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  1.    30 Sep 2015 #21
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    Nine Mile Falls WA
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    win 10 pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by tector View Post
    What do you mean it's free? You can have a free upgrade from Vista, Windows 7 and 8, but to get that you had to buy and own one of those three. If you don't have Windows and want to get you hands on the latest one, you need to buy one. Unless you're talking about pirating, in which case, yeah it's "free", I guess....

    the OP did not state what machine he upgrade the operating system be it from 7 or 8.1 ,so i assumed win 7 or 8.1 sorry but no i didn't mean pirating that is wrong and why would you even bring something like that up in a forum like this, and MS did give it out free for us users that qualified for it to be so.
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  2.    30 Sep 2015 #22
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    Widows 10/Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie View Post
    True Vista is not included in the free upgrade deal. You can buy a discounted 7 or 8 and then upgrade to 10.
    You're right, old age. Too many copies of Windows lying around. My apologies.

    Family pack of W7 used.
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  3.    30 Sep 2015 #23
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by Torquemada View Post
    Odd, I've just done one. Vista Home Premium to W10 Home
    You can upgrade from Vista, just not for free. Not according to what Microsoft has stated. Windows 7 with SP1 or Windows 8.1. Vista is not part of the free upgrade offer.
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  4.    30 Sep 2015 #24
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    You can upgrade from Vista, just not for free.
    No, you can't upgrade from Vista, period, whether or not you pay for Windows 10.. Just like you can't upgrade from 32bit to 64bit. The functionality of upgrading from Vista was never included in Windows 10.
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  5.    30 Sep 2015 #25
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Maine
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    Windows10Pro 64Bit

    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    MSDN keys are genuine keys. But the terms of the agreement you accept to get them means you can't resell them. They are for your personal use only, and even then, its for testing purposes. I have an MSDN subscription. I can't revoke any of my keys, but Microsoft can. I'd be surprised if very many people were selling MSDN keys. MSDN is very expensive and Microsoft holds a dim view to anyone reselling those keys. You get caught and by by subscription. They have also limited the number of keys you can request. I get 5 for 10 Pro and 5 for 10 Home. You'd have to sell a lot of keys to get your investment back. There were a lot of TechNet keys sold online though, likely why TechNet was killed. It was a lot cheaper than an MSDN subscription, a lot cheaper. Some bought it just to sell the keys. They also limited the number of keys you could get with TechNet towards the end. It was 3 keys per edition and not every edition when I had my TechNet subscription.

    There are other ways this can happen. If you bought a used Company PC that has a MAK key on it. The company that has the license for that key can revoke it. I do believe they can also lock out individual PC's from activating with that key. I'm guessing the OP has a Volume License key, not a full Retail key. They seem to be MIA now though so we may never know.
    Well I know for a FACT that some folks sell MSDN keys on Ebay, have for years. Just to let you know. Bottom line, yes you should be careful where you buy your keys.
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  6.    30 Sep 2015 #26
    Join Date : Dec 2013
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    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by OldMike65 View Post
    Well I know for a FACT that some folks sell MSDN keys on Ebay, have for years. Just to let you know. Bottom line, yes you should be careful where you buy your keys.
    There will always be some that will. I still think there are a lot less doing it these days now that TechNet is dead. Ditto to the buyer be ware.
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