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How do you get your free copy of Gears of War 4 on PC, anyway?

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It’s easy, once you get your logins sorted out

Listen, I’m going to be honest with you here. The last time I turned on my Xbox One was Christmas. That’s because I have A Christmas Story on there, and I needed to watch it on repeat for a week. As far as playing games on the thing, it’s been a while. I don’t even know what I did with that little headset dongle. Frankly, I’m surprised the thing even turned on last week when I set it to update.

But Gears of War 4 is here, and I’ve spent too much time with the franchise over the last decade to sit this one out.

Right as I bought the game, however, I was reminded of the new Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, which delivers certain games to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC with a single purchase. My $59.99 digital copy of Gears of War 4 also entitled me to a free copy of Gears of War 4 on PC.

So how in the name of Dom do you actually download it to your PC? Easy.

Thing one, you’ve got to have the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition update on your PC. It dropped on Aug. 2, and if you’ve got automatic updates turned on you should already have it. If not, type “Windows update” into your Start bar and click “Check for updates” under the settings heading.

Once you’ve updated Windows, go back to that Start bar and type in “Windows store.” Click on the first entry that pops up, and you’re inside the Windows app store proper.

You’ll need to log into the Windows Store with the same Microsoft account that you purchased Gears of War 4 with on your Xbox One. Search for Gears of War 4 and, once you reach its store page, you’ll have a button there that allows you to download it.

It says you’ll need about 80 GB of space, so while you’re waiting on that download why not check out our review. And bookmark our guide for later.