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Windows 10 – if you can’t wait

Microsoft have made available a direct download of ISO images for Windows 10 in 32-bit and 64-bit versions – no need to wait for your reserved copy.

The web page has a link to a download tool that creates an ISO copy of the operating system on a DVD or USB (at least 4GB for a sigle image or 8GB for both 32-bit and 64-bit images).

The download can be used for an upgrade install or a clean install – for the later make sure you have your product key or it will not work.

It may be handy for upgrading your system from 32-bit to 64-bit (make sure you have 4GB RAM and a processor that supports it) but the existing Windows 7 or 8.1 product key will only allow you to install the same version that you have – Home or Pro.

It will also work to upgrade Windows running under emulation on a Mac – but you must download the ISO from a Windows 7/8.1 device first.

If using the USB/DVD you have created for an upgrade it is as simple as booting into Windows 7/8.1, opening Windows Explorer and clicking on setup.exe in the USB/DVD drive. An upgrade means that all drivers, settings and files remain. iTWire has a instructions and tips to make this easy here.

If doing a clean install you boot from the USB/DVD – note that this may require you to select the boot media from your BIOS start up menu. Clean install means everything is wiped so you will need to install all drivers and software again.

Microsoft has a good FAQ page here.

Initial reviews using the final release of W10 are all positive with very few reported issues. Overwhelmingly reviews have reported that the PC runs faster!

NOTE TO AUSTRALIAN USERS: Cortana is not enabled - it will be released for Australia over the coming months. You can access it if you set language and speech to US.

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!