Can i put W10 back on my Laptop free ?

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  1. Posts : 74
    Windows 10 Professional
       #21

    vgkfan83 said:
    LOL. . Seriously?
    One of the oldest business tricks in the book - announce the date for the ending of a free offer (despite having no intention of actually ending it) so people get a sense of urgency and think "I must get this now before the offer ends.

    Rinse and repeat in a lot of cases. Like a certain DVD/BluRay ripping software which I won't name who announced the end of lifetime licenses several times over the past 10 years ("get one quick before they're gone for good") and yet you can still get them today (as you were able to a short time after the 'expiry' date every time they did it).
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  2. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #22

    vgkfan83 said:
    LOL. . Seriously?
    CarlSD said:
    One of the oldest business tricks in the book - announce the date for the ending of a free offer (despite having no intention of actually ending it) so people get a sense of urgency and think "I must get this now before the offer ends...
    Microsoft's wording on this is peculiarity specific, only ruling out the free upgrade via the Get Windows 10 app (GWX) that appeared on Win7/8 PCs in the run up to the launch...
    Is the Windows 10 free upgrade offer still available?
    The Windows 10 free upgrade through the Get Windows 10 (GWX) app ended on July 29, 2016.
    https://support.microsoft.com/help/1...10-upgrade-faq

    It is a completely accurate statement - the GWX app no longer works, in fact subsequent updates have removed all traces of it from W7/8 machines. However it is also misleading. Upgrading a licenced Win7/8 or a clean install with a qualifying Win7/8 key using an install USB or ISO made by the Media Creation Tool will still be activated to this day.
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  3. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #23

    Thank you for the link to the W10 Clean Install Guide. I will study that carefully today.
    I am not sure how to change the boot order on my laptop with ubuntu on it so i can boot from the dvd,
    i know how it's done on a windows pc, but Ubuntu may as well be written in Chinese it's well wierd.
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  4. lx07's Avatar
    Posts : 5,479
    2004
       #24

    You change boot order in BIOS not in the OS. So boot into BIOS (by pressing F8 or F11 or something when you turn it on - key depends on laptop make) and you should be able to change it there.
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  5. AddRAM's Avatar
    Posts : 3,850
    Windows 10 Pro x64 20H2
       #25

    And you can always use the Boot Menu (not the Bios) to choose a boot device.

    Watch the screen when you turn on the PC, it should show you which key to push.
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  6. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
    Thread Starter
       #26

    Thank you guys, you are a great help to me, this is all new to me yet seems so easy to you. One day hopefully i will understand it all.
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  7. Posts : 38,420
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #27

    According to these links:
    1) it is still possible to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8 to 10 for free
    2) it may be possible to upgrade from Windows 10 home to Windows 10 professional for free

    Here's how you can still get a free Windows 10 upgrade | ZDNet
    How to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro for free | ZDNet
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #28

    zbook said:
    According to these links:

    2) it may be possible to upgrade from Windows 10 home to Windows 10 professional for free

    How to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro for free | ZDNet
    However, the upgrade from Home to Pro still requires the user to enter a valid product key for Pro - so I wouldn't really consider that being for free.
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  9. Posts : 38,420
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #29

    Did this link indicate that a very old computer that came with Windows 7 professional can have its disks used in a brand new computer that comes with Windows 10? Would the product key that was used with the motherboard, that had been upgraded to windows 10 professional now be able to be used in a brand new computer that comes with windows 10 home?
    Would you be able to use the disk? Would you be able to somehow get the product key off of the disk to enter into the computer with Windows 10 home?
    The link information seems out of the ordinary as having a very old disk would then enable an end user to install Windows professional for free??
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  10. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 18,733
    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #30

    zbook said:
    The link information seems out of the ordinary as having a very old disk would then enable an end user to install Windows professional for free??
    Entering a valid Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate key would upgrade 10 Home to 10 Pro, as the linked article says. However, 'valid' in this case would be a full retail key that still has some activations left. It may be possible to use the OEM key from the CoA on an old Win7 Pro PC but, I suspect, that would only work on the PC the CoA is attached to.

    Last month I clean-installed 10 on a laptop that had never taken the free upgrade. Setup used the OEM W8.1 key from the bios to install and activate Windows 10, never asking for a key or which edition to install.
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