Microsoft creates Windows 10 licensing frenzy

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I also believe those currently on the insider programme upgrading to the RTM version of Windows 10, need to remain on the insider programme if the licence isn't transferred over from Windows 7 or 8.1. The insider programme is reported to continue after Windows 10 release for the ongoing changes that Microsoft plan to implement in the Windows 10 service (that is, the ongoing updates) model.
This. It's rather simple - Insiders continue as is, receiving new beta builds...just one of those builds will be RTM, with a limited duration license, as Insiders are expected to upgrade to the next beta build that will come post Win10 launch. While a free Win10 final license would be wonderful, MS has no obligation to provide one. I'll probably remain in the Insider program and duel boot with 8.
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This. It's rather simple - Insiders continue as is, receiving new beta builds...just one of those builds will be RTM, with a limited duration license, as Insiders are expected to upgrade to the next beta build that will come post Win10 launch. While a free Win10 final license would be wonderful, MS has no obligation to provide one. I'll probably remain in the Insider program and duel boot with 8.
The initial blog stated exactly what you say Microsoft has no obligation to do. It was later corrected. Where does this simple information come from because I'd like to read it from Microsoft about limited duration etc.
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I think it will simply ask us to fill in our Windows 7/8/8.1 serial number. At least I hope so.
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I think it will simply ask us to fill in our Windows 7/8/8.1 serial number. At least I hope so.
The topic is about Insiders getting Windows 10 for free. Nothing to do with legitimate Windows 7/8/8.1 users getting it.
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As other have already mentioned, RTM builds will only remain activated while still participating in the insider program.
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As other have already mentioned, RTM builds will only remain activated while still participating in the insider program.
This. However, if Insiders want to leave the Insider Program and convert to Final, there is NO OPTION to simply enter a key and leave the Insider Program. Microsoft is once again (did this for 7/8) having us lolformat to 7/8.1, Windows Update, download upgrade ISO, upgrade to Win10, then format AGAIN for a clean install. Source: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/06/19/upcoming-changes-to-windows-10-insider-preview-builds/ *shakes head*
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Old news, Microsoft already said that some time ago but probably didn't state it clear enough. You need either a Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10 license to run Windows 10 RTM without participating in continuous testing.
Microsoft says that if your system was upgraded from a genuine install, you will then have an activated copy of Windows 10, if not, you will be required to roll-back to the previous OS or acquire a new Windows 10 license. The company clearly says that this is not a path for a free upgrade from Windows XP or Vista which means you should not be surprised if you thought this loophole would get around buying a new license.
As for insiders, they only have a license for preview builds, so when the last available Windows 10 preview expires they need to roll back or upgrade via the usual path to have an OS running, Microsoft keeps pushing previews out though, so there should be no issue as long as they keep doing that. Insiders need a valid OS license to stay Windows 10 RTM if they don't want the future builds pushed out for testing.
If you want to stay in the program, there is nothing that you will need to do. Each version of Windows 10 in the Insider program comes with a pre-release key that will keep your install activated. Microsoft does say that each preview build will expire after an unspecified length of time but you will have received a new build before the old build expires.
Source:Neowin
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A lot of people are missing the confusion here. This is what the blog said originally.
Getting the final release on July 29th Windows Insiders running the Windows 10 Insider Preview (Home and Pro editions) with their registered MSA connected to their PC will receive the final release build of Windows 10 starting on July 29th. This will come as just another flight. I’ve gotten a lot of questions from Windows Insiders about how this will work if they clean installed from ISO. As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated. Once you have successfully installed this build and activated, you will also be able to clean install on that PC from final media if you want to start over fresh.
This part is key.
As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated.
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As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated.
But only if you stay in the Insider Program, which means you continue to run test versions of post RTM builds and patches.
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My PC at work got the icon asking for windows 10 thing (it currently has win7 home), my laptop also (win7 home also), but my gaming/pro computer (win7 ultimate) did not!!!! Anywone knows why? Thanks.
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My PC at work got the icon asking for windows 10 thing (it currently has win7 home), my laptop also (win7 home also), but my gaming/pro computer (win7 ultimate) did not!!!! Anywone knows why? Thanks.
If you're on a work domain, then group policy. If it hits one computer, it'll push it to all.
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Hilbert. maybe you can get a faster response than I can. Is there any way you can find out if the w10 activation is going to be tied to our Microsoft account or hardware I'd? If it's tied to our hardware I'd, that's going to create problems for people like me who change parts frequently.
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Hilbert. maybe you can get a faster response than I can. Is there any way you can find out if the w10 activation is going to be tied to our Microsoft account or hardware I'd? If it's tied to our hardware I'd, that's going to create problems for people like me who change parts frequently.
Microsoft account
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If you're on a work domain, then group policy. If it hits one computer, it'll push it to all.
I work for a very small company, and I manage all the computers on the network. They all have standard win7 home OEM, and they got the windows 10 update thing. Also my laptop. The problem is with my gaming computer, which has win7 ultimate. I had no windows 10 warning icon yet.
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I work for a very small company, and I manage all the computers on the network. They all have standard win7 home OEM, and they got the windows 10 update thing. Also my laptop. The problem is with my gaming computer, which has win7 ultimate. I had no windows 10 warning icon yet.
Probably just sent out in waves, or you might have a service disabled.
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I removed windows 10 preview and installed windows7 home x86 last week ready for upgrade time ................................ maybe I should put win 10 back on ........
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I removed windows 10 preview and installed windows7 home x86 last week ready for upgrade time ................................ maybe I should put win 10 back on ........
You'll be wanting a genuine 64bit 7 or 8.x installed for the RTM upgrade, or you'll end up stuck as a preview tester if you upgrade from 10 preview, or you'll end up with a 32bit Windows 10 RTM if you upgrade from Win 7 x86
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You'll be wanting a genuine 64bit 7 or 8.x installed for the RTM upgrade, or you'll end up stuck as a preview tester if you upgrade from 10 preview, or you'll end up with a 32bit Windows 10 RTM if you upgrade from Win 7 x86
main pc windows 8.1 Pro media edition x64 Office pc windows 8.1 pro X64 Main Laptop i7 windows 7 Home x64 Spare laptop Centrino Duo windows 7 X86 (used windows 10 preview on this) Dell D630 all genuine windows licenses so will upgrade all to windows 10.
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Ah right cool, thought you were running x86 win 7 on your current spec'd machine