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  1.    25 Feb 2015 #1
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    Free upgrade license type requirements


    Hello this is my first post so "Hi!".

    I've read on Wikipedia that the Windows 10 free upgrade will offered to all users of "consumer editions" of Windows 7 and 8.1. I'm currently at a stage where I need to do a fresh install of Windows 7 but do not have a recovery disc. Does the "consumer edition" bit mean that if I buy a cheap OEM copy of Windows 7 off of EBay I won't be entitled the free upgrade? Am I right in thinking that the same would apply to discs/licences "intended for distribution with a refurbished PC"?

    Thanks in advance
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  2.    25 Feb 2015 #2
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    It's not clear yet, but I guess that any legal copy of Windows 7/8/8.1 will be eligible.

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  3.    25 Feb 2015 #3
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    Haha I suppose MS is unlikely to be too clear about ways to save money.
    Thanks for the reply
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  4.    25 Feb 2015 #4
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    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview (14971)

    Quote Originally Posted by sonar891 View Post
    Hello this is my first post so "Hi!".

    I've read on Wikipedia that the Windows 10 free upgrade will offered to all users of "consumer editions" of Windows 7 and 8.1. I'm currently at a stage where I need to do a fresh install of Windows 7 but do not have a recovery disc. Does the "consumer edition" bit mean that if I buy a cheap OEM copy of Windows 7 off of EBay I won't be entitled the free upgrade? Am I right in thinking that the same would apply to discs/licences "intended for distribution with a refurbished PC"?

    Thanks in advance
    If you currently have a license to run Windows 7, you don't need to buy a copy - you can download one for free from Digital River.
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  5.    25 Feb 2015 #5
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    Awesome thanks, you saved me !
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  6.    25 Feb 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by sgage View Post
    If you currently have a license to run Windows 7, you don't need to buy a copy - you can download one for free from Digital River.
    You'll be able to upgrade to Win10 from the Windows Store.
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  7.    25 Feb 2015 #7
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    I think the digital river downloads are no longer available.
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  8.    25 Feb 2015 #8
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    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    Quote Originally Posted by Dude View Post
    I think the digital river downloads are no longer available.
    Yeah, they got yanked a while back.
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  9.    25 Feb 2015 #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dude View Post
    I think the digital river downloads are no longer available.
    I agree.. the only way to get a valid copy is via MS.
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  10.    25 Feb 2015 #10
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    Oh well. Thanks for the advice,
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