To be honest we should at least have guessed it given that the whole process came with some difficulties and many question marks from the very beginning (read about Windows 10 trade policy here). So Microsoft officially announced on a relevant post of the Windows 10 blog that the release date may be the 29th of July, but that is only in theory, which means not everyone will get the necessary update files from the Internet on the same day.
On the contrary, in order to seamlessly serve all those interested to install the latest major update of Windows, as soon as possible and of course in order to help the American company’s servers last – since they will very likely collapse by all those simultaneous requests – the release of Windows 10 will be made gradually, with many consumers gaging access to the files several days after the original release.
In more details the first to receive the final (RTM) edition of Windows 10 will be the manufacturers, somewhen towards the end of July, in order to be tested on the computers that are now built and report any issues or incompatibilities. This edition will be the final, but it is possible to request the installation of multiple updates the first time that such a computer will be connected to the Internet.
Then, on July 29th, those who participated in the beta editions through the Insider Program (Fast ring), will receive from the Internet the final edition. The number of those users is approximately 5 millions according to the last counting and those will be the first who will actually get the new operating system. So it only makes sense, that those will be the same people who will continue testing all the updates before they go publically available.
After the 29th, all the other users who used Windows 7/8.1 and have made the “reservation” (check this article to learn how to make your reservation) will gradually receive their new OS. Priority will be given to those whose computers have been confirmed by the company that they will have absolutely no difficulties installing Windows 10. To the rest, Microsoft will send various notifications with ways to solve any hardware or software incompatibilities.
And so, all this should take more than two weeks to make sure that everything works out smoothly and the company’s servers don’t crash. At that point, we assume that the ISO version will become available for those who want to install Windows 10 on many PCs at the same time without requiring an Internet connection.
Microsoft’s decision will probably disappoint many enthusiasts (especially since it was taken only a month before the big release, while the release has been announced months before that). However, we judge that it is actually the right decision since it is practically certain that the release on Windows 10 on dozens or hundreds of thousands of users at a time will reveal minor issues or bugs that the company will have the chance to improve and fix on time, so that less and less issues will have to be dealt each day. So maybe not everyone reading this will receive Microsoft’s new Windows edition on the same date that was first announced, but we still keep counting!