1.    24 Jun 2015 #1
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    Independent Confusion


    The Independent ran a news item this morning on the pricing of W10. The following got my attention....

    ..... .Normal Windows 7 and Windows 8 and 8.1 users will receive free upgrades to the new operating system. And all Enterprise users and business will have to pay for it......
    "..... and business ....."...??? What business?

    My understanding is that if an organisation (small/medium business, education institution, charity.....) owns computers that run genuine W7, W8, W8.1 they will be as eligible as any other user to the free upgrade. Microsoft has made it very clear that the only versions that are not eligible for the free upgrade are all those preceding W7 and the Enterprise and RT versions from W7 onwards.

    If my understanding is incorrect could someone please enlighten me. My clients are all those mentioned above so I need to be absolutely clear and correct in my answer when asked this question.

    Link to the Independent : http://www.independent.co.uk/life-st...-10339562.html

    T.
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  2.    24 Jun 2015 #2
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    They're referring to the Enterprise edition of WIn10 and not the Pro/Home.
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  3.    24 Jun 2015 #3
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    Thanks for confirming that my understanding is correct.

    One would have thought that a professional journalist could write in a manner that was not confusing.

    T.
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  4.    24 Jun 2015 #4
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    W7 Pro x64 | W10 IP x64 | Linux Mint VM

    That piece is a classic example of lazy journalism. Awful piece.
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  5.    24 Jun 2015 #5
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    If your Pro version of Windows 7/8/8.1 is joined to a domain, you won't get the free upgrade automatically. I'm not sure if the free upgrade will work even if you use the ISO if you're joined. However, you could always unjoin, perform the upgrade, then re-join to the domain.

    We don't know what the license will say about this yet, since the terms have not yet been released.

    If you simply have Windows Home/Core/Standard or Pro running as a workgroup, then you should be eligible.
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  6.    26 Jun 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    If your Pro version of Windows 7/8/8.1 is joined to a domain, you won't get the free upgrade automatically. I'm not sure if the free upgrade will work even if you use the ISO if you're joined. ......
    The following was posted by Andre Da Costa (MVP and Moderator) in the Microsoft Community....

    Will domain joined non volume license Windows Pro clients receive the upgrade offer?
    Domain Joined computers are not supported at this time unfortunately. Your best option is to download the .ISO file and upgrade the computers manually/offline.

    How will Domain Joined computers that are not volume license clients be able to check their systems and reserve the Windows 10 upgrade?

    You will need to use Enterprise Assessment tools for the range of computers you have. The reservation app does not work in complex IT environments.

    Microsoft is likely to release a new version of its Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) that will support Windows 10. It can help you quickly inventory small or large IT environments without requiring you to install any agent software in your environment.
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  7.    26 Jun 2015 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tabvla View Post
    The following was posted by Andre Da Costa (MVP and Moderator) in the Microsoft Community....
    That's still speculation as well, note the "likely to" and what not. The point is, we don't know for sure how this is going to work.
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  8.    26 Jun 2015 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    That's still speculation as well, note the "likely to" and what not. The point is, we don't know for sure how this is going to work.
    Agreed..... ..... I am starting to think that a nice vacation on a sandy beach with blue skies and puffy white clouds would be a far more preferable way to spend the Summer....

    T.
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  9.    26 Jun 2015 #9
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    Sounds good. Where did you have in mind? Not NZ as it is winter here!
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