When I purchased my new computer a little over a year ago, I wanted to get Widows 8 Professional, but was told that I couldn't buy it outright, I could only lease it.
Now I see Windows 10 Professional FOR SALE! Will I buy it? I don't know -BUT - If Windows 8 Professional had been on my computer, my free upgrade would have been to Windows 10 Professional, so I feel a bit cheated.
Join Date : Aug 2015
Posts : 393
10 pro 64 clean install
Maybe you were misinformed . You can't own windows but rather pay to use it with a license and that's what you're paying a license fees to use windows . So when you buy a copy of windows whether its windows xp or 7 or 8 or even 10 you get a software copy with a license to use it . Though you could of bought a copy of windows 8 pro software ( License )
Do you still have a Windows 8 Pro product key? I have a product key that allows me to upgrade Windows 8 Home to Pro. So what I had to do was install Windows 8 Home. Upgrade that Pro using the product key I have. Then do an in place upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. That gave me the digital entitlement for Windows 10 Pro which I could then re-install whenever I wanted.
As NavyLCDR wrote, If you have a Windows 8 key, you can use it to activate Windows 10 for free.
If you have Windows 8 installed already, you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
If you do not have Win8 installed and do not have a key, then there is no way around it - you'll have to buy Windows 10.
(it is not actually free officially, they just "choose to offer it for free" to select customers who have previous Windows).
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