Windows 10: Free Upgrade, Features and PerfectDisk

Windows 10: Free Upgrade, Features and PerfectDiskWindows 10 is going to be free for some lucky Windows PC and Windows Phone users running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and/or Windows Phone 8.1 on their devices in the first year after its launch.

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New Features in Windows 10

Windows 10 also brings with it a variety of new features, according to The Schwartz Report:

Microsoft gave a number of reasons to “love” Windows besides the free upgrade:

-The Spartan Web browser, with a rendering engine better suited for modern Web applications

-Cortana, the Windows Phone digital assistant, now for PCs and tablets

-Universal apps such as MS Office Suite, designed to let a user stop working on one device and quickly pick up where they left off on another

-An Xbox app that will allow Xbox users to run games on their PC or Windows tablet

-HoloLens, which looks like a competitor to Google Glass

-Surface Hub: a Windows 10-based 55-inch and 84-inch Ultra HD display with Skype for Business built-in, sensors, cameras and the ability to mark up content with any phone or device

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Qualifying for the Free Windows 10 Upgrade

Those who do qualify for the free upgrade – home users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1 – must be connected to the Internet have have Windows Update enabled, plus there are some other requirements to qualify for the offer, as pointed out in Redmond Magazine:

There are some unspecified hardware and software requirements associated with the deal. Apparently, a device just has to have hardware that’s capable of running the Windows 10 preview. A Microsoft spokesperson described those specs as follows:

-Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster

-RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB)

-Free hard disk space: 16 GB

-Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver

-A Microsoft account and Internet access

The free upgrade offer is not available for Enterprise users, Windows RT users or users of prior operation systems. New Windows 10 Enterprise features are planned to be revealed in March and general commercial release is planned for Fall 2015.

Oh, and one more thing: like all the operating systems before it, a Windows 10-compatible PerfectDisk is in the works.

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Which Windows 10 features are you most looking forward to getting your hands on?

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  1. And the Windows 10-compatible version of PerfeckDisk will be free to existing PerfectDisk users (even if maintenance has expired) for the first year?

      1. Which means what? We have to pay even though (in my case) you purchase a license for 3 PCs and it has not expired yet. Do I have to purchase V14 or hold back from going to Windows 10?

      1. Only PerfectDisk 14 Pro (Home Edition) is compatible with Windows 10. If you had Windows 10 installed before upgrading to PD14 you’ll need to run this fix:

        The v14 business editions will be out this Fall. I have contacted customer support and they will provide you a temporary key (of the Home Edition) for compatibility with Windows 10 at the email address you used to post this comment.

    1. I dealt with that myself. Definitely a pain…I’m thinking you should be able to upgrade anything from 7.0-8.1 to 10…but we all know what happens when we assume 🙂

  2. As Graphics cards are changed every 2 years, mine was removed from ready issue drivers at NVIDIA last year. The sound card is outdated, however works with W7 and has drivers for 8 and 8.1.
    I suspect I may not be able to run W10.

  3. An useful information would be to know if we will be able to do a clean install of Windows 10 later if we re install the system or if we will be forced to re install Windows 7 again before going to Windows 10.

  4. I have exactly the same problem as Mike using Windows 10 and PerfectDisk 12.5 Bld 321.

    If I upgrade to PerfectDisk 13 Bld 843 now will I get a Windows 10 compatible version of PD at no additional cost, or should I wait to upgrade until your W10 compatible version is out?

    Are there any differences in cost between, on the one hand, upgrading in two stages and, on the other, waiting for the W10 version?

    1. The price will be the same but PD 13 is not compatible with Windows 10. PD 14 is the only edition that will be compatible with Windows 10. If you purchase the PD 13 Pro (Home Edition) Upgrade now you will receive a PD 14 Pro (Home Edition) license at no cost but you will receive your license immediately upon purchase if you wait for the PD 14 launch. We recommend installing PD 14 prior to installing Windows 10. If you have already upgraded to Windows 10, you will have to take an extra step in the installation process to install PD 14:

        1. PD 14 is a new version of PD, the same software version upgrade rules apply as they always have to PD upgrades. All customers active on Support and Upgrade Protection are receiving free upgrades and anyone who has purchased PD 13 in the 90-day period prior to the launch of PD 14 tomorrow will also receive a free upgrade.

    1. We are launching PD 14 Pro one day prior (tomorrow, Tuesday) to the official Windows 10 rollout Wednesday. We recommend installing PD 14 prior to installing Windows 10. If you have already upgraded to Windows 10, you will have to take an extra step in the installation process to install PD 14:

  5. When will this be released? We have two days, and I have not received any emails or other announcements showing me where I can upgrade my current Home Pro (13 build 843) to v 14.

    1. We are launching PD 14 Pro tomorrow, one day prior to the official release of Windows 10. We recommend installing PD 14 prior to installing Windows 10. If you have already upgraded to Windows 10, you will have to take an extra step in the installation process to install PD 14:

  6. I removed PD13 pro using your special download file, then tried to load the trial version 14PRO. This failed, so cleared out perfect disc from the program files on the hard drive and tried again. No success. The message I keep getting is “This version of Perfect Disc can not be installed on the version of windows you are running. Your system has not been modified.”
    I am running windows 10 on a Dell XPS 8700, 64 bit.
    Any suggestions John D

    1. I apologize for your troubles. I have submitted a tech support ticket with the email address you used to send this comment. They should be contacting you directly.