Microsoft has confirmed that its Windows 10 for PCs and tablets is arriving on July 29th, and it will be free for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users in the first 12 months of release. Now German website WinFuture has learned from inside sources that the new operating system will also be available via USB flash drives, besides the usual DVDs. That’s a welcome move considering many desktop vendors have dropped CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drives from their systems.

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USB drive to make Windows 10 installation much easier

Many hybrid convertibles and ultrabooks come without DVD-ROM drives. Windows 10 on USB flash drives will allow even those users whose devices don’t have an optical drive to install the new OS.  It brings yet another benefit – both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 10 will be preloaded on the USB drive. So, you can choose which version you want while installing. If you go with the DVD version, you will have to make that decision at the time of purchase itself.

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Windows 10 will be available in two versions, Home and Pro, for those not eligible for the free upgrade. The Redmond-based software giant has confirmed to Neowin that Windows 10 Home will retail for $119 in the U.S., while the Pro version will set you back by $199. If Home users want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, they will have to shell out another $99. WinFuture reports that the price of Windows 10 on USB drives will be the same as the DVD or digital download versions.

Microsoft reveals Windows 10 price in the UK, Europe

Now Microsoft has started revealing the pricing for Windows 10 directly to customers via its Get Windows 10 app that lets you reserve a free copy of the new OS. In the UK, the Home version will cost £99.99, while it has been priced at €135 in European Union. The software giant has maintained that these are not final prices. However, the pricing is unlikely to change now that it has been officially revealed. Windows 10 Enterprise won’t be part of the free upgrade promotion.

Microsoft has clarified that Windows 10 free upgrade offer doesn’t apply to those using pirated copies of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.