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  1.    14 Jun 2015 #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbz1960 View Post
    That is what I was wondering about too!
    Microsoft has just announced the first pricing information for Windows 10 at its preview event today. The biggest news is that the new OS will be completely free for current Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users for its first year of availability—after that time period has expired, OS upgrades will presumably need to be paid for as they are currently (though Microsoft was less than clear on this point, it made no mention of a paid, Office 365-style subscription for Windows upgrades). The Windows 10 upgrade for Windows Phone 8.1 users will also be free.

    "Once a device is upgraded to Windows 10, we'll be keeping it current for the supported lifetime of the device," said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Operating Systems Group. "With Windows 10, we think of Windows as a service... The question 'what version are you running' will cease to make sense."
    Source: http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/...or-first-year/
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  2.    14 Jun 2015 #12
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    Okotoks
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    And there you have it. If you want it free, download and install within a year of release.
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  3.    14 Jun 2015 #13
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    Here is the way it worked with WMC on windows 8 M$ gave away keys only good for a specified time limit if you did not install in that time frame the key was no longer valid. If I were M$ they need to have as many users as they can get using W10 to create a demand for APPs in order to get developers to write any as it stands now that Developer base is very sparse. No developers means there walled garden doesn't have any fruit to sell.
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  4.    14 Jun 2015 #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by labeeman View Post
    Here is the way it worked with WMC on windows 8 M$ gave away keys only good for a specified time limit if you did not install in that time frame the key was no longer valid. If I were M$ they need to have as many users as they can get using W10 to create a demand for APPs in order to get developers to write any as it stands now that Developer base is very sparse. No developers means there walled garden doesn't have any fruit to sell.
    The Dev's will HAVE TO get on board in 2023 at the latest, if they want to make any money, because that's Windows 8.1 updates end of life.

    Client operating systems Latest update or service pack End of mainstream support End of extended support
    Client operating systems
    Windows XP
    Latest update or service pack
    Service Pack 3
    End of mainstream support
    April 14, 2009
    End of extended support
    April 8, 2014
    Client operating systems
    Windows Vista
    Latest update or service pack
    Service Pack 2
    End of mainstream support
    April 10, 2012
    End of extended support
    April 11, 2017
    Client operating systems
    Windows 7 *
    Latest update or service pack
    Service Pack 1
    End of mainstream support
    January 13, 2015
    End of extended support
    January 14, 2020
    Client operating systems
    Windows 8
    Latest update or service pack
    Windows 8.1
    End of mainstream support
    January 9, 2018
    End of extended support
    January 10, 2023
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  5.    14 Jun 2015 #15
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    The Dev's will HAVE TO get on board in 2023 at the latest, if they want to make any money, because that's Windows 8.1 updates end of life.

    Client operating systems Latest update or service pack End of mainstream support End of extended support
    Client operating systems
    Windows XP
    Latest update or service pack
    Service Pack 3
    End of mainstream support
    April 14, 2009
    End of extended support
    April 8, 2014
    Client operating systems
    Windows Vista
    Latest update or service pack
    Service Pack 2
    End of mainstream support
    April 10, 2012
    End of extended support
    April 11, 2017
    Client operating systems
    Windows 7 *
    Latest update or service pack
    Service Pack 1
    End of mainstream support
    January 13, 2015
    End of extended support
    January 14, 2020
    Client operating systems
    Windows 8
    Latest update or service pack
    Windows 8.1
    End of mainstream support
    January 9, 2018
    End of extended support
    January 10, 2023
    Or stay on Android.LOL
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  6.    14 Jun 2015 #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by kbz1960 View Post
    Hi, unfortunately I will not be able to install win10 on my personal work laptop due to some of their software and programs. Will I be able to make an ISO or something so I can install it a year or more later when perhaps my company will support it with their software and programs?

    Thanks
    AS it stands today ....

    You have up to one year (between July 29 2015 and July 28 2016) to take advantage of the free UPGRADE offer. You could wait until the last day if you need to wait. After the free offer expires, you will have to purchase a Retail license.

    The information I've read indicates that you have to upgrade the machine first. Once everything has been validated and updated on the machine THEN you can download an ISO. The actual mechanism to obtain the Win10 ISO is still unknown.

    Things might change over the next year and there might be some heavy promotional offers to boost sales if necessary. Lots of things are still up-in-the-air. Visit TenForums over the next year and see what the gurus cook up - they're really smart folks and find new information fast.

    Unless you wake on July 29 2016 and think "I knew I should have logged on yesterday", there's no reason to worry about waiting to upgrade. I plan on waiting until Q1 2016 to update my machine, simply because in my experience, Windows is always much better after the first major update (Win 7 SP1 / Win 8.1).
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  7.    14 Jun 2015 #17
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    Thanks all, so installing it and then downgrading back to win8.1 with an image or whatever should be fine or do you have to stay on win10 after installing?
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  8.    14 Jun 2015 #18
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    I think that remains to be seen. But I don't see why not. Post above had good advice you still have over a year to decide. Lots can change in that time.
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  9.    14 Jun 2015 #19
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    Yep and lots of really smart people on here.

    Thanks all.
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  10.    14 Jun 2015 #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
    I'm of the belief that it wouldn't really matter.

    My understanding is the free trial period has a starting date and a ending date. It has nothing to do with when you
    install Windows 10. If you install Windows 10 1 month before the ending date you get 1 month free use.

    I'm open for corrections if this is not correct.
    Once installed within 1 year of release, it's yours forever. The 1 year time frame is when you can get a free for life copy. After that it's back to $109 for Home and $199 for Pro, etc.

    See here: The Free Windows 10 Will Support Unlimited Clean Installs
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