Here is how to make sure you receive Windows 10 RTM on 29 July 2015

Although Microsoft has a staggered roll out planned for Windows 10 later this month there is one way to make sure you can get the final build on the day it becomes available.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

July 6, 2015

3 Min Read
Here is how to make sure you receive Windows 10 RTM on 29 July 2015

Last week was a short work week here in the United States as Friday was a federal holiday for the 4th of July Independence Day weekend.

Despite only having four work days Microsoft got a lot accomplished by releasing three new builds of the Windows 10 Insider Preview (10158 on Monday, 10159 on Tuesday and 10162 on Thursday).

Then late on Thursday evening the Microsoft Windows Team also released the ISO images for build 10162 so that Windows Insiders could download them to use for clean installs of this latest build. According to Gabe Aul, our Microsoft Insiders Ring Master, that build is expected to be released to Windows Insiders in the programs Slow Ring this week.

I suspect that it could be the last build made available to Slow Ring users prior to General Availability (GA) on 29 July 2015 unless Microsoft makes an RTM build available to all Insiders.

Another big piece of news last week was the roll out process for Windows 10 beginning on 29 July 2015. Microsoft’s Windows Chief Terry Myerson explained all the ins and outs of General Availability in a blog post at the Blogging Windows website.

What we learned was that the general public who were able to make a reservation for Windows 10 on their Windows 7 or 8.1 systems using the Get Windows 10 App would begin receiving prompts to install the new OS after 29 July.  There are millions of users who have reserved Windows 10 but Microsoft has not provided any specific order for that process once it begins.

However, what Microsoft did let everyone know is that members of the Windows Insiders program will be the first to receive Windows 10 and that roll out will begin on 29 July – the exact date of Windows 10’s GA.

Since Microsoft can already identify the over five million Windows Insiders with their registered Microsoft Account they can easily target those systems for the initial roll out of the release build of Windows 10.

As I stated last week, this staggered roll out makes a lot of sense because Windows Insiders have been upgrading to new builds of Windows 10 since last fall and know much of what to expect.

That brings us to the pretty much guaranteed method you can use to insure you are able to upgrade to Windows 10 on day one of its GA (29 July) – join the Windows Insider Program.

As noted above that testing group will be the first wave of users that will get prompted to upgrade their current installations to Windows 10 while others with and without reservations will have to wait over the course of several days and maybe even weeks to get the upgrade.

If you would prefer not waiting then the one way to get in on the first wave is to become a Windows Insider.

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About the Author(s)

Richard Hay

Senior Content Producer, IT Pro Today (Informa Tech)

I served for 29 plus years in the U.S. Navy and retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in November 2011. My work background in the Navy was telecommunications related so my hobby of computers fit well with what I did for the Navy. I consider myself a tech geek and enjoy most things in that arena.

My first website – – came online in 1995. Back then I used GeoCities Web Hosting for it and is the result of the work I have done on that site since 1995.

In January 2010 my community contributions were recognized by Microsoft when I received my first Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award for the Windows Operating System. Since then I have been renewed as a Microsoft MVP each subsequent year since that initial award. I am also a member of the inaugural group of Windows Insider MVPs which began in 2016.

I previously hosted the Observed Tech PODCAST for 10 years and 317 episodes and now host a new podcast called Faith, Tech, and Space. 

I began contributing to Penton Technology websites in January 2015 and in April 2017 I was hired as the Senior Content Producer for Penton Technology which is now Informa Tech. In that role, I contribute to ITPro Today and cover operating systems, enterprise technology, and productivity.

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