So Im just wondering about licensing. I have 8.1, would I be upgrading to Win 10 or would I just use the preview and then what happens when it comes to licensing when this hits public? Or, is the Win 10 upgrade free?
Apparently the upgrade will be free.
We're free to use the Technical Preview as long as it's not RTM (Release to Market or Release to Manufacturing). Once it goes RTM, we have the option to upgrade or not. It's our choice.
The ability to clean install the upgrade is something I'm not sure about at this time. I don't know if Microsoft has clarified that or not.
slight inaccuracy here
You can ALWAYS revert to a previous OS PROVIDED you take an Image of it (backup) BEFORE performing the upgrade --you won't lose any activation om RESTORE and it will save you having to re-install it again.
Note also if you REVERT back again you should also take a backup of the NEW OS in case you want to use it again -- you might only have reverted for a while to get a specific program to work while the New Os is getting fixed or updated.
I have now given up on running 10014 on my main PC, however I am running it on a spare 2nd PC, not as good as 9226. Maybe needs a few updates.
To me, 10014 is a step backwards from 9226. Mind you, any problems ALWAY find me , even back in the day of Win 3.1, I had issues
From what I've read this upgrade will be through Windows Update.
If you image your current system before the upgrade, you can always restore the image if you want to go back.
Win10.041 introduced a Roll back OS feature. I'm not sure if it will stick around through RTM, but it's a good feature.
If you created OEM recovery media, you can always restore to Factory image (including the OEM bloat software, or if the OEM provide the option, do a minimal install - on HP that eliminates trial SW and most HP bloat).
If you want to dual boot, you should be able to use your previous license key and install form the OS version ISO.
... not sure how the Win10 license relates to the qualified OS license, but it should be a different key.
Once Win10 is installed, the Restore option in Recovery will do a clean install. Erase the drive & install Win10 form the recovery partition.
You can always buy Win10 retail.
There is still a lot for MS to hash out - but that's what I think I know at the moment.
As of March 26th I have cleaned up my hard drive and then did a format of the hard drive when doing a clean install of
10041. Everything went in without any errors until doing shutdowns and I get a explorer.exe error on the screen and you can click ok and it completes the shutdown. I have reported it in detail.
I have also went back to Chrome as IE does not save login information.
After the install I left the system on the slow ring for now.