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  1. Joined : Feb 2015
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       25 Feb 2015 #1

    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. Joined : Jul 2014
    Belo Horizonte
    Posts : 710
    Windows 10 Build 14267
       25 Feb 2015 #2

    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. Joined : Feb 2015
    Posts : 5
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       25 Feb 2015 #3

    Haha I suppose MS is unlikely to be too clear about ways to save money.
    Thanks for the reply
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  4. Joined : Apr 2014
    Posts : 599
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview (14971)
       25 Feb 2015 #4

    sonar891 said: 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. Joined : Feb 2015
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       25 Feb 2015 #5

    Awesome thanks, you saved me !
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  6. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,939
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       25 Feb 2015 #6

    sgage said: 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. Joined : Oct 2013
    Texas
    Posts : 7,537
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       25 Feb 2015 #7

    I think the digital river downloads are no longer available.
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  8. Joined : Oct 2014
    Arnold, MD
    Posts : 17,467
    Triple Boot 10 Pro & 10 Insider Pro & 8.1 Pro
       25 Feb 2015 #8

    Dude said: View Post
    I think the digital river downloads are no longer available.
    Yeah, they got yanked a while back.
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  9. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,939
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       25 Feb 2015 #9

    Dude said: 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. Joined : Feb 2015
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       25 Feb 2015 #10

    Oh well. Thanks for the advice,
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