Microsoft Windows 10 is here and the Redmondian Tech Giant made it quite easy for you the reserve the upgrade copy for this new OS. There is a small white logo which doubles up as an icon in your notification area.
However, there are frantic people at the moment who haven’t seen this upgrade icon yet and they need to do a little tinkering in order to ensure that they can easily get the free copy of Windows 10 when it finally arrives.
As of now, you should check if you are running the right version of Windows and things you can do in case the notification button doesn’t appear. Right now, people are still having a lot of problems waiting for Windows 10 to download. Since the beginning, Microsoft has kept saying that Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows customers but in reality, the situation is a bit more complicated.
There are only specific versions of Windows which are applicable for this update and they are Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The upgrade notification icon will not appear in case you are running Windows 8, Windows Enterprise, Vista, XP or any other version. However, using Windows Update, you can upgrade your OS to 7 or 8 for free.
Now for the pirates, Windows will easily recognize that you are running an unofficial or a pirated copy of Windows and the upgrade will be stopped immediately so it’s useless to even try. Of course, we know that as our reader, you are not a pirate but it’s still worth mentioning just for the sake of achieving a sense of completeness.
Meanwhile, in case you have Windows Update feature turned off, you will not be seeing this notification on Windows. You can change this on Windows 7 by clicking on the Start button, write Update and then enable it from Windows Updates. If you find any updates, you should choose it and install whatever is necessary.
If you are a Windows 8.1 user, you need to head over to the Windows Store, open the Settings bar located on the right side of the screen by moving the mouse pointer to the desired location or simply swiping in. Next, you need to select App Updates and make sure that Automatically Update my apps are turned on.
Meanwhile, people at Microsoft Support Forums have also created a script file which has the ability to fix the most usual problems which can stop the upgrade icon from appearing. Keep in mind that you will be trying this at your own risk from what it looks like; it is completely a non-malicious bit of code that shouldn’t be of any bother. You can extract the wind10fix_full.zip file and then right click on this file to bring up the contextual menu.
After this, simply run the program by selecting Run as Administrator. After this, you will be presented with a menu and from there you should choose the first option to run a system update and make sure and everything stays updated. Check out the other options and finally you should see your icon appear.
There are few more things that you can try if neither of these steps helps you out. You should check if Windows update is set to update automatically. You can head over to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download and make sure that you delete everything in it.
The downloaded updates will be removed as this is good because one of them could be causing a problem that prevents the notification from appearing. You can also press Enter after typing wuauclt.exe /updatenow since this actually triggers the start of the update.