Windows 10: Computer upgrade after 12 months

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
  1.    26 Jul 2015 #1

    Computer upgrade after 12 months


    Hi
    I am currently running Win 8.1 and intend to upgrade to Win 10 later this week. I am in the habit of upgrading my hardware about every 5 years or so. What happens in say 18 months when I get a new cpu and m/b, how do I get Win 10 back again? I only have my Win 8 disk and if I install that again on my new system, the free upgrade time period would have expired by then.

    Thanks for any replies.

    John
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 624
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview (14971)
       26 Jul 2015 #2

    johnbla said: View Post
    Hi
    I am currently running Win 8.1 and intend to upgrade to Win 10 later this week. I am in the habit of upgrading my hardware about every 5 years or so. What happens in say 18 months when I get a new cpu and m/b, how do I get Win 10 back again? I only have my Win 8 disk and if I install that again on my new system, the free upgrade time period would have expired by then.

    Thanks for any replies.

    John
    There will be ISO's of Windows 10 available by then, and anyway you can make your own from the downloaded installation files. Your hardware will probably appear changed enough to seem a different computer to the MS activating servers, so you may have to call MS and they will (most likely) give you a key or twiddle some knobs on the server or do something to make it go.

    You might even want to ask this question on the Microsoft Community forums...
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    26 Jul 2015 #3

    Thanks sgage, looks like there is no easy answer. I am sure there are others who will be in the same boat, in fact anyone who upgrades their computer or buys a new one, which is just about all of us.

    John
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 624
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview (14971)
       26 Jul 2015 #4

    johnbla said: View Post
    Thanks sgage, looks like there is no easy answer. I am sure there are others who will be in the same boat, in fact anyone who upgrades their computer or buys a new one, which is just about all of us.

    John
    Well, if you buy a new computer, it most likely is going to come with Windows 10 preinstalled, so no problem!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  5. Posts : 26,697
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       26 Jul 2015 #5

    sgage said: View Post
    Well, if you buy a new computer, it most likely is going to come with Windows 10 preinstalled, so no problem!
    Not necessarily. There is an inventory out there of lots​ of 8 machines. 10 will be advertised as free upgrade, but real 10 installed boxes won't be out for a bit.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 624
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview (14971)
       26 Jul 2015 #6

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Not necessarily. There is an inventory out there of lots​ of 8 machines. 10 will be advertised as free upgrade, but real 10 installed boxes won't be out for a bit.
    I thought we were talking 12 months out, when the free update deal expires. Actually, several manufacturers have indicated that they will in fact have boxes running Win10 on Day 1. But in any case, any Win8 box will be a straightforward upgrade - no messing around with changed hardware and such.

    Interestingly, you can still buy Win7 boxes at places like PC Connection and Staples.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    26 Jul 2015 #7

    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Not necessarily. There is an inventory out there of lots​ of 8 machines. 10 will be advertised as free upgrade, but real 10 installed boxes won't be out for a bit.
    I didn't look for any fine print, but in their weekly flier today (26 July) Best Buy (large US retailer) lists PCs with 10 pre-installed as for sale on 29 July.

    I wonder what Win10 build will be on the machines.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  8. Posts : 375
    Windows 10 Home x64
       26 Jul 2015 #8

    While looking in the Direct TV onscreen program guide last week I saw QVC had an electronics show featuring Dell laptops with W10 installed, this was last Thur. 7-23.

    I went to the channel and watched for a few minutes. They were boasting about being the first to offer computers with Windows 10 for sale. So it has been offered for sale to the public already.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


  9. Posts : 3,421
    insider build 10586.3 win10 pro 64
       26 Jul 2015 #9

    sgage said: View Post
    Well, if you buy a new computer, it most likely is going to come with Windows 10 preinstalled, so no problem!
    op states what if I buy a new cpu and motherboard ,they are not talking about buying a new computer
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  10. Posts : 375
    Windows 10 Home x64
       26 Jul 2015 #10

    Isn't the W10 license going to be whatever the qualifying OS license was? OEM if OS came preinstalled or retail if OS was purchased separately. As long as your W8.1 is retail with an iso there shouldn't be a problem.

    If you upgraded from a retail license you could install as many times as you want on as many different computers as you want as long as it's only one computer at a time. OEM only the computer it came on, new MB, CPU, or HDD/SSD might require a call to activate.

    IMO once you have the W10 iso you'll be fine, you mention replacing an MB and CPU, you'll still have W10 on the HDD/SSD so you're not losing it. And you would have a backup image too so you won't lose it, if you have to reimage you might have to call to activate but you shouldn't lose W10.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Related Threads
Hi Is there anything I must do to make all my PCs download from each other to upgrade WIn10, Note they are all on same network (connected to same router) but I'm not sure if I need to create a homegroup or something like that?
The Win 10 install.esd for tomorrow's upgrade is on my new Win 8.1 computer. Can I use an iso. made from that esd. to upgrade my Win 7 computer if it has not yet received the upgrade files? Both will be upgrading to Win 10 Home. I wouldn't try it...
Yes I'm a Windows Insider and should get the release version of Win 10 on the 29th based on my usual fast "flight" fairly quickly for my Win 10 preview installation. Based on my email address will that give me a reasonably early download of Win 10...
Solved If i upgrade my computer... in Installation and Upgrade
Hi i just want clarification. If i upgraded my current PC specs to a newer better one. Would my free upgrade from Win 8.1 to Win 10 still be ok or not? I mean basically, do i HAVE to buy the new PC before i upgrade to win 10? or can i use it on...
InfoWorld on April Fools day 2013: Read the full "April Fools Joke" here: Microsoft skips 'too good' Windows 9, jumps to Windows 10 | InfoWorld Kari

Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:51.
Find Us