Windows 10: Do "Insiders" need to do anything to get Win10 final installed? Solved

  1.    30 Jul 2015 #1

    Do "Insiders" need to do anything to get Win10 final installed?

    I have been testing Win10 on two machines. On one machine I checked the "Stop Insider Builds" yesterday, the other is still set as Insider with Fast updates.

    I also have three other computers (win 7 and Win8.1) with the "Ready for Win10" icons. No message or indication that Win10 is ready for install has been received on these machines, yet.

    On the two computers that I am already running Win 10, do I need to do anything to set these up with the final Win10 version? Will Microsoft notify me (these don't have get Win10 icon) - or is it up to me to start the process as an Insider? Both Win10 installs show them as "activated".
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       30 Jul 2015 #2

    Hello CountryBumkin,

    If you have updated to the latest 10240 build, then you are good to go. That's the same as retail. :)
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    windows 10 technical preview
       30 Jul 2015 #3

    So wait, isn't the final insider version (10240) different from the retail version? I thought that they had similarities but we would have to install the retail version in order for our copy to be considered as retail ?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       30 Jul 2015 #4

    It'll still be considered an Insiders build, but 10240 is basically the same as the retail.
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  5.    30 Jul 2015 #5

    If we do choose to do a clean install though will it activate?
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18262
       30 Jul 2015 #6


    It will if you reinstall and activate your original Windows 7/8.1, then upgrade to the free Windows 10.

    Can I reinstall Windows 10 on my computer after upgrading with free upgrade?

    Once you’ve upgraded to Windows 10 using the free upgrade offer or Media Creation Tool on an activated Windows 7 or 8.1 PC, you will be able to reinstall, including a clean install, on the same device. You won’t need a product key for re-activations on the same hardware. If you make a meaningful change to your hardware, you may need to contact customer support to help with activation. You’ll also be able to create your own installation media like a USB drive or DVD, and use that to upgrade your device or reinstall after you’ve upgraded.
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