Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:30

Windows 10 uptake on schedule Featured


Microsoft has shared some statistics about the take up of Windows 10 since its release on 29 July.

  • More than 75 million devices around the world are now running Windows 10 – and growing every day
  • The uptake has been across 192 countries – almost every country on the planet
  • Cortana (where available) has told more than 500,000 jokes
  • More than 90,000 unique PC or tablet models have upgraded to Windows 10 including devices pre-2007 – a wider spread that expected
  • More than 122 years of gameplay have streamed from Xbox One to Windows 10 devices
  • Windows Store for Windows 10 has seen 6X more app downloads per device than Windows 8.x


Please remember that Windows 10 is a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.x – there is a full year to do take advantage of this so there has not been a major imperative to upgrade NOW. And it is a staged rollout to ensure that the 3GB download does not crash servers and clog the internet.

Microsoft’s goal is the get the 1 billion devices running Windows 7 or later onto Windows 10. That is has achieved 75,000 activations in under one month means it is well on track to achieve that goal.

On 19 August I wrote an article titled ‘Windows 10 is here – what happens next?’ and at that time Windows 10 had about 39 million activations. Since then I have been trawling the internet looking for more installation issues – there have not been any of significance.

Perhaps the only issue that I have not reported on has been for clean installs – totally wiping the operating system and starting from scratch. The free offer is for an upgrade only. If you do not upgrade first, your old activation key will not work and you have to buy a new copy of Windows 10.

The upgrade takes your Windows 7 or 8.x activation key and after the upgrade turns it into a new Windows 10 key. You can the find that new key by running Belarc Advisor. Once you have the new key you can do a clean install.

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Ray Shaw  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!

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