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Windows 10 releases to the world in just under 10 days and I’ll be in New York on the 29th of July to celebrate the launch with some of our fans. I couldn’t be more excited for the release of Windows 10. Not only is it being described as the best Windows ever, a number of new features like DirectX 12 and integration with the Xbox are going to have a big impact on gaming while uniting the two platforms.

Here are Ten Tips you can do now to make sure you’re ready to upgrade to Windows 10 on 29 July.

1. Check out the new features coming to Windows 10

Is upgrading to Windows 10 right for you? Maybe you’re content with Windows 7 or Windows 8 and don’t know if you want to upgrade to Windows 10. After you check out the new features coming with Windows 10, I think you’ll change your mind. From Microsoft Edge, an all-new browser; Cortana, your personal digital assistant; and the Xbox app, which brings some of the best features on the Xbox to your PC, Windows 10 is the Windows you know, only better. You can read more information about the new features coming to Windows 10 here.

2. Learn about DirectX 12

With DirectX 12 graphics, performance optimization and Xbox, Windows 10 makes PC gaming better than ever. DirectX 12 will deliver high-end graphics and can improve performance of your games, even on existing hardware.

Watch Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, talk about DirectX 12 at the Windows 10 presentation back in January (jump to the 7:15 mark).

Stay tuned to the Xbox Wire for some upcoming features focusing on DirectX 12.

3. Did you know there is an Xbox Experience In Windows 10?

As gamers, one of the coolest features coming with Windows 10 is the Xbox app. With Xbox on Windows 10, you’ll have more ways to connect and play, wherever you go. Your games, your friends, your achievements, and more follow you across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. The Xbox app for Windows 10 features include streaming Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC, offers cross-device multiplayer, and enables the Xbox Game DVR feature on your PC. Read more about the Xbox experience in Windows 10 here.

4. Take a moment to verify Your System Requirements

If you want to upgrade to Windows 10 on your PC or tablet, you can find the system requirements here. You can also check to see if your system meets the system requirements by selecting “check my PC” in the Get Windows 10 app.

5. Don’t wait! Reserve Your Copy Today

Upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Yes, free! This upgrade offer is for a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device. Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices, including devices you already own. You can find all of the Windows 10 Upgrade Offer details here.

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6. Archive Your Old Data & Create A Back Up

Even though the Windows installation asks you if you want to keep files on your computer when you start installing, it’s always a good idea to archive any files you want to keep. One of the best ways to archive files you want to keep is using an external hard drive or uploading the files to OneDrive. It’s also a good idea to create a backup of your system prior to commencing the Windows 10 installation, just in case something goes wrong or you want to revert back to your previous setup.

Here are a couple Microsoft Support pages for creating backups, but there are plenty of resources available online talking about this in greater detail.

Back up your programs, system settings, and files (Windows 7)

What happened to Backup and Restore?

7. Hardware Drivers With A New Version Of Windows

Whenever you install a new version of Windows it’s always a good idea to verify you’re using compatible drivers to avoid any hardware conflicts or stability issues. Many hardware manufactures already have Windows 10 drivers (or beta drivers)  available now with updates coming soon after Windows 10 releases. Tech savvy PC enthusiasts can use the device manager or DXDIAG tools to identify their specific hardware and drivers, and see if the manufactures have already released Windows 10 drivers. It’s a good idea to download these to a portable drive so you have them available during your Windows 10 installation, just in case you need them.

Open Device Manager

Run DirectX Diagnostic Tool

8. Games and Apps for Windows 10 – New Games and Old

When Windows 10 launches, it will introduce the new Windows Store, a unified shopping experience across every Windows 10 device. Browse the store on your PC, tablet, or phone and easily purchase great digital content including apps, games, music, movies and TV shows.

There are a number of new games and apps coming to Windows 10, so you might want to start thinking about the ones you want to get as soon as you upgrade. One of the biggest titles to announce a unique Windows 10 version is Minecraft, but you can bet there will be some other cool new games and apps available for Windows 10 when it launches.

And if you’re wondering if some of your older PC titles are compatible with Windows 10, this unofficial community created list may help.

 9. Xbox Controllers For Windows 10

The Xbox experience is coming to your Windows 10 device and you want to play games on your PC, and you prefer the Xbox controller – no problem. You can use an Xbox 360 or Xbox One wired controller with your PC. There is a wireless adapter for Xbox 360 controllers available now, and the a wireless adapter coming this fall for Windows users to enjoy the freedom and convenience of the Xbox One wireless controller on Windows 10 PCs, laptops, and tablets.

