1.    05 Sep 2016 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2016
    Posts : 165
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    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...
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  2.    05 Sep 2016 #2
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 3,913
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    Quote Originally Posted by Pipppero2007 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.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  3.    05 Sep 2016 #3
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,782
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240

    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.
      My ComputersSystem Spec
  4.    07 Sep 2016 #4
    Join Date : May 2015
    Finland, Vantaa
    Posts : 424
    Win 10 pro, creators

    its been up to 90 days on some cases
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  5.    07 Sep 2016 #5
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 5,391
    Windows10

    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.
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  6.    07 Sep 2016 #6
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 3,655
    10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by batlhilz 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
      My ComputerSystem Spec
  7.    07 Sep 2016 #7
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 5,391
    Windows10

    Quote Originally Posted by lx07 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.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

 


Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Can't click on "Check for Updates" "Windows Update settings" on Start
So I have this weird thing happening in my relatively fresh install of Windows 10. Whenever I search for "Check for Updates" or "Windows Update settings" on the search box of the start menu, I get the results that I want but if I press enter or...
Windows Updates and Activation
Solved delete "saved password" and "form data" from microsoft edge manually
Hello how can I delete "saved password" and "form data" of microsoft edge manually ?! after too much search in google .... I trid to delete some value of the following registry address HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\Local...
Browsers and Email
Microsoft Edge fails to open says "...Trial period expired..."
I eagerly upgraded from Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Pro on July 29 the moment I got the upgrade link. But to my horror Edge is not working, WiFi drivers aren't working, nVidia Graphic drivers are corrupted. Somehow managed to install the other...
Browsers and Email
Solved Search query too narrow. "Exact word/phrase" only and not "Contains"
Recently I was getting confused and frustrate that files I were searching for weren't being included in the search results for my queries. It seems that the search parameters are restricted to "Exact word/phrase" and not "Contains. Example:...
General Support
Just installed v10532. Registered, but says "Evaluation Preview".
I installed Win10 on an old backup PC when I started Beta testing it months ago. During this time, it always showed "Evaluation Preview" on the lower right, but with the first "official" release, that text disappeared. This morning, "Windows...
Windows Insider
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 15:11.
Find Us
Twitter Facebook Google+ Ten Forums iOS App Ten Forums Android App



Windows 10 Forums