While confusion continues to prevail over how Microsoft’s previous announcement regarding Windows 10 being a free upgrade to users of Windows 7 and 8.1, the Redmomd giant has today assured, that all Windows Insiders with their registered MSA connected to their PC will receive the final release build of Windows 10 starting on July 29th.

Microsoft’s Gabe Aul confirmed this method on Twitter yesterday as part of a new blog post detailing some new changes to the way the company tests Windows 10. Here’s what Microsoft says about getting the final build of its latest operating system for free:

Windows Insiders running the Windows 10 Insider Preview (Home and Pro editions) with their registered MSA connected to their PC will receive the final release build of Windows 10 starting on July 29th. This will come as just another flight. I’ve gotten a lot of questions from Windows Insiders about how this will work if they clean installed from ISO. As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated. Once you have successfully installed this build and activated, you will also be able to clean install on that PC from final media if you want to start over fresh.

Microsoft is in need of testers to test the current builds of Windows 10 using a Microsoft Account to receive updated builds. And even after the finalized version of the operating system is out, testers can opt in and help the company make the software better.

The official release of the Windows 10 will be on the 29th of July and Windows says that the Windows Insider program will continue even after that. Insiders will get continuous updated information on every detail regarding fixes, features, and updates directly from Windows. They can then provide the vendor feedback on what they think of the data.

Inside Hub will no longer be pre-installed as Microsoft wants to remove a few things so that they do not ship to everyone. According to Microsoft, Windows Insiders can reinstall the Insider Hub app through the following steps:

  • Go to Settings, System, Apps & features
  • Click Manage optional features then Add a feature
  • Select the Insider Hub entry (the list is in alphabetical order) and click Install.

This process has to be implemented every time you install a new build until the 29th of July post which, the Hub will be pre-installed again.

Also, Microsoft Edge (Previously known as Project Spartan) is on the way too. The app is now officially getting a new ID and you will son see ‘projectSpartan’ being replaced by Microsoft Edge in the next build. This will cause any favorites, cookies, history and Reading list items that you had saved in the Project Spartan app to be lost after upgrading from a previous Windows 10 Insider Preview build. To backup up your favourites, here’s what Microsoft wants you to do:

  • Copy your favorites from%localappdata%/Packages/Microsoft.Windows.Spartan_cw5n1h2txyewy/AC/Spartan/User/Default/Favorites.
  • Save them to %userprofile%/Favorites.
  • After upgrading to the next build open Microsoft Edge, choose Settings, and you’ll see an option to import favorites from another browser. Choose Internet Explorer to import the favorites you saved in your %userprofile% directory into Microsoft Edge.


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