Microsoft really wants users to upgrade their PCs to Windows 10. Really. In a post on the Windows Blog, Windows and Devices head Terry Myerson said that the reservation-system update process for Windows 10 has worked well so far. To get Windows 10 on more PCs, though, Microsoft has streamlined the manual upgrade process, and it'll soon begin pushing out the final version of Win10 to Windows Update.
To start, the reservation method of requesting a Windows 10 upgrade is dead. Myerson says that interested PC owners can instead begin the upgrade straight from the notification app that shows up on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs. He also says Windows 10 will make its way onto Windows Update "soon." The OS will show up as an optional update at first, but it won't stay that way for long.
Early on in 2016, Microsoft expects to mark Windows 10 as a "Recommended Update." For PC owners who have chosen to stick with the Microsoft-recommended settings for Windows Update, that means the OS will automatically download Windows 10 and try to initiate the upgrade process.
The upgrade won't be entirely automatic, though. Users do have to accept the Windows 10 license before installation can continue. Myerson says users will have the opportunity to back out of the installation for any reason if they want, and he also points out that Microsoft gives users 31 days to roll back to their previous version of Windows if they so choose.
Finally, Windows 10 will only install and activate on "genuine" Windows 7 and 8.1 systems with this new process, so pirates won't be upgraded to a legit copy of Windows for free. Instead, Microsoft will soon test a process where non-genuine users can buy Windows 10 right from the Windows Update application before upgrading.