Tonight is the night that Microsoft drops Windows 10 on the world. The update comes behind one of the most controversial entries in their Operating System series, one which redefined various aspects of the experience. Like most changes, people didn’t take well to it. I myself wasn’t a big fan of the Start menu screen until one day it occurred to me that it’s really just a better organized and much larger version of the regular Start menu we’re all used to. After that, I loved it.

The upgrade to Windows 10 is a free update for users of Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. It will be available via the Windows Update option on your computer, so if you haven’t gotten a notice about it yet, check there. Just keep in mind that Microsoft is releasing this update in waves, so you may have to wait for it to become available to your computer. So far, only one of the 8 eligible computers in my house have been selected to perform the update.

Don’t want to wait? Download Windows 10 right now!

If you don’t want to wait for your turn, Microsoft has made available a download option from their website. You can download Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system for free from their website to install on the current machine or set it up on a USB flash drive or a DVD. This will download the media creation tool and get you on your way to upgrading your Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 desktop or laptop.

Windows Phone upgrade?

As far as I can tell, Windows Phone has not received the update yet. According to my Nokia 635 Windows Phone, there are no updates available. I’m not sure when Microsoft plans to make this available for their phones, but I’m hoping it is soon. It will be nice to have both working off of the same operating system (though mine will end up being the slimmed down version due to lack of RAM).

I’ll write more about Windows 10 once it’s installed and I have a chance to play around with it. Right now, I’m sitting at 32% of what is a 2.7GB download, according to Windows Update. It’s likely going to take a little while to download, install and setup, and being that I get a bit excited for things like this, I probably won’t be going to sleep anytime soon.