How to set up an Xbox 360 Controller for Windows

Is my Xbox One Wireless Controller compatible with my PC?

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10. HELP! I have questions.

Depending on your level of technical expertise, you might have questions before, during and after the upgrade installation process. And before you start upgrading it’s always a good idea to know how to get help in case something goes wrong in the middle of the process, especially when your computer is likely unavailable. Check to see if your question has already been answered in the Windows Community Forum, or post a new question. If you need help installing Windows 10 when it’s available on July 29, 2015, Microsoft will offer phone and chat support to make sure that you get up and running smoothly.

*Bonus Tip – Get Windows 10 while its free!

To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability. After that, you’ll have to purchase it.

Whether you’re an Xbox gamer looking forward to using the Xbox app on Windows 10 to extend your console’s capability or a PC gamer excited to see how the latest installment of Windows enhances your gaming experience, it’s going to be an exciting time. Stay tuned for more news and updates as we gear up for the biggest Windows launch ever.

Important Links:

Windows 10 Blog

Windows 10 FAQ

Xbox on Windows 10

Xbox Wire

Content: World of Tanks
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Game Description: Take command of history’s most powerful tanks and experience the intensity of tank combat on console like never before. World of Tanks is cross-play enabled so you can voice chat and coordinate with your teammates and compete against players worldwide across both Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms. World of Tanks is free to download on Xbox Live, providing unlimited gameplay for Xbox Live Gold members and a 7-day trial for Xbox Live account holders.

Pre-download Bundle (FREE): Show your enthusiasm for World of Tanks by grabbing a free T1E6-X1 unique U.S. light tank with Xbox One Founder Emblem. It’s only available BEFORE the release of World of Tanks for Xbox One. Download now to claim your tank and be ready for battle on July 28!

Pre-order the Vanguard Pack: Bundle features the rare AMX Chaffee French light tank, special Xbox One Founder Emblem, 100% Trained Crew, 36 Prf. 1930 Shells, 8 Frt.Prf. 1944 Shells, 1 Garage Slot, 7 Days of Premium and player-selectable AMX Chaffee Ace Operation.

Pre-order the Assault Pack: Bundle Includes the rare prototype T95E2 tank, Xbox One Founder Emblem, 30 Days of Premium Account, and player selectable T95E2 Ace Operation.

Pre-order the Battalion Pack: Bundle comes with Xbox One Founder Emblem on included tanks, American Tier III MTLS-1G14, American Tier VIII T95E2, French Tier VI F224 AMX Chaffee, 500,000 Silver, 30 Days of Premium Account, Player selectable Operations (Op MTLS Ace, Op T95E2 Ace and Op AMX Chaffee Ace).

Pre-Download World of Tanks for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Wargaming.net
Publisher: Wargaming.net
Website: World of Tanks
Twitter: @WoTXbox

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 27 July 2015.

    

Xbox One Deals
Content Title Content Type Discount
Forza Horizon 2 and Forza Motorsport 5 Bundle* Xbox One Game 35%
Forza Motorsport 5 Car Pass* Add-On 50%
Infinity Runner* Xbox One Game 50%
TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT* Xbox One Game 10%
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Premium Edition Xbox One Game 33%
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Imperial Edition Xbox One Game 33%
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited Xbox One Game 33%
The Evil Within Season Pass Add-On 33%
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Xbox One Game 25%
DARK SOULS II: Scholar of the First Sin Xbox One Game 33-40%
Dragon Ball Xenoverse Xbox One Game 25-33%
Dragon Ball Xenoverse + Season Pass Xbox One Game 25-33%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region.

*These Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members only.

          

