Windows 10 upgrade to be 'free' for one year

January 21, 2015 at 10:17:47
Specs: Windows 8.1, I7 4770K / 8gb DDR3
Just recieved this on my newsfeed
Windows 10 upgrade to be 'free' for one year - BBC news

In my opinion this is fantastic news, as most of my devices are running windows 7/8.1 which should be eligable for a free upgrade.

I have been toying around with windows 10 in a virtual machine and have found it's performance very good for a technical preview, have to wait and see what the finished product will be like.

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January 21, 2015 at 14:48:48
Thanks for the heads up. Unfortunately the BBC news left out the fine print shown on Windows 10 page on Microsoft's site here.

“It is our intent that most of these devices will qualify, but some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. ISP fees may apply. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 Enterprise outside of this offer. We will be sharing more information and additional offer terms in coming months.”

Also quoted is the need to sign up for email for the upgrade offer using your Microsoft account.


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January 21, 2015 at 15:14:26
Thanks for the link - I am not sure if you need the email for the upgrade, it is simply to provide more information in the coming months (although it would not suprise me if they did make it a requirement considering how tightly windows live ID is integrated to windows 8x).

Whilst I am not complaining, I am suprised that microsoft are offering this free upgrade to windows 7 users, considering that it has just recently entered extended support.

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January 21, 2015 at 15:35:59
In the past, upgrading from one OS to another has often produced bad results, compared to a clean install. The way MS seem to be lately with their buggy Windows Updates I feel this upgrade could be an even greater disaster. Even though I'm on Win 8.1 I shall still watch proceedings like a hawk for about six months before I contemplate it further. I've avoided signing onto MS like the plague and still have no reason to do so. I like it that way, not being one to sign up for anything unless I really need to.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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January 21, 2015 at 16:56:05
Hopefully by "upgrade" there will be an option to erase and clean install like most windows upgrade media have allowed so far.

If they don't allow that I will probably clean install the previous version then upgrade just to try and keep it as smooth as possible.

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January 21, 2015 at 23:00:25
There always has to be a way to do a clean install (at worst the two-stage process you describe). From what has happened so far with Windows 10 it doesn't seem to be a problem.

As for having to sign in to Microsoft to qualify for the upgrade, I have no problem with that. I expect to pay some price for the benefit of getting free upgrades for life. It's probably a lot less harmful than having to have all your details recorded by Government in order to obtain some benefits. (E.g., I need a passport to travel abroad - the people who issue that passport have a huge amount of my personal information - far more than Microsoft do - and I'm not sure that I trust them any more than I do Microsoft.)

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