Windows 9 Will Be Free for Windows 8 Users  

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  1. Posts : 319
    Windows 10 Pro

    Well if the story holds true, that will be a great perk for those who took the leap of faith to Win 8.

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  2. Posts : 405
    Windows 10 21H1

    Personally, I will have to try the preview first. Regardless of whether it's free or not (and most likely I would get it for free from the University anyway if I wanted to), I need to know whether it actually brings anything new to me in order to bother with the install and take the time to fiddle with the settings. As a rule, I don't like changing operating systems. I have one machine that I built myself where I run 8.1 as a second OS from a separate physical drive, but the only thing I use it for is iTunes (I certainly don't want all that Apple stuff running on my main machine). Compared to 7 (running on the same hardware, just from a different drive), there are very few advantages that I can see and then there is all that Metro ugliness I have to look at. So, the 8.1 will definitely get replaced by 9 next week, but whether it will make it to my main machines - only time will tell.
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  3. Posts : 9,649
    W10 Pro, W10 Home

    A free upgrade from W8 would be nice, especially if it allowed you to create an .iso file as well, so a person could do a clean install if they wanted to.
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  4. Posts : 22,740
    Windows 10 Home x64

    LittleJay said:
    A free upgrade from W8 would be nice, especially if it allowed you to create an .iso file as well, so a person could do a clean install if they wanted to.
    This^^ but if not I'll purchase a copy.
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  5. Posts : 9,649
    W10 Pro, W10 Home

    BunnyJ said:
    This^^ but if not I'll purchase a copy.
    If MS has a special upgrade price I would consider it, but not if I have to pay full retail price. I won't do that until its time to upgrade my system as well. W8.1 Pro works great on this machine and it will be supported for a few years yet, so there isn't any hurry.
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  6. Posts : 98
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    davehc said:
    The eventual cost of Windows 9 may be a big factor here.
    If it costs more than Windows 8, then it is brilliant strategic thinking for MS. Many more intelligent users will be rushing of to the local store to buy Windows 8, and get Windows 9 at that price!
    Indeed. I can confirm if it is free for Windows 8/8.1 users, and cost more than $70 for Windows 7 Users, I'll be buying a student copy of Windows 8.1 Pro ASAP. There's a decent chance I won't be a student by the time they have a Windows 9 student discount.
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    BunnyJ said:
    I would like to get the Win9 update for free. Yup, on board for that concept totally.
    Keeping that in mind I would also likely purchase a copy of Win9 so I can perform a clean install.

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  8. Posts : 653
    10 preview 64bit

    could(will) be interesting if your a W8 >> OEM <<, and a clean system restore is required;
    SIW2 is gonna have to charge MS to sort it , man how many partitions are there gonna be

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  9. Posts : 14,750
    Windows 10 IoT

    Purchased Apps are tied to your Live ID account so those will be easy to reinstall without having to rebuy or enter purchase info etc. They will be listed under "Your Apps" in the Windows Store. A lot of settings can be saved/synced to your Live ID via One Drive's sync feature. No big deal, assuming your using a Live ID. If your not, your not using Metro Apps anyway. For installed programs, Belarc adviser is likely the way to go to save serials etc in case you do have to reinstall them.
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  10. Posts : 16,463
    Windows 11 Pro X64

    That would be a great perk if it's free. I'm happy with 8.1 but am looking forward to 9.
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