Xbox 360 Deals
Content Title Content Type Discount
Max Payne 3* Games On Demand 75%
L.A. Noire* Games On Demand 75%
Red Dead Redemption* Games On Demand 75%
Midnight Club: LA* Games On Demand 75%
Bully Scholarship Ed.* Games On Demand 75%
Forza Horizon* Games On Demand 50%
Forza Horizon Season Pass* Add-On 75%
Evil Within Season Pass Add-On 33%
Doom II Arcade 50%
Doom Arcade 50%
Quake Arena Arcade Arcade 50%
Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall Add-On 50%
Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches Add-On 50%
Fallout 3: Operation Anchorage Add-On 50%
Fallout 3: Broken Steel Add-On 50%
Fallout: New Vegas – Gun Runners Arsenal Add-On 50%
COD: Black Ops – First Strike Add-On 25%
COD: Black Ops – Escalation Add-On 25%
COD: Black Ops – Annihilation Add-On 25%
COD: Black Ops – Rezurrection Add-On 25%
COD: Black Ops II Season Pass Add-On 33%
Ace Combat – Assault Horizon Games On Demand 67-75%
Armored Core – Verdict Day Games On Demand 60-66%
Beautiful Katamari Games On Demand 67-75%
Dark Souls Games On Demand 67-75%
Dark Souls II Games On Demand 40-50%
Digimon All-Star Rumble Games On Demand 45-55%
Dragon Ball Xenoverse (DBX) Games On Demand 25-33%
Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z Games On Demand 45-55%
Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection Games On Demand 60-67%
Dragon Ball Z Ultimate Tenkaichi Games On Demand 60-67%
Enslaved Games On Demand 67-75%
Eternal Sonata Games On Demand 60-66%
Galaga Legions DX Games On Demand 60-66%
MotoGP 14 Games On Demand 60-66%
MXGP Games On Demand 60-66%
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution Games On Demand 40-50%
PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX+ Games On Demand 60-66%
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures Games On Demand 67-75%
PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 Games On Demand 40-50%
PAC-MAN Museum Games On Demand 67-75%
Ridge Racer Unbounded Games On Demand 75-80%
Soulcalibur II HD Online Arcade 67-75%
Soulcalibur V Games on Demand 67-75%
Star Trek Games On Demand 67-75%
Tales of Vesperia Games On Demand 67-75%
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Games On Demand 67-75%
Xevious Games On Demand 33-40%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. 

*These Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members only.

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F1 2015 is Now Available for Xbox One

Content: F1 2015
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Game Description: F1 2015 puts you in the heart of the action with a new game engine that recreates the fast and highly responsive racing cars of FORMULA ONE and features all-new ‘broadcast presentation’ that immerses you in the unique race day atmosphere. Compete as your favorite FORMULA ONE star in the new Championship Season and push yourself to the limit in the challenging Pro Season mode. Hone your skills in the new Online Practice Session, and then challenge your friends and racing rivals from across the world in Online Multiplayer.

Purchase F1 2015 for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Codemasters
Publisher: Codemasters
Website: F1 2015
Twitter: @Formula1game

Content: TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT
Check price and availability in your Xbox LIVE region

Game Description: Shell City is plunged into a state of emergency after coming under attack from the devastating forces of PHANTOM. As the National Army struggle to contain the terrifying war machines, they call upon the only thing that stands between Shell City’s obliteration and its salvation; the peanut chompin’, villain stompin’, TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT!

Xbox Live Gold Members save 10% – Limited Time offer. 

Visit the store page to download the free trial.

Purchase TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: GAME FREAK inc.
Publisher: SEGA Europe Ltd
Website: TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT
Twitter: @SEGA

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Football fans, rejoice: The Xbox One bundle you’ve been waiting for is here, just in time for football season. Featuring an Xbox One console with a 1TB hard drive, giving you tons of space for games, a full download of Madden NFL 16 to play when the game launches on Aug. 25, plus a one-year subscription to EA Access, the Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle is built for sports fans.

If you’re a fan of any EA game, the Xbox One Madden NFL 16 bundle with one year of EA Access is a dream come true. On top of access to The Vault, a collection of awesome EA titles that are free to play anytime, and saving 10 percent on all EA digital purchases, EA Access gives members the chance play upcoming EA games on Xbox One for a limited time before their release and the ability to keep your progress if you decide to purchase the game.  That’s right, with EA Access, you can take Madden NFL 16 for a spin beginning on Aug. 20 before the full game launches on Aug. 25 only on Xbox One.

And don’t forget, Xbox One is the official game console of the NFL, so you can enjoy the NFL experience with the NFL on Xbox One app, and the ability to watch games right from your console.

Available for $399 USD, you can pre-order the Xbox One Madden NFL 16 Bundle at participating retailers now. The bundle hits stores Aug. 18, a week ahead of the full game’s launch on Aug. 25. Let’s get ready for some football!

Pre-order the Xbox One Madden NFL 16 1TB Bundle from Amazon

Pre-order the Xbox One Madden NFL 16 1TB Bundle from the Microsoft Store

We’re just days away from the launch of Windows 10 and we couldn’t be more excited to share that starting today, game streaming is being enabled for all Xbox One owners with a Windows 10 PC or tablet! Also, as part of our effort to bring Xbox Live and some of the most popular Xbox experiences to Windows 10, we’re rolling out new and improved features on the Xbox App on Windows 10 over the next few days that will give you better access to your gaming world across devices.

