How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016?

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    How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016?


    How shall users upgrade to free Windows 10 after July 29, 2016 if they need to reinstall OS? What should they prepare for reinstallation of Windows 10 in the future, creating a copy or what else? Thank you for your answer.
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    If you upgraded and activated Win10 before the free offer expires on 29 July 2016, you can re-install any time. You'll need Win10 install media, which you can download from MS.
    See: Windows 10 ISO Download

    If you did NOT upgrade and activate before the deadline, you will have to buy a Full Packaged Product (FPP), also known as Retail.
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    Slartybart said:
    If you upgraded and activated Win10 before the free offer expires on 29 July 2016, you can re-install any time. You'll need Win10 install media, which you can download from MS.
    See: Windows 10 ISO Download

    If you did NOT upgrade and activate before the deadline, you will have to buy a Full Packaged Product (FPP), also known as Retail.
    Since people don't fully understand this, it should also be explained that
    once a specific system is registered with Microsoft it "remembers" it going forward.

    So once you have done a reinstall for any reason on this same box it will NOT
    prompt you register again.
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    msny said:
    Since people don't fully understand this, it should also be explained that once a specific system is registered with Microsoft it "remembers" it going forward.

    So once you have done a reinstall for any reason on this same box it will NOT prompt you register again.
    There are ample places this is explained. It's not clear because there's so much chatter about it.

    Correct - once your Win10 is activated, the MS servers will activate it on every re-install. Probably a fine point, but you should NOT enter a key (if you originally upgraded during the free offer) when you re-install - there is no key, there is only a digital license on the MS Activation Servers for your machine.
    There are lots of posts about the servers and licensing - search the forum and read what's already out there.
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    If users go to the downloading page and download and save the Upgrade for free /Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant in their computers and install the Windows 10 once, then the users can run the saved Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant to reinstall the Windows 10 at any time in the future or the user should download/create Windows 10 ISO? Please explain it.
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    compiler said:
    If users go to the downloading page and download and save the Upgrade for free /Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant in their computers and install the Windows 10 once, then the users can run the saved Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant to reinstall the Windows 10 at any time in the future or the user should download/create Windows 10 ISO? Please explain it.
    Whether it is a first time upgrade, a clean install, or a repeat of an upgrade/install, most of recommend that you download the ISO file and create a bootable USB flash drive or DVD. Do the upgrade from that and keep it for future use.
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    Slartybart said:
    If you upgraded and activated Win10 before the free offer expires on 29 July 2016, you can re-install any time. You'll need Win10 install media, which you can download from MS.
    See: Windows 10 ISO Download

    If you did NOT upgrade and activate before the deadline, you will have to buy a Full Packaged Product (FPP), also known as Retail.
    I upgraded to w10 yesterday, but I had meant to do a clean install of w7 prior to that.
    I forgot to do that and of course since it copied all my previous files, I may need to do that in the furure.
    I just spoke to Microsoft and they said the only way I could upgrade again is to do it before 7/29/16.

    Is the Rep wrong? Wouldn't surprise me.

    Thanks for any advice,

    Paul
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    I've always looked at it as being very cut and dry, or black and white, if you prefer.

    If you've upgraded a computer to Window 10 before the 7/29 deadline, then you can reinstall Windows 10 on that computer as many times as you wish going forward.

    If the computer has not been upgraded before the 7/29 deadline, then the only way to get Windows 10 on it is to buy a license.
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    DeaconFrost said:
    I've always looked at it as being very cut and dry, or black and white, if you prefer.

    If you've upgraded a computer to Window 10 before the 7/29 deadline, then you can reinstall Windows 10 on that computer as many times as you wish going forward.

    If the computer has not been upgraded before the 7/29 deadline, then the only way to get Windows 10 on it is to buy a license.
    Thanks,
    That's what I thought.
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    PSCO2007W10 said:
    I upgraded to w10 yesterday, but I had meant to do a clean install of w7 prior to that.
    I forgot to do that and of course since it copied all my previous files, I may need to do that in the furure.
    I just spoke to Microsoft and they said the only way I could upgrade again is to do it before 7/29/16.

    Is the Rep wrong? Wouldn't surprise me.

    Thanks for any advice,

    Paul
    Yes, as explained before - once Win 10 is activated that PC is entitled to that edition of Win 10 at anytime in the future...(MS support is obviously out-sourced and poorly trained.)

    If going back to Win 7, then that is different, on an OEM PC. You will need recovery for that. Retail is cool though.
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