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  1. Joined : Oct 2014
    Polk County Texas USA
    Posts : 11,640
    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       14 Apr 2015 #1

    How will Microsoft Distribute Non-Upgrade Non-OEM Windows 10?


    First, we know it's a given that pretty much everyone with Windows 7 and 8/8.1 will get the upgrade free if they want it. Also, when buying a new PC, it will most likely come with Windows 10 installed.

    However, there has only been speculation (in just about every thread) as to how Microsoft will distribute Windows 10. So, I thought maybe it would be good to get our speculation all in one place. Besides, I've had a few thoughts (dangerous ones, probably) on the subject.

    Let's set out a few scenarios and see what comes up . . .

    Building a new PC: How would you install Windows if it doesn't come on a DVD and you have no way to download?

    What about UEFI installation? What about Legacy BIOS on an older machine.

    Do you think it might be possible to buy a USB flash drive with Windows 10?

    What about a hard drive with Windows 10? Stick it in the newly built PC, start it up and it installs?

    OK, I've put out some outlandish ideas . . . what are yours?
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  2. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,931
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       14 Apr 2015 #2

    MS is going to have to have a DVD for sale for new PCs. I just can't see it not happening.
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  3. Joined : Jun 2014
    Posts : 4,431
    Windows 10 Pro
       14 Apr 2015 #3

    I think you will be able to buy a Windows 10 DVD. It may also be available as a download.
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  4. Joined : Mar 2015
    Athens
    Posts : 95
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit(Build 10122)
       14 Apr 2015 #4

    [Conjecture ON]
    There will no DVDs available in the market. You will be able to by retail license keys only from Microsoft online. Then, and after you buy the license, you will be able to download an ISO image(by typing your license key in a special site provided by Microsoft or partners). Then you can burn this image to DVD or USB.
    You will be able to download the same ISO image limited times in a particular period of time (e.g. 24 months, 5 downloads).
    [Conjecture OFF]

    How about this ?
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  5. Joined : Oct 2014
    Polk County Texas USA
    Posts : 11,640
    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       14 Apr 2015 #5

    NickTh said: View Post
    [Conjecture ON]
    There will no DVDs available in the market. You will be able to by retail license keys only from Microsoft online. Then, and after you buy the license, you will be able to download an ISO image(by typing your license key in a special site provided by Microsoft or partners). Then you can burn this image to DVD or USB.
    You will be able to download the same ISO image limited times in a particular period of time (e.g. 24 months, 5 downloads).
    [Conjecture OFF]

    How about this ?
    How about it, Nick?

    OK, how about this? I build my own computers. The last one I had croaked and I can no longer get onto the Internet. How in the Sam Hill do I now install Windows 10?

    Yeah, it's one of those things . . . what if I'm not willing to go to Fry's and buy a new Windows 10 computer? I wanna build my own!
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  6. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 92
    64-bit 10240 10 Pro
       14 Apr 2015 #6

    You will be able to buy a Win 10 DVD at your favorite store or at NewEgg.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2014
    Polk County Texas USA
    Posts : 11,640
    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       14 Apr 2015 #7

    Gary said: View Post
    You will be able to buy a Win 10 DVD at your favorite store or at NewEgg.
    Hopefully, Gary. But what about some of the more "out there" ideas? Like on a flash drive or hard drive?
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  8. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 196
    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
       14 Apr 2015 #8

    How will Microsoft Distribute Non-Upgrade Non-OEM Windows 10?


    I guess I will go out on a limb and put in my 2 cents.
    1. they are giving it away this year for free.
    2 What is up with one-get
    3 Redmond is going to have two releases in 2015
    to me it sounds like how Linux Distros are done.
    I think you will be able to download any current release out there and install it like Ubuntu or Fedora or any of the others.
    Shipinomore
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  9. Joined : Jun 2014
    Posts : 4,431
    Windows 10 Pro
       14 Apr 2015 #9

    I don't see Windows 10 being download only. This would hurt people with slow or limited data internet connections. Years ago it use to take me days to download new releases of Mandrake Linux over my dial up connection.
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  10. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 92
    64-bit 10240 10 Pro
       14 Apr 2015 #10

    Wynona said: View Post
    Hopefully, Gary. But what about some of the more "out there" ideas? Like on a flash drive or hard drive?
    A boot-able Flash Drive would be nice.
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