After a somewhat extended preview period, Windows 10 will finally be available for public use in a month’s time. We covered the method to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on any PC quite some time ago, and since then the OS has come a long way. A lot of bugs have been quashed, Edge browser has surfaced, and Windows 10 is fast becoming what most Microsoft fans wanted it to be all along. So, if you are excited for the upcoming Windows 10 RTM version, there are 2 ways to get your hands on it. Users can purchase a Windows 10 license once it is released on 29th July 2015, or there is the option to continue with the MS Insider program.
With Microsoft Insider, you will continue receiving preview builds of the OS, even after the Windows 10 RTM release. The only price you have to pay for the Insider previews is some patience as preview builds ultimately come with a lot of bugs. If this sounds like a good idea to you, here is what needs to be done to get the RTM and then other preview builds after it.
Users will need to have the latest build of Windows 10 TP installed on their system to remain subscribed to the Insider program. Here are all the requirements for getting Windows 10 RTM for free.
- You should configure the same Microsoft account on your computer that was used to sign up for the Insider program. This applies to both fast and slow ring subscribers (read our post on the ring structure to learn more about the difference).
- Ensure you are using the latest Windows 10 TP build. Unless something changes dramatically, this version should remain 10130.
- If you are thinking of keeping an eye out for future Windows 10 updates after Windows RTM release through the Insider Hub, you will have to search for it in a roundabout away. The hub has to be accessed from the Settings app present in Windows 10.
If you are a bit adventurous, or just can’t afford to purchase the Windows 10 license for now, continuing with the Insider program might be a good trade-off. Give the method a go, as it is anything but complicated.