Wednesday, January 21st 2015

Windows 10 to be Free Upgrade for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 Users

In what could be a fundamental shift in how Microsoft monetizes its flagship product, the Windows operating system, the company decided to offer its upcoming Windows 10 as a free upgrade for existing users of Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. This offer will be applicable only for the first year following Windows 10 launch (after which, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users will have to pay to upgrade to Windows 10). Windows 10 will see the return of the Start Menu, a productive Desktop environment, and cutting-edge new API features such as DirectX 12.
Source: The Verge
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116 Comments on Windows 10 to be Free Upgrade for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 Users

#26
Octopuss
I can't believe my eyes. Why would they do that, and especially for Windows 7 licences?
I might as well get it then. I mean, I'd probably end up buying it anyway, but...
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#27
TRWOV
btarunr
This offer will be applicable only for the first year following Windows 10 launch (after which, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users will have to pay to upgrade to Windows 10).
Note that it says "pay to upgrade" not "pay to use".
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#28
Blue-Knight
btarunr
Windows 10 to be Free Upgrade for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 Users
Nice move, Microsoft! Or should I say trap!? :shadedshu:

It is like a chess game, you think you saw a nice move to play but if you think deeper... You will lose your queen, bishops, knights, rooks and you are owned. :confused:
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#29
nickbaldwin86
TRWOV
Note that it says "pay to upgrade" not "pay to use".
No pay for anything ... it is Free for a year.. meaning if you do it in the first year of release you get a full copy for free... never have to pay. If you don't upgrade in the first year then you have to pay.

Free!!!! dont be lazy and upgrade in the first year.

No subscription
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#30
CrAsHnBuRnXp
nickbaldwin86
No pay for anything ... it is Free for a year.. meaning if you do it in the first year of release you get a full copy for free... never have to pay. If you don't upgrade in the first year then you have to pay.

Free!!!! dont be lazy and upgrade in the first year.

No subscription
That's not how it's worded though.
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#31
thebluebumblebee
And even better: once a qualified Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it up to date for the supported lifetime of the device,
Not sure I like that.
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#32
Crap Daddy
thebluebumblebee
Not sure I like that.
Me neither.
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#33
Batou1986
looks like i will finally activate my windows 7 key
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#34
Bow
:nutkick:
Microsoft - Customer
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#35
Kronvict
It seems there's still confusion. It is very clear from this post "http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/01/21/the-next-generation-of-windows-windows-10/" that for the first year it's available, you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free if you have Windows 7 or 8. You will not pay for it. After that year is up, nothing will happen to your Windows 10 license. If you do not upgrade within that year, however, you will have to pay for an upgrade. The offer expires after a year, not the upgrade.
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#36
nickbaldwin86
Kronvict
It seems there's still confusion. It is very clear from this post "http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/01/21/the-next-generation-of-windows-windows-10/" that for the first year it's available, you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free if you have Windows 7 or 8. You will not pay for it. After that year is up, nothing will happen to your Windows 10 license. If you do not upgrade within that year, however, you will have to pay for an upgrade. The offer expires after a year, not the upgrade.
That is what I said above but I was trying to work it the way people are getting confused...

Instead of drawing a false conclusion and starting rumors people should read facts from Microsoft direct and not antimicrosoft.com
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#37
RealNeil
I'm using Win-10 Preview on a i5-4670K System. I like the way it works, it's real fast booting and it games well. Everything on the OS works without issues.

I'll probably upgrade some of my systems right away. I'll hang on to my Win-7 software in case there is a hang-up with Win-10 in the future.
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#38
Drone
I'm sure they stuff it with some spyware by NSA and give it away for free.

Ok I'm kidding lol, played Assassin's Creed too much *takes off tinfoil hat*
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#39
Tonduluboy
Based on info so far from the win10 preview, i will definitely upgrade to win 10 on my daily use desktop. While on my gaming desktop, will wait for around 6 -10 months before i upgrade. There will be less issue on drivers etc after few months of launching.
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#40
CAPSLOCKSTUCK
Spaced Out Lunar Tick
I might stick with 7 for now,
hated 8,
8.1 is better


Given their recent output/strategy ...............Windows 11 is probably not too far away.
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#41
Dave65
I am very happy to hear this, I have been using the tech preview for a while now and it is by far the best yet IMO..
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#42
manofthem
WCG-TPU Team All-Star!
This all sound exciting to me! Heck, got 8 for $15, and now 10 for $0. I'll take it! :D
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#43
WhiteLotus
I like this news. Now when's it due to be released?
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#44
Arctucas
Beware of Geeks bearing gifts...
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#45
RejZoR
Just not for OEM users most likely. Which is what the majority of users have...
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#46
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
mroofie
Free for a year ?? vague much ? :0
Do we pay after the 1 year ??
WTF!! :0
I thought I made it idiot-proof by adding that sidenote in the brackets. I was wrong.

-> If you upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1/7 within the first year of Windows 10's launch, you can have it for free till the Sun runs out of hydrogen. You get an upgrade key, and you can use that even if you need to reinstall things 3 years later.

-> If you're trying to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1/7 after 1 year following Windows 10 launch, you pay for the upgrade.
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#47
Hood
Sony Xperia S
Service packs are free, consider Win10 a second service pack to Win8. :D



I wonder what is so special and good about it?
I'm trying it right now, and it looks and feels just like 8.1 (as far as I can tell). So the start button now opens a split-personality start menu, with Metro and Desktop sides - no help, I greatly prefer the full "old style" start menu offered by Classic Shell, which I can install and customize in about 30 seconds, and avoid the Metro interface altogether.
Debat0r
I wonder how they will monetize it then...? Ads in windows? :p
Making it free may be a brilliant move; all the anti-trust bullshit will disappear, and the money will be made by selling lots of $1.99 and $2.99 "Apps" and "games" to idiots who are too stupid or lazy to find the same for free...they're hoping to be just like Apple.
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#48
jboydgolfer
It seems clear to Me from the above content that any Windows 7 or Windows abortion.1 users will be able to upgrade for Free as Long as they do it within 365 Days of Launch,after which You'll need to pay for the upgrade.Seems to Me that they want as many people as they can get on the New build ASAP, to root out any problems that might be hiding waiting to strike unsuspecting yuppies :)

**Edit: @bt clarified it for the "confused" reader's.
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#49
TRWOV
MS surely is seeing less and less money from me:

- Bought W7 Ultimate retail on clearance for $65 several years ago
- Got 3 $15 upgrade keys (plus one gift)
And now I'd have 4 W10 keys.

But they got me hooked with Office 365 so we're even I guess :confused:
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#50
RealNeil
They make a hull of a lot more money on Office software than they do on Windows OSs. Office is the Cash Cow.
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