How to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free Without Waiting

Microsoft has finally launched its much anticipated Windows 10 operating system for consumers, and the free upgrade for users running Windows 7/ 8/ 8.1 has begun rolling out in waves in 190 countries. The company has opened a reservation system, and those who had reserved the upgrade are due to receive the upgrade via Windows Update starting Wednesday. However, there may be a way to force the download of the upgrade.

For those who do not want to wait, a method of manually forcing the Windows 10 update on PCs, laptops, and eligible tablets is now doing the rounds of the Web.

(Also see:  How to Upgrade, Download, and Install Windows 10)

Highlighted first in a Reddit forum post (via VentureBeat), the six-step process is for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update (Windows 8 users need to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Update to be eligible for the upgrade) users and does not require any high technical skills. Here are the steps:

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