I wouldn't even mind buying Retail W10 at some time but must be assured that MS would one day change that too.
Yes but my issue is with MS not explicitly stating that and are creating great confusion judging by all those questions all over the net. With MS apparently so determined to push W10, they are not helping themselves very good with all that ambiguity when just one sentence can clear all that. A day doesn't pass without somebody asking me about those things and I don't have clear answer to show them where it states to be so and so !.
As I said before, W7 was upgraded to W8 almost free and Retail version stayed Retail, didn't get tied to particular MB. Don't remember exactly now but that upgrade was something like $24 or Euro, something like that. MS elected to give it free for limited time, that's OK, they have an agenda to popularize W10 and will make that loss up some way, that's their business but let them state clearly for all world to know what exact policy is.
And I hate Windows 10 being pushed on me. I have heard of problems with 10, my brother's computer takes simply forever to start up and another friend reports she crashed it twice and rebuilt it twice and avoids the edge as much as possible. She says it has a lot of bugs.
My computer that I have had for about a year starts up immediately on 8.1. I don't want Windows 10. My main concern since I have automatic updates (highly recommended), will Windows 10 be automatically installed?.
That's really a question for W7/8 forums.
Resistance is futile, you shall be assimilated !!!
I have upgraded one of my retail licenses to Windows 10, but I resent the fact that when I change my hardware I will have to pay for a new Windows 10 retail license. It's unrealistic to say I can always go back to Windows 8 or 7 at that stage. In my view Microsoft are trying to force users to ditch their Windows 7 or Windows 8 retail licenses by virtually insisting that they convert to a Windows 10 OEM license.
Microsoft says:There may be other "significant hardware changes", so you'll need to read your Windows 10 EULA (End User License Agreement).If you upgraded to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer and then made significant hardware changes to your device, such as replacing the motherboard, Windows 10 might no longer be activated. For help on how to activate your device, contact customer support.
For those of us who build our own systems, yes, we'll have to buy our copy of Windows 10. That is, unless we have an old copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 laying around and use it to upgrade to Windows 10 before July 29, 2016.
For those who buy OEM systems, if your computer craters and you have to buy a new OEM system, the probability is virtually 100% that it will come with Windows 10 installed.
Is MS selling:
Windows 7 in any shape or form ?
Windows 8 in any shape or form ?
Note that I said,BTW, I haven't looked, but I've read a few times on TenForums that retail copies of 7 and 8.1 are still for sale here and there.For those of us who build our own systems, yes, we'll have to buy our copy of Windows 10. That is, unless we have an old copy of Windows 7 or 8.1 laying around and use it to upgrade to Windows 10 before July 29, 2016.