Windows 10: Any word what happens after the year is up? Solved

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  1.    01 Sep 2015 #1

    Any word what happens after the year is up?


    For those of us who got the free upgrade to Windows 10 Home and/or Pro, has Microsoft released any details at all on what's going to happen with our upgrade keys? Are we going to be forced to go out and purchase a retail copy? Honestly, we shouldn't have to. . They did say the upgrade was "free". . lol
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  2.    01 Sep 2015 #2

    It is free on your PC, as long as it lasts.
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       01 Sep 2015 #3

    No, far as i know it, it will still be free, believe others have a year to get it is all.
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  4.    01 Sep 2015 #4

    That's good to know. I hope Microsoft keeps it that way.......... I just upgraded from Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Pro, downloaded Belarc Advisor and wrote down the Windows 10 Pro serial #. . . Here's the funny thing. . I'm not going to post the full serial code in here, but the last 5 characters of the key it gave me was 3V66T. .. The entire Windows Pro 10 key that i see in Belarc Advisor matches the one that is floating around the internet. You can figure it out if ya search hard enough. . . .Is Microsoft only using ONE key for everyone? LOL. . I'm wondering if eventually the key will be blacklisted?
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  5.    01 Sep 2015 #5

    ukcatsfan83 said: View Post
    That's good to know. I hope Microsoft keeps it that way.......... I just upgraded from Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Pro, downloaded Belarc Advisor and wrote down the Windows 10 Pro serial #. . . Here's the funny thing. . I'm not going to post the full serial code in here, but the last 5 characters of the key it gave me was 3V66T. .. The entire Windows Pro 10 key that i see in Belarc Advisor matches the one that is floating around the internet. You can figure it out if ya search hard enough. . . .Is Microsoft only using ONE key for everyone? LOL. . I'm wondering if eventually the key will be blacklisted?
    Err yes they are, depending on version. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/how-get-win...vation-1514845
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  6.    01 Sep 2015 #6

    ukcatsfan83 said: View Post
    That's good to know. I hope Microsoft keeps it that way.......... I just upgraded from Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Pro, downloaded Belarc Advisor and wrote down the Windows 10 Pro serial...
    Then, sorry to say, you wasted your time. The free Windows 10 Upgrade does not use product keys to activate; instead, it uses hardware hashes. And, MS has never said anything about activation expiring down the road; instead, they have said that the activation is good for the "life of the device".
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       01 Sep 2015 #7

    ukcatsfan83 said: View Post
    For those of us who got the free upgrade to Windows 10 Home and/or Pro, has Microsoft released any details at all on what's going to happen with our upgrade keys? Are we going to be forced to go out and purchase a retail copy? Honestly, we shouldn't have to. . They did say the upgrade was "free". . lol
    FYI
    If you have upgraded a retail license of Win7 or Win8 to Win10 the license cannot transferred to another device after July 29 2016. It will be considered a preinstalled license from that date and will be tied to the device.

    You would however be able to remove Win10 and revert back to the original Win7 or Win8 retail license. The original Win7 or Win8 retail license will no longer be eligible for the free promotional upgrade. If you subsequently wanted to use Win10 you would then have to buy a new Win10 license (either standalone or preinstalled)
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  8.    01 Sep 2015 #8

    Are you sure about not being eligible for the promotional update. I updated Windows 8.1 Pro then tried to do clean install. Needless to say it didn't work. Waited over a week for activation which never happened. Had to format HDD and reinstall Win 8.1 and update that back to Win 10. All went fine and was activated again.
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       01 Sep 2015 #9

    WhyMe said: View Post
    FYI
    If you have upgraded a retail license of Win7 or Win8 to Win10 the license cannot transferred to another device after July 29 2016. It will be considered a preinstalled license from that date and will be tied to the device.

    You would however be able to remove Win10 and revert back to the original Win7 or Win8 retail license. The original Win7 or Win8 retail license will no longer be eligible for the free promotional upgrade. If you subsequently wanted to use Win10 you would then have to buy a new Win10 license (either standalone or preinstalled)

    Actually, Microsoft says windows 10 will retain the retail transfers right if upgrade from windows 7 or 8.1 retail version. It never said the transferable rights will expire on July 29, 2016. The debate is how to go about doing that.
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       01 Sep 2015 #10

    groze said: View Post
    Actually, Microsoft says windows 10 will retain the retail transfers right if upgrade from windows 7 or 8.1 retail version. It never said the transferable rights will expire on July 29, 2016. The debate is how to go about doing that.
    What is your source please as your comment is not consistent with their policy as presented to me by their Global HQ during conversations just two weeks ago
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