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It Will Be Free to Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8.1/Phone 8.1

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    Current Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users will be able to free upgrade their OS to Windows 10 for one year after the operating system launches, Terry Myerson, chief of Microsoft operating system, announced on Tuesday.

    To a large extent, Microsoft’s move is to help the next generation of Windows operating system (Windows 10) take up more market share. It was reported that more than half of desktop users all over the world are still using Windows 7 and about 10% users are using Windows 8.1. Even if a small part of these users change their OS to Windows 10, that would be a huge number. And many users are willing to do this upgrade since the new Windows operating system owns many attractive features, such as modernized Start Menu, optimized UI, and better multitasking with Task View.

    Nevertheless, though Windows 10 is amazing, there are still limits when users are doing disk and partition management. After opening Disk Management in Windows 10 Technical Preview and right clicking a partition we can see the following interface:

    disk management in windows 10

    It shows this tool cannot do a lot of partitioning operations, such as extend partition to non-contiguous unallocated space, move partition, merge partition, split partition, convert file system, set partition logical or primary, and align partition. Therefore, it is very necessary to equip their computer with a free third party partitioning software after users free upgrade OS to Windows 10 or directly install Windows 10.

    Powerful Partitioning Freeware for Windows 10 - MiniTool Partition Wizard

    It is very easy and safe to use this program for Windows 10 disk and partition management. Please launch it to get the main interface below at first:

    disk management functions in minitool partition wizard

    To do disk management, please select the disk that will be operated and choose a function from the left action panel. From the interface above we can see it is able to align all partitions, rebuild MBR, recover lost partition, wipe disk, convert MBR to GPT or GPT to MBR, etc.

    partition management functions in minitool partition wizard

    To make partition management, please select the partition which needs operating and choose a function from the left pane. MiniTool Partition Wizard is capable of extending partition, shrinking partition, merging partition, aligning partition, converting file system, changing cluster size, and so forth.

    Try using the free partitioning software to help manage disk and partitions when users upgrade OS to Windows 10.