There is some confusion right now about the Windows 10 Free Upgrade. Is it still available or is it not available? Yesterday, came a glimmer of hope for many who were still in limbo. Microsoft found out and immediately clarified; the Microsoft Answer Desk Tech who indicated the free upgrade offer would still be available for two more weeks, made a mistake. The issue is, there is wide open information on Microsoft's website that says otherwise. The Windows 10 Accessibility Page, provides a link to an updated Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant, which lets you upgrade for free. It is no different from the regular Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant. Microsoft's official stance remains, the free upgrade offer has ended.
The new Upgrade Assistant found here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade
It is version 1.4.9200.17343 opposed to 1.4.9200.17332
The website Dell Windows Reinstallation Guide, provides more information regarding Windows 10 availability.
Phillip Yip goes on further to say:
So, it looks like the cat is out of the bag, Windows 10 is still available for free, its now an open secret. Is Microsoft likely to close this loophole? They sure can, but for users who missed the fantasy deadline, they can grab the upgrade for free while they can.
Update: Apparently, the support agent provided incorrect information. Technology journalist, Ed Bott, ZDNET, confirmed with Microsoft, the free upgrade offer has indeed ended.
Procrastinators can breath a sigh of relief. A reply from a community forum participant, Martmcd, confirmed in a chat session with a Microsoft Answer Desk agent; the Windows 10 Free Upgrade Offer has been extended for 2 more weeks. The free upgrade launched on July 29, 2015, provides a full version Windows 10 upgrade for PC and devices running a qualifying, genuine, activated Windows 7 or Windows 8 license. The free upgrade was scheduled to last for one year. This week many users started scrambling at the last minute to grab the upgrade. Users who started the upgrade began hitting a widespread 99% hang using the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant. Microsoft Forum Moderators reassured users who started the upgrade before the deadline, could contact chat support to get a reprieve.
Todays news gives users a little more breathing room to sort out whatever problems might be preventing successful upgrades. This should also give many users the chance to skip Windows 10 November Update and head straight to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update set for August 2.
I share my iPhones Internet connection as a wireless network. Recently, I started experiencing difficulty connecting to my mobile hotspot, with a generic error displayed 'cannot connect to this network.
I tried a few things such as:
Restarting my phone.
Change the password.
Interestingly, my Lumia 625 mobile hotspot connection worked just fine. So, isolated the problem and the mobile hotspot worked on my Surface Pro. The next thing I tried, turned out to be solution, delete and add the wireless connection again.
To do that, click Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage Wi-Fi Settings.
Select your wireless network, then click Forget.
Click View Available Network icon in the Notification Area, then connect again. You will be prompted to enter your password.
The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is fast approaching. To ensure users experience a smooth upgrade, here are some things you can do.
Disable your Antivirus utility temporarily before attempting the upgrade. Click the respective link for the Antivirus utility you are running. Please remember to re-enable your Antivirus after successfully upgrade.
- Norton - right click Norton in the Notification Area then click Disable Antivirus
- ESET NOD32
- Trend Micro
- Webroot Secure Anywhere
Make sure your machine name is simple no periods or hyphens or dashes. Avoid using names such as "System" or Account or Administrator for your Machine.
How to Rename Your Windows 10 Computer - groovyPost
Restart a few times then try again.
Click Start > Power Options > Restart
Disable General USB Devices (example - Smart Card Reader).
Press Windows key + X > click Device Manager > expand Memory technology devices. Right click SD Controllers, then click uninstall. If there is more than one, right click each, then click Uninstall.
Perform a clean boot, restart then try again.
Learn how to do it in Windows 10: How to Disable Startup Programs in Windows 10 - groovyPost
If you are using a SCSI hard disk, make sure you have drivers available for your storage device on a thumb drive and it is connected. During Windows 10 setup, click the Custom Advanced Option and use the Load Driver command to load the appropriate driver for the SCSI drive. If this does not work and setup still fails, consider switching to a IDE based hard disk.
If you are upgrading using the .ISO file, disconnect from the Internet during setup, if you are connected by LAN (Ethernet) or Wi-Fi, disable both then attempt setup again.
There are multiple ways to do this, you can disconnect the Ethernet cable if you are connected to a wireless network. If you are connected to a wireless network, you can manually disable Wi-Fi by turning off the Wireless switch on your laptop.
Another way that is even easier, is to open Action Center - press Windows key + A then click Airplane Mode. This will disable all network technologies. Proceed with the upgrade.
If you are updating through Windows Update, when the download reaches 100% disconnect from the Internet LAN (Ethernet) or Wi-Fi then proceed with the installation.
See previous steps.
If that does not work, try using the .ISO file to upgrade if possible.
How To Download Windows 10 ISO for a Clean Install ... - groovyPost
then mount the ISO and start the upgrade: How to Mount and Burn ISO Images in Windows 10 - groovyPost
If you are connected to a domain, switch to a local account.
See section of the following article Leave a Domain: How to Join a Windows 10 PC to a Domain - groovyPost
If you have any external devices attached to the machine, disconnect them (example, gaming controllers, USB keys, external hard disk, printers, non-essential devices).