Tuesday, June 23, 2015

How To Reserve Your Free Copy Of Windows 10 If You Don't See The Tray Icon

Starting in late July, 2015 users that are currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 - free. What happened to Windows 9? Well, Microsoft would rather not discuss 9 - they want to get a fresh start with Version 10. You may have noticed that a small, white, Windows Icon recently appeared in the lower right tray of your Windows 7 or 8 desktop. The icon is a reminder to "reserve your free copy of Windows 10".


Unfortunately, some users have not seen this icon and assume that they are not eligible for the upgrade. In most cases this is just a bug and you will still be able to grab Windows 10 when it's released on July 29, 2015. Here are a few things you can do to make the reservation icon appear.

1. Make sure that Windows Update is enabled and running. Also, check "Computer Properties" to insure that you are running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 Update.

2. The icon arrived as part of Windows Update KB3035583. Open Windows Update and click on View Update History to see if you have it. If you don't, you can download the update manually from Microsoft.

3. If you do have it and the icon doesn't show, try to launch it manually: Open the Run Box (Windows Key + R), type "C:\Windows\System32\GWX\GWX.exe", and tap Enter. Next, Reboot your computer and see if it appears in the lower tray.

4. If the previous steps didn't resolve the issue, uninstall KB3015583 from the Windows Update Panel, and reinstall the update using the manual link above. Reboot once again.

Reserving your free copy of Windows 10 is convenient, but not absolutely necessary. You will have one year to upgrade (July 29, 2015 - July 29, 2016), as long as your computer meets the specifications below.

  1. Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor or SoC.
  2. RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit OS.
  3. Hard disk space: 16 GB for 32-bit OS 20 GB for 64-bit OS.
  4. Graphics Card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
  5. Display Resolution: 1024x600