editions, Single Language Editions, Starter Editions, Home Basic Editions and with Bing Editions. Hopefully they never bring these subversions back for Windows 10.
◾They are also explicitly stating Windows 10 “Home” and not carrying on the mistake from Windows 8 where Windows 8 “Home” was called Windows 8 only resulting in confusion between “Windows 8″ (Windows 8 the product family) with Windows 8 (the edition). ................