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must i have 8.1 installed in order to get Win. 10

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    must i have 8.1 installed in order to get Win. 10


    currently have Win 8 - i know i could update to 8.1 but is it a requirement to have 8.1 in place inorder to be able to download and install the new upcoming Win. 10 ... thanks in advance

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    Nope, you can upgrade from 7 and up.
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Actually - I do believe you must have 8.1 ( I seem to recall having read)
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Nope, you can upgrade from 7 and up.
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    Thank you for replying ...i'm also assuming that 'support' for Win 8 will end as it did for XP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
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    I hate to sound 'thick' but i tried to read and comprehend what was being said ...not sure i totally understood it all ...it mentioned updating for Win 7 & 8 users but didn't come out and say you must update first to 8.1, have it in place and 'then' you can install 10 .... unless i missed something ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by edythe View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Nope, you can upgrade from 7 and up.
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    Thank you for replying ...i'm also assuming that 'support' for Win 8 will end as it did for XP?
    End of support
    Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 January 9, 2018
    Windows lifecycle fact sheet - Windows Help
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    There are direct upgrade paths from 7, 8 and 8.1.
    Windows 10 Is Almost Here: Here

    As far as support for previous versions of the OS, XP was supported for a very long time.

    Here is the link that shows Vista will have support until April 11, 2017, Windows 7 has support until Jan 14, 2020 and Windows 8 has support until Jan 10, 2023.
    Windows lifecycle fact sheet - Windows Help
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fury8 View Post
    End of support
    Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 January 9, 2018
    Windows lifecycle fact sheet - Windows Help
    That is end of maintstream support. Meaning that after that date, Microsoft won't be adding in any new features into the OS. This page describes the differences between mainstream and extended support: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/gp/lifepolicy

    Extended support is what most people consider "still supported" Microsoft will be releasing windows updates patches for security issues until Jan of 2023 for Windows 8
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    Quote Originally Posted by edythe View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
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    I hate to sound 'thick' but i tried to read and comprehend what was being said ...not sure i totally understood it all ...it mentioned updating for Win 7 & 8 users but didn't come out and say you must update first to 8.1, have it in place and 'then' you can install 10 .... unless i missed something ...
    Maybe this quote makes things clearer.
    If not, Google is very useful.---

    It’s official, folks: Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for existing Windows users—as long as you claim it quickly.Kicking off the consumer-focused Windows 10 event in Redmond on Tuesday, January 21, Microsoft operating system chief Terry Myerson announced that current users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to upgrade to the new operating system for free as long as they do so within one year of Windows 10's launch. Once you’ve claimed the upgrade, it's permanent, and Microsoft will keep you updated for the supported lifetime of the device.
    “We think of Windows 10 as a service,” Myerson said.
    UPDATE: Windows 10 will be available to download July 29, and existing Windows 7 and 8 users can "reserve" their copy today.
    Here's the fine print from the Windows 10 page on Microsoft's site:
    “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.”
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