Only if the license is OEM. For Retail, they will retain their upgrade capability on new systems beyond the free year. Odah mentioned they did a fresh install of Win 8.1 on a new SSD, so I presumed they have a retail license.
Yes, but I was referring to replacing a mobo and still upgrading from a Win 7 / 8 license. Once the year passes, an OEM system that replaces its mobo won't be able to access the upgrade - or at least technically shouldn't be able to, as far as I understand. Contacting MS support might allow some people to do it.
On Mac OS X an easy install free upgrade remains an easy free upgrade!
Reverting back to Windows 8.1 Pro to enjoy my Windows applications/games and not to be constantly frustrated with this upgrade/activation issues, to put it very MILD!
I'll sit out the ride atm.
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I don't know, I'm more than happy to jump through a few extra hoops to save buying a new copy. Especially since you don't need to do multiple steps for reinstalling on the same machine. It's only in the rare case that you transfer a retail copy (1% of users or less in my estimation).
Clean install the new OS X, use Magration Assistance to port your stuff, reboot and get on with your work/play but most of all your life! This update thingy with MS is a real dealbraker for me atm!
I hope for better times!
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Whichever way you look at it, this whole upgrade/reinstallation procedure has caused confusion. This thread alone is good evidence of that! The more I think about it, the less inclined I am to take advatage of the free upgrade with the current hassles and restrictions. I've never done an upgrade installation of Windows in my life and don't wish to start now. I'd prefer to buy Windows 10 at a reduced price (as with Windows 8) and be done with it. If that option doesn't become available I'll probably stick with Windows 8.1 for the forseeable future.