Game Streaming from Xbox One

We’re taking the game streaming function on Xbox One, as announced last month, out of preview and expanding it to everyone who owns an Xbox One and has a PC or tablet with Windows 10. This means you can play the great library of games you’ve built for Xbox One on your Windows 10 PCs when you’re not in front of your console. To get started, on your Xbox One console, go to Settings > Preferences > Allow game streaming to other devices and then install the latest version of the Xbox app on your Windows 10 PC or tablet.

In the Xbox app on Windows 10, select Connect > + Add a device from the menu on the left side of the app, then select your Xbox One console. Attach a wired Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller to your Windows 10 PC or tablet. Then, go to Home > Recently Played to select an Xbox One game and then select Play from Console to start your streaming session. Another way to do this is to simply select your Xbox One console under Home > Game Streaming in the Xbox app to take full control of your Xbox One console from your Windows 10 PC. A notification will appear on your Xbox One that a game streaming session was started by a specific user. During game streaming, the Xbox One console will appear “in use” as though the person streaming was in the room.

Xbox App on Windows 10

We’re ramping up more gaming and social features on the Xbox App on Window 10, too, giving you more and better ways to access your gaming world and connect with your friends and the Xbox Live community. New features available in the July release of the Xbox app include:

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-Party Chat – Above the Friends list is a new option labeled Start a party (beta). This enables you to start a party chat or game chat with your Xbox friends across Xbox One and Xbox on Windows 10. Press ‘+’ to invite friends, and simply click on your friends to invite them to an online party.

-My Games – The app will support automated discovery of Windows Store games and a large number of older non-Windows store PC games so they get added automatically to your game collection within the Xbox app upon first launch. If a game is not automatically added, you can manually add it to your collection by selecting My games > Add a game from your PC. The Xbox team will continue to add non-Windows store games to a service-side list, so that automated discovery will improve over time.

-Home – We updated Home to enable easy access to Game streaming and allow quick launch of a game from the Recently played Also, there is an updated Featured games section on the home screen below your recently played list, which lets you discover and install new and popular games available from the Windows store.

-Profile – You can choose to use your Avatar or gamerpic to be displayed to your Friends. Additionally, you can easily customize your Avatar, change your gamertag, gamerpic, and user color, and update your name sharing settings in one place under Customize.

-Share with your friends – Coming in the July release, you can upload your local game clips and screenshots for Windows store games to your shared collection on Xbox Live. Go to Game DVR > On this PC > Share to upload your local clips and screenshots and have them appear on your Activity Feed. You can capture game clips and screenshots for non-Windows Store games and access them via Game DVR > On this PC > Open folder.

-Xbox Avatars – We are updating the Avatars app, so you can use the “Take a photo” feature and save a specific Avatar photo as your gamerpic. There are several ideas on Xbox Feedback that inspired this change, but this idea with over 2,100 votes and the various comments from fans drove the team to deliver this as a new feature this month. Time to head to the Avatar photo booth, select a post or a frame of animation, select a background, and select Picture size > gamepic. Then click the camera icon, and select Save as gamerpic to make your new pic visible across Xbox on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One.

-Day One Experience – For PC owners that are new to the Xbox ecosystem, we are adding a feature to the Xbox app to help you create a new account, get a gamertag, and then land in a basic user experience that helps you get started finding games, earning achievements and using your activity feed.

You will need to be running the latest build of the Windows 10 on your PC, then the Xbox app on Windows 10 should automatically update to the new version when it becomes available in the Windows Store. Once you receive the update, your version number should be 7.7.16004.00000 or higher. You can verify the version number of the Xbox app on Windows 10 under Settings.

The general availability of Windows 10 is Wednesday, July 29, starting with Windows Insider Program users and expanding from there. We look forward to sharing more exciting Xbox news with you at gamescom in early August. Please keep sharing your ideas at Xbox Feedback.

This Week On Xbox – July 17th, 2015

Here we go…the latest episode of This Week On Xbox.

Remember, you can watch the interactive version of This Week on Xbox from the “What’s On” tab of the Xbox dashboard in Canada, the UK and the US or at the Xbox YouTube channel (This Week on Xbox Playlist).

Leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think of the show.

Camilla Luddington at San Diego Comic Con

Note: This interview is best experienced while listening with headphones.

Download the latest episode to your computer or preferred device.

  • Duration (approx): 00:14:22
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The Hosts
Larry Hyrb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson Host Xbox Live Twitter
The Guests
Camilla Luddington Voice of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider & Rise of the Tomb Raider
Mention Links
Camilla Luddington Wikipedia