The recent disclosure by HP has apparently caused a few confusion because the company had said in an earlier-this-week press release that its current hardware was unlikely to start shipping with Windows 10 OS preinstalled until “mid-August into October”. What if you don’t own a copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and plan on building a new system?

For those people that prefer physical copies of software, various Amazon web pages have appeared selling Windows 10 on a flash drive, directly from Microsoft. The rumors regarding Windows 10 being sold on USB sticks instead of DVDs as installation disks have been rampant and it seems that Microsoft turned those rumors into reality.

Also keeping mind that one of Windows 10’s core new features, the Cortana personal assistant, will only be available in certain languages – and hence in Windows 10 versions for certain countries.

We’d heard a couple weeks ago that Microsoft might offer Windows 10 on flash drives. Now Amazon is taking pre-orders for Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro on flash drives.

Amazon puts the availability date of Microsoft Windows 10 on USB flash drives as 16 August.

Mainstream support is the 5-year period after the launch of an operating system during which Microsoft rolls out updates and new features, while during extended support only security fixes are being provided. Don’t worry, Microsoft has an entire Windows 10 marketing campaign coming for that. You can swipe from the left of your display to open the new Task View or hit the dedicated TaskView button. Before you install Windows 10 you’ll need to delete all these partitions, by selecting each one and clicking the Delete icon.

I have a PC that has served me well for about four years, but it is starting to show its age via a variety of Windows-related errors.

If you don’t have a boot override menu, you’ll need to go into the BIOS or UEFI Setup program, which is where you change some of your computer’s more low-level settings. To help you figure it out, the Get Windows 10 app will help check your PC’s compatibility.

Windows 10 incorporates Windows Hello, a confirmation framework that has the capacity to distinguish your face or unique mark. You will be notified later when the upgrade is available. We’ve already seen this feature in Ubuntu, where it’s often handy for keeping screens relatively clean when juggling multiple tasks by compartmentalising windows into each virtual desktop. Within that menu, when I clicked on Recovery in the left navigation pane, I was given three options: Reset this PC, Go back to Windows 8.1 and Advanced startup.