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Win 8.1 upgrade to 10

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    Win 8.1 upgrade to 10


    Several links and articles all point to a 'free' windows 10 upgrade to everything on Win 7 and over.

    I was curious. So I downloaded what I was told would be the means of installing win 10, an ISO file and I also downloaded something (8gb) called a Technical preview but was linked at Win 10 free. There is also a Win 10 beta out. BUT, Win 10 is not due till late this year, so I tried it anyway, on my laptop to save any potential hazard to my desktop tower.

    It downloaded and began installation, then after installation it said that it could not be run and my laptop was being restored to previous, and it did, successfully.

    What do you guys know about win 10 free upgrade and does it actually 'exist' yet?

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    There is only the Technical Preview/Insider Preview, no beta.

    See here: New Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10074 now available for where to download the latest version. I have it running in a Virtual Machine via Oracle VirtualBox under Windows 8.1 Pro X64 and on a Dell 15R laptop.

    Still some bugs but it's getting better.

    Edit: Current info says end of July for RTM (Release To Manufacturing) so it should be available some time in early August, but nothing definite yet.

    Check out the windows 10 forums on tenforums.com
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    Thank you, coincidentally, just had a follow up call from tech who came down line and sorted out some upgrades, I mentioned this and he said dont - as you said tech prev only. I have decided not to be tempted and to wait for offer in due course from MS as I am a user who gets updates from them.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    If you want to familiarize yourself with Windows 10, I suggest you run it in a virtual partition. That does not really impact your curren system. I have made a tutorial that shows you how to install and operate that. See here.
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    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    If you want to familiarize yourself with Windows 10, I suggest you run it in a virtual partition. That does not really impact your curren system. I have made a tutorial that shows you how to install and operate that. See here.
    Nice one
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    whs, smart idea, but decided I'll wait after advice. There is after all, no rush.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I guess that's OK when you are not in a hurry.
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  8. #8


    thanks for your help anyway, appreciated
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