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Windows 10 Available on July 29

  1. #161


    Quote Originally Posted by sandman View Post
    ... also wonder if this is leading up to our free version for being an insider...
    You don't get a "free version" for being an Insider.

    Everyone with a licensed version of Win7/8/8.1 gets a free "upgrade" to Win10. That has nothing whatsoever to do with being an Insider.

    If you stay with the Insider program after the 29th, you will continue to be able to use the "free version" of Win10 -- it will just continue to be updated periodically with new builds. But, it will eventually expire -- when the Insider program shuts down.

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  2. #162


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sandman View Post
    ... also wonder if this is leading up to our free version for being an insider...
    You don't get a "free version" for being an Insider.

    Everyone with a licensed version of Win7/8/8.1 gets a free "upgrade" to Win10. That has nothing whatsoever to do with being an Insider.

    If you stay with the Insider program after the 29th, you will continue to be able to use the "free version" of Win10 -- it will just continue to be updated periodically with new builds. But, it will eventually expire -- when the Insider program shuts down.
    If you leave the insider program, you are subject to the same conditions of the free upgrade as everybody else. You need a qualifying OS for the free upgrade. Windows 7 with sp1 or Windows 8.1. If you stay, you need to upgrade to each new build or activation will time out for the build your on.
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  3. #163


    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyGui View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyGui View Post
    Guys, I just received an email about what's going to happen on july the 29th when Windows 10 gets released.

    I've got one question and I'm sorry if this has been asked countless of times:

    Since I like reformatting my PC when a new Windows version is out, I was wondering if I'd be able to burn Windows 10 ISO on an USB disk, reformat my PC and then clean install Windows 10 from that USB disk WITHOUT installing Windows 8.1 first.

    Will this be possible? If so, will my Windows 8.1 key work on the Windows 10 key prompt?
    Gabe tweeted that clean installs will be allowed after you upgrade to Windows 10. What key you enter I don't know. My guess is you'll get a windows 10 key as part of the free upgrade.
    Ah, now that's relieving. So I'd have to upgrade first from Windows 8.1 to be able to do a clean reinstall of Windows 10 afterwards?
    How to turn your Windows 10 upgrade files into an ISO disk image | ZDNet

    P.S. -
    For clean install create the install media (DVD or Flash drive) and boot with it.
    (See ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File - Page 32 - Windows 10 Forums ).
    Last edited by hdmi; 25 Jul 2015 at 02:49.
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  4. #164


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    Win 8 Pro - 64Bit


    Forgive my lack of expertise but I have a question about upgrading which 'Insiders' may or may not have experience of.

    As part of the 'inplace' upgrade apparently there is/will be a 'rollback' option to get back to Win 8.1 during the first 30 days after upgrade.

    - Was this in the pre-release versions
    - Did anyone have access to use it (ie if you did an upgrade)
    - did it work well (for anyone who was able to try it).
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  5. #165


    Posts : 191
    Windows 8.1 (Update 1) Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by hdmi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyGui View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post

    Gabe tweeted that clean installs will be allowed after you upgrade to Windows 10. What key you enter I don't know. My guess is you'll get a windows 10 key as part of the free upgrade.
    Ah, now that's relieving. So I'd have to upgrade first from Windows 8.1 to be able to do a clean reinstall of Windows 10 afterwards?
    How to turn your Windows 10 upgrade files into an ISO disk image | ZDNet

    P.S. -
    For clean install create the install media (DVD or Flash drive) and boot with it.
    (See ESD to ISO - Create Bootable ISO from Windows 10 ESD File - Page 32 - Windows 10 Forums ).
    Thanks for the answer but what I understood from alphanumeric now is that Microsoft will officially release an ISO of Windows 10 so it won't be necessary I think to do all those steps in your given link.

    As long as it's possible to create a bootable USB disk with Windows 10 to reformat my PC and do a clean install with it, I'm happy.
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  6. #166


    My insider version is activated and has a key in the system with no expiration date so what does that mean it is my free copy of Windows 10 ready for thew updated officially release on July 29.
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  7. #167



    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by sandman View Post
    My insider version is activated and has a key in the system with no expiration date so what does that mean it is my free copy of Windows 10 ready for thew updated officially release on July 29.
    See this at Ten Forums: Frequently Asked Questions about the WIndows 10 Free upgrade - Windows 10 Forums
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  8. #168


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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


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  9. #169


    Mine under activations says Windows 10 Pro and under that windows is activated or change key
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  10. #170


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Okay, let's say that I have the Windows 8.1 installation disk. Let's say that, on this hardware, I updated my Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 for free with the upgrade. Now, let's say more than one year has passed and I uninstall Windows 10 and put Windows 8.1 back onto the computer. Would I ever be able to get Windows 10 back for free?
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