1. Joined : Sep 2016
    Posts : 35
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       05 Sep 2016 #1

    Exact "evaluation period"?


    Hi all,

    I downloaded the ISO of Windows 10 Pro from the Microsoft site (I preferred the ISO to the "Download Tool").

    My precise question:

    How many days I have before I NEED to insert the product key?

    I read different things over internet...
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  2. Joined : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,596
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       05 Sep 2016 #2

    Pipppero2007 said: View Post
    Hi all,

    I downloaded the ISO of Windows 10 Pro from the Microsoft site (I preferred the ISO to the "Download Tool").

    My precise question:

    How many days I have before I NEED to insert the product key?

    I read different things over internet...
    If you right-click the Start icon then click System, does it give that information? For a clean install it's usually been 30 days but for a re-install and some Upgrades I've seen only 3 days.
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  3. Joined : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,197
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       05 Sep 2016 #3

    No definite period known regarding Windows 10, except regarding trial versions.
    Please give links to your various sources of information, which may help discount or credit them.
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  4.    07 Sep 2016 #4

    its been up to 90 days on some cases
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  5. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,451
    Windows10
       07 Sep 2016 #5

    MS no longer use the old Vista style Reduced Functionality mode which forced PC to reboot every hour eventually.

    With Windows 8, they changed to a notification mode and just nagged you periodically to get a licence.

    With Windows 10, they have gone one stage further and just show a fairly non intrusive watermark.

    If you check with slmgr/dlv, there is no actual expiry date anymore with release versions (Insider versions do have expiry dates).


    So basically, if you can live without personalisation, there does not seem to be anything stopping you using an unlicenced copy for as long as you like. You still get updates, can join Insider Programme etc.

    Obviously MS do not openly make this public knowledge.

    They are more interested in getting users tied into their ecosphere at the end of the day.
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  6.    07 Sep 2016 #6

    batlhilz said: View Post
    its been up to 90 days on some cases
    Enterprise eval is 90 days and server 2012 is 180 days - see Windows 10 Enterprise | TechNet Evaluation Center

    After this time the screen goes black and it shuts down every hour. Insider previews will not boot at all after the expiry date (but you can clean install and keep activation).

    AFAIK there is no limit for Pro - you just can't do personalization and have the watermark. You do not need to Activate Windows 10 to install it, but this is how you can activate later | Windows Central
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  7. Joined : Dec 2015
    Posts : 2,451
    Windows10
       07 Sep 2016 #7

    lx07 said: View Post
    Enterprise eval is 90 days and server 2012 is 180 days - see Windows 10 Enterprise | TechNet Evaluation Center

    After this time they will not boot. Similarly insider previews will not boot after the expiry date (but you can clean install and keep activation).

    AFAIK there is no limit for Pro - you just can't do personalization and have the watermark. You do not need to Activate Windows 10 to install it, but this is how you can activate later | Windows Central
    Agreed - basically same as my post posted at same time - only minor point is this applies to Home as well. If you intend to run long term without activating, then installing Home is pointless. If on the other hand, you intend to activate it, installing Home might be preferable as cheaper.
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