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By Rey Bango

A Glimpse into the Windows 10 Upgrade Notification

By Rey Bango

This article is part of a web development series from Microsoft. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible.

There’s been a lot of press lately about the Windows 10 upgrade notification appearing for users of Windows 7, 8 & 8.1. I wanted to publish an article about the experience. Whether your dev box is a Mac or PC or Linux, you can expect that many of your users will be trying Windows 10 and Microsoft Edge – the default browser – out. So it’s a good reason to do a test pass. Fortunately Edge resembles browsers like Chrome and Firefox more than past versions of IE. Let’s take a look:

Please note that this is ONLY TO RESERVE THE FREE UPGRADE, made available July 29th; this is basically telling Microsoft that you want it. IT’s NOT GOING TO INSTALL IT IMMEDIATELY! If you want to use Win 10 now, go to and download the ISO.

First, in the notification center, you’ll get a little Windows icon:

Windows 10 upgrade icon

Clicking on it pops open a dialog letting you know that you can reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade and lets you scroll to see the benefits (i.e.: marketing speak). You don’t have to scroll. Instead you can go straight to reserving your Win 10 upgrade by clicking the “Reserve your free upgrade” button:

Upgrade mechanism

Start Menu


Built-in apps

Windows Store

Reserve free upgrade

You also have a small slide out menu that basically gives you all of the same options that you would’ve scrolled through and also lets you inspect your PC for compatibility:

PC compatibility options

Once you’ve clicked on the “Reserve your free upgrade” button, you’re basically done and your machine is marked to receive the update. And remember you’ll get a notification when it’s ready to install:

Email input

And if you want to be notified by email when the upgrade is ready, just enter it in and submit which will take you to this screen:

Upgrade reserved

That’s it. Here’s the link to the FAQ that’s in that dialog.

No nag or crazy UX. Simple.

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  • Ray De Vries

    Note the lack of a “I don’t want Windows 10 leave me alone and uninstall this notifier” option.

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      so hide the icon and don’t install the Windows update that triggers the notification.

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  • Gerrit-Jan Gommer

    “Microsoft – helping keep SitePoint free
    This article is part of a web development series from Microsoft. Thank you for supporting the partners who make SitePoint possible.”
    So, SitePoint now has become a publishing company of Microsoft. Too bad. :(

    • OphelieLechat

      Hey Gerrit-Jan — we partner with a few brands for advertising and syndication (roughly 1% of our total article base). Sponsored or syndicated posts are always clearly identified, and ad content doesn’t influence our editorial choices.

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