Windows 10 is available for purchase at Microsoft's online store. Prospective buyers can select either the Home or Pro edition and receive a copy of the operating system via download or on a USB flash drive. Alternatively, users can buy a new computer with Windows 10 pre-installed, or they can upgrade their existing Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 computers to Windows 10 for free, as of 2015.
As of October 2015, the price for Windows 10 ranges from $119.99 for the Home edition to $199.99 for the Pro edition. Windows 10 Home offers features that users need for everyday computing, whereas Windows 10 Pro provides additional benefits for power users and small to medium business owners. These features include remote access, virtual machines and encryption. Windows 10 requires a computer with at least a 1-gigahertz processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM, 20 gigabytes of free disk space and a video card that supports an 800-by-600 screen resolution or higher.
Free shipping is available when buying Windows 10 on a USB stick. Users who choose to buy digital copies of Windows 10 must check their inboxes instead and find the confirmation email containing the product key for installation. Users who want to upgrade must have computers with genuine copies of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 and obtain the Get Windows 10 application via Windows Update. The upgrade offer remains free for up to one year of Windows 10's availability.