Windows 10 is now on over 14 million devices just 24 hours after launch

The first 24 hours were a whirlwind of installations and upgrades for Microsoft's latest flagship operating system.

Richard Hay, Senior Content Producer

July 31, 2015

2 Min Read
Windows 10 is now on over 14 million devices just 24 hours after launch

Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi, who is in charge of marketing for Windows, took to the Blogging Windows site late last night to share some information about the progress of the Windows 10 launch.

He revealed that after the first 24 hours of the Windows 10 upgrade availability that the brand new operating system is now installed on over 14 million devices worldwide. He also confirmed that this is still a phased rollout of the OS with the over 6 million Windows Insiders being the focus right now. Users who reserved the upgrade are slowly beginning to receive it as well.

He did indicate that there are many more upgrades before they even reach everyone who reserved a copy of Windows 10 using the Get Windows 10 app. 

I suspect quite a few of these installations also happened thanks to Microsoft releasing an installation media creation tool which allowed anyone to initiate their upgrade to Windows 10 without a reservation or waiting for an alert on their system that their downloaded upgrade was ready.

While the heavy demand for installing the Windows 10 upgrade is a huge positive sign for Microsoft the launch has not been without its challenges either.

One case in point is a Microsoft representatives confirmation that there are some activation delays for newly installed upgrades.

If you are experiencing Activation failures, this is likely caused by a server issue discussed here :

Windows 10 says I have to connect to the internet to activate, but I am connected.

Please stay put as we work to address this issue.

If your Activation status says “Connect to the Internet….” please do not clean install Windows 10 until you finish activating successfully. Some PCs may experience a problem with activation due to a server issue discussed here:

Windows 10 says I have to connect to the internet to activate, but I am connected.

They caution users to be patient and allow 24-48 hours for the activation to occur instead of trying to reinstall the upgrade or perform a clean install.

As we discussed in our article about making sure you get your free Windows 10 activated that initial in-place upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1 to Windows 10 is a critical step in generating the proper validation codes to keep that device activated for its lifetime.

So how has your upgrade experience been so far? Any major issues or delays in activation?

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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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