In This Chapter
Windows 10 rumors that just aren’t true
The various versions of Windows 10
Narrowing your choices
32-bit or 64-bit?
Permit me to dispel two rumors, right off the bat. Windows 10 isn’t exactly free. And it isn’t the last version of Windows.
Here are the facts:
If you already own a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or 8/8.1, the upgrade to Windows 10 is free, providing you upgrade during the year after Windows 10’s announced official shipping date. (If you’re running Windows 8, you have to install the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 first.)
Contrariwise, if you’re building a new PC, you have to buy Windows 10. And if you buy a new PC with Windows 10 preinstalled, the PC manufacturer (probably) paid for Windows 10.
- Microsoft may drop the numbering system — so “Windows 10” in the future becomes, simply, “Windows” — but there will ...