After reserving the free Windows 10 Upgrade, and once the download is available, will I be notified if the download is taking place, or will it take place without my knowledge?

The reason I am asking this is because, if I am notified about the taking place of the download, I can keep my PC turned on, connected to the internet.

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    Even if you shutdown, the download should resume I think, just from experience from upgrading to 8.1 – Sri Harsha Chilakapati Jul 26 '15 at 12:52
  • @SriHarshaChilakapati cool. But when u upgraded to Win8.1 did you know if the download was taking place? – Switch Jul 26 '15 at 12:54
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    I kept the store open then, and it did show a progress bar. – Sri Harsha Chilakapati Jul 26 '15 at 12:56
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    @Switch - The upgrade to 8.1 was entirely different. You did that through the Windows Store. Windows 10 will be distributed over a Windows Update mechanic. As data is released your system will download it provided its connected to the internet. You can always just download the installation media come July 29th. – Ramhound Jul 26 '15 at 12:57

After reserving a Windows 10 Upgrade, after a few hours when you click the same Windows-like icon in the taskbar, you will see a window pop up with the message "Download - In Progress", and you can see the download progress by clicking on the button "View Download Progress".

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My background download is in progress with 20% done. That's all folks!

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    This page might suggest you can see it in Windows Update as well: techjourney.net/… (But maybe only if you force-trigger the download. But then I guess people who read this question will do that...?) – Arjan Jul 29 '15 at 9:56
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    Why the downvote? (I don't use Windows, but I see multiple references to this. That is: once the download has started, obviously.) – Arjan Jul 29 '15 at 11:01

No you wont get a notification but if you go to the root of C: then you should see (if enabled) a hidden folder called: "$Windows.~BT" that shows that windows 10 is being downloaded to your computer.

Hidden folder

You can also download with this: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

  • Bilal's answer claims otherwise. – Arjan Jul 29 '15 at 8:58
  • @Arjan - Bilal's answer is correct. This answer is also correct. You are not provided a notification this happens though hence the reason it is correct. – Ramhound Jul 29 '15 at 10:44
  • What size is the Windows-bt folder when fully ready for install? – Joop Jul 30 '15 at 21:53
  • around 6gb But if you dont want to wait use this: microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10 – Shapperd Jul 31 '15 at 4:33

No, I won't be notified regarding the download.

I learn tthis in the thread that I started: Will I know when the Windows 10 files are being downloaded in the background or not?.

The correct answer was posted by an MVP, Andre Da Costa , and it said:

No, it won't provide any progress when its actually downloading.

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    Note that MVPs are not necessarily Microsoft employees. – Arjan Jul 26 '15 at 13:32
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    "Downloading will be a background task." Ugh. That is so stupid. – Lightness Races with Monica Jul 26 '15 at 17:16
  • @Lightness, why is that stupid? It nicely allows Microsoft to control how much traffic is sent to their servers. – Arjan Jul 29 '15 at 8:18
  • Bilal's answer claims otherwise. – Arjan Jul 29 '15 at 8:59
  • @Arjan: What does "allows Microsoft to control" have to do with transferring in the background with no status indication or pause method? Y'know, those fundamental things that have been on every sensible download mechanism since the 1990s. – Lightness Races with Monica Jul 29 '15 at 9:38

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