Microsoft's big decision: Who gets a free upgrade to Win10

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  1. BRU
    bru Win User

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  2. Michael Irwin 769 Win User

    The End of Windows 10 Free Upgrade

    Well, the end has come for the year long free upgrade offer to Windows 10. Thankfully, I've made that

    decision and can now enjoy that free promise while that offer was being made! For those who declined

    the Windows 10 free upgrade, I still respect that decision for the ones who opted out. Nothing else to say

    on the subject, but thank you, Microsoft for the free opportunity to experience a whole new Windows

    unlike any other! Cheers!!! ;)
     
    Michael Irwin 769, Jan 5, 2015
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  3. Sunsteal Win User
    If I do the Win8.1 -> Win10 upgrade, and 2 years from now do a factory reset, what will happen?

    No one seems to have answered this for you so I will.

    When you do an inplace upgrade from Win7 or 8 to the free Win10 you'll see you don't need a serial key. That's because from an inplace upgrade Win10 contacts Microsoft and registers your hardware with them. Microsoft then automatically activates your
    Win10 install on that computer/hardware.

    At that stage you are then able to do a clean install of Win10 at anytime (Even after the year) on that computer/hardware as Win10 will contact Microsoft who will look at your hardware and see its registered (from when you did the in place upgrade)
    and activate it again.

    But if your 1st install of Win10 is as a clean install then that will never be activated (unless you purchase a copy of Win10 with a serial number).

    This is a good system but has the drawback that in this 1st year Win10 is only free on that computer.

    If you get a new computer this summer, within the year period for free Win10, then simply make a clone of your computer (uncase something goes wrong), do an in place upgrade to Win10 so it gets registered/activated and you can then roll back to whatever
    you had on the computer and then at anytime in the future install Win10 and it'll be activated. Do the upgrade after that year on a computer that was never upgraded to Win10 and you'll have to pay.
     
    Sunsteal, Jan 5, 2015
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  4. ThrashZone Win User

    Microsoft's big decision: Who gets a free upgrade to Win10

    I doubt anyone will get free upgrades possibly testers but that's a long shot,

    I don't see any reason why Microsoft would do anything different from when 8 was released it was reasonably priced but just was worth that much *Tongue
    Upgrades 14.95 and went up after that,
    Can't remember what iso's went for 49.99 ..to current pricing ?
     
    ThrashZone, Jan 5, 2015
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  5. Ztruker Win User
    I bought two copies of Windows 8 Pro for $40 each, wish I had bought more. W10 for that initial price would be great.
     
    Ztruker, Jan 5, 2015
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  6. WHS
    whs Win User
    *Ditto
     
  7. ThrashZone Win User
    Yep I thought it was 40 something but it's too early to say if I would do that/ probably :/
     
    ThrashZone, Jan 5, 2015
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  8. Trust_No1 Win User

    Microsoft's big decision: Who gets a free upgrade to Win10

    I just don't see Windows 10 as being a big seller, no matter what they do. In the past 4 years most people who bought new systems, tablets and laptops, have done so. I see no reason for myself to get Windows 10. Tablet wise Windows hasn't proven to be all that worth while.

    So that leaves only new PC buyers. I think forcing many off XP, the best candidates for a new PC, those have already done it, and they are not going to run right out and get a new OS.

    Given that scenario, if Microsoft wants to get people to use the Windows 10, I think it will have to be almost dirt cheap. Unless, the Consumer Preview really WOW's me. I doubt I would even bother. I don't see anything in TP, that would make me switch.
     
    Trust_No1, Jan 5, 2015
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  9. Mystere Win User
    Yes, because nobody buys new computers. Nobody gets computers for the first time (think how each year all those students going off to college get new computers). Every year companies replace old systems (3-5 years) that have depreciated with new ones so they get the tax write-offs.

    And, of course there are people that just have to have the latest technology, like the new 5th generation core processors, or they come out with a new must have mobile device because of its unique capabilities or cool look.

    People buy stuff all the time, and that's not going to change.
     
    Mystere, Jan 5, 2015
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  10. ThrashZone Win User
    I would hope it will do better than 8 has done
    But I agree not anything I would replace 7 for
    Bing on the start menu search is anticlimactic for me it just grosses me out completely,
    I went a long time avoiding Bing desktop search in 7 lol and 8 and 10 it's super glued *Biggrin
     
    ThrashZone, Jan 5, 2015
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  11. Trust_No1 Win User
    Yes, because nobody buys new computers. Nobody gets computers for the first time (think how each year all those students going off to college get new computers). Every year companies replace old systems (3-5 years) that have depreciated with new ones so they get the tax write-offs.

    And, of course there are people that just have to have the latest technology, like the new 5th generation core processors, or they come out with a new must have mobile device because of its unique capabilities or cool look.

    People buy stuff all the time, and that's not going to change. All I can respond to that with, is that hardware differs from software. I agree people buy new systems all the time, doesn't mean they will be Windows 10. As a comparison, Apples iOS8 was a free upgrade to all, and came pre-installed on the new iPhones.

    I may buy a new bed, but will use my same sheets and pillows.

    That is why I think Microsoft will have to offer Windows 10 at a very, very affordable price, or people simply won't buy it. That is my opinion, you believe as you wish.
     
    Trust_No1, Jan 5, 2015
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  12. adamf Win User
    Not if you get a bed from Ikea though - the standard size sheets won't fit as I found out to my cost. Anyway this analogy would be better if the bed came with sheets but you decided to keep using the old ones. Or something like that *Smile

    Like Ztrucker I'll get a couple if I can. I only got one cheap upgrade to 8 - should have got more.
     
    adamf, Jan 5, 2015
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  13. jimbo45 Win User

    Microsoft's big decision: Who gets a free upgrade to Win10

    Hi there

    the ONE thing that has really made me want to go to W10 from W7 is the STORAGE SPACES. I use these a lot in W8.1 already and when corporate apps will run on W10 (SAPGUI and the like) I won't have any problem in switching.

    W8.1 isn't too bad but it's still not suitable IMO for a workplace replacement for W7 -- W10 most definitely CAN (and IMO should be) -- built in security, ISO mount, better Touch screen handling and mobile integration and above all Storage spaces.

    W7 was a great OS but it's worth it upgrading (providing the cost isn't too much).

    Cheers
    jimbo
     
    jimbo45, Jan 5, 2015
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  14. CountMike New Member
    It would be only fair for us early adopters to get it free but looking at past MS record seems highly improbable !!! Every Windows (excluding Vista) I had since alpha version and still had to buy each one. A little hope gives recent heavy discount for upgrade to W8 for some and for a short time only.
    Dear M$, there's one little step you can make now !!! That could gather a lot of fans that way.
     
    CountMike, Jan 6, 2015
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  15. Joan Archer Win User
    If there's a good deal on it I'll buy it. When 7 came out I got the pre-order deal and was very pleased. I got 8 with a new laptop and upgraded it to 8.1 and I like it have no real complaints. I run the 10 preview in a VM and like it as well, although running in a VM on this Notebook does throw a bit more heat out.
     
    Joan Archer, Jan 6, 2015
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