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Specific upgrade paths to get to all versions Windows 10

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    Specific upgrade paths to get to all versions Windows 10


    If you have a device with an older version of Windows or Windows Phone, Microsoft has now revealed more information on the specific upgrade paths that will available to get to Windows 10.

    The company first revealed the seven Windows 10 SKUs last week, and a new blog post on the Windows Australia Partner Network has more details on the upgrade paths for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, along with Windows Phone 8.1:

    • Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices in the first year. After the first year, upgrades will be paid via boxed product and VL Upgrades.
    • Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7 Home Basic and Home Premium devices upgrade to Windows 10 Home
    • Windows 8/8.1 Pro and Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate devices upgrade to Windows 10 Pro
    • If upgraded within the first 12 months following launch, the device will receive ongoing Windows 10 updates for free for the life of that device
    • Excludes Windows Enterprise and RT devices
    • The free Windows 10 upgrade is delivered through Windows Update; domain-joined machines can manually get the update via Windows Update. The upgrade cannot be deployed through WSUS.
    As previously announced, Microsoft's free upgrade to Windows 10 for Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users will only last a year after the OS officially launches. Microsoft has yet to reveal pricing for the full version of Windows 10. Surface and Surface 2 owners with Windows RT are supposed to get an update that will add some features of Windows 10, but specifics about that update have not been revealed.
    Read more: Here are the specific upgrade paths to get to all versions of Windows 10 | Windows Central

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    Thanks Brink!

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    Georgia
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    Windows 8.1


    Wait so let me get this straight:

    I have windows 8.1 so when the update comes I can update to Windows 10 but only for 12 months then I will have to pay for the OS?
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    Hello Brayden,

    No. You will have one year to make the upgrade to Windows 10 to Windows 8.1. If you miss the one year deadline, then you would have to pay for Windows 10.
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    I have a Windows Phone8.1 device, could I go and get it updated?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluesalt View Post
    I have a Windows Phone8.1 device, could I go and get it updated?
    Sure if you like, but the latest build is still a bit buggy. If this is an everyday usage phone, then you might stick with 8.1 for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bluesalt View Post
    I have a Windows Phone8.1 device, could I go and get it updated?
    Sure if you like, but the latest build is still a bit buggy. If this is an everyday usage phone, then you might stick with 8.1 for now.

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    No problem, I'll try it. Curiosity is a desease, which is just incurable on me. Thanks very much for sharing this info
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    You're welcome. Just be sure to create a backup first in case you may need to reset the phone back to 8.1 afterwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You're welcome. Just be sure to create a backup first in case you may need to reset the phone back to 8.1 afterwards.

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    Ok, I will. Thanks again
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    W10 x64 pro and W8.1 x86


    So does this mean that an upgrade route via Windows Update is the only 'free' option on offer and that a clean install using a valid 7/8/8.1 licence will not be possible ?
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