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  1.    06 Oct 2014 #1
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    Free Windows 8 to Windows 10 Upgrade Useless, PC Makers...


    Windows 10 Preview is already here and all eyes are on the feature lineup that's going to be improved with every new testing builds release, but also on pricing details that could be unveiled by Microsoft at a later time.

    Even though Microsoft hasn't talked about the price of Windows 10 until now, there have been some voices indicating that Redmond is considering a free upgrade for Windows 8 users in order to boost adoption of its new operating system and to get more people off its modern OS, which was considered to be more or less a flop.

    Now it appears that PC makers aren't quite happy with such a promo because it could significantly impact new computer sales, and some have already expressed their dissatisfaction in private circles.

    A report by Digitimes reveals that notebook component makers “take a pessimistic attitude” about Windows 10 because they expect the new operating system to have a really low impact on new PC sales.
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  2.    06 Oct 2014 #2
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    All Microsoft needs to do is give the OEM's to manufacturers for free as well, for the first 12 months or so, then the manufacturers can pass the savings on to the consumer...... HAHAHA...HA!
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  3.    06 Oct 2014 #3
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    As my dad always says... just remember, everyone's after your money
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  4.    06 Oct 2014 #4
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    PC makers weren't happy at all with Windows 8, either, remember... Some of them were downright livid, in fact... That didn't stop Microsoft in the slightest. I'm hoping Microsoft will see the sense in offering Windows 8 customers a gratis upgrade to Windows 10 (and I think that will happen), simply because they promised for months to add a start menu to Windows 8 but put it off until Windows 10--so to honor that previous pledge to its Win8 customers, Win10 would have to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 customers.
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  5.    06 Oct 2014 #5
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    Now it appears that PC makers aren't quite happy with such a promo because it could significantly impact new computer sales, and some have already expressed their dissatisfaction in private circles.
    This sounds like a load of bunk to me. I would venture to say the majority of the consumers running W8 are doing so because it came on their new computers. So why would these same consumers turn around and buy another new computer just to run W10?
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  6.    06 Oct 2014 #6
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    What PC makers really need to be worried about is upgrade deals for Windows 7 users. Now, a number of people have actually liked Windows 8, but during the time that Windows 8 has been the main OS on store bought PCs, they have sold very poorly. A lot of Windows 7 users have foregone buying a new computer in order to avoid having to use Windows 8, which means their computers are mostly 2 or more years old. If PC manufacturers can dangle brand new PCs (especially those 2-in-1 laptops I think) with Windows 10 in there faces for a good deal, then they will most likely buy them. People who just bought a new computer, aren't going to buy another new computer just for Windows 10. However, if Windows 10 is available for cheap or free to Windows 7 users, then a lot of them might decide to hold out another 2-3 years before buying another PC.
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  7.    06 Oct 2014 #7
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    Oh! This is a good idea as well as bad too. If I was a writer I would have written a full novel on it. In short:
    Upgrading for free for Windows 8 users will be very useful for users ONLY because most of them were unsatisfied with W8 and they will be very happy to upgrade for free. But it will affect Microsoft (sure). Unfortunately most of the people don't buy Windows and download it from Internet for free instead. So, I guess minority will buy Windows 10! Also in my place if we go to Computer Shop they will surely give cracked version and they will sell that only for 3$, which will again give no profit to Microsoft.

    In my personal opinion, Upgrading should not be for FREE. They should impress others to buy Microsoft Windows 10 by their amazing features.

    Otherwise Upgrading at half price ???

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  8.    06 Oct 2014 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
    A lot of Windows 7 users have foregone buying a new computer in order to avoid having to use Windows 8, which means their computers are mostly 2 or more years old. If PC manufacturers can dangle brand new PCs (especially those 2-in-1 laptops I think) with Windows 10 in there faces for a good deal, then they will most likely buy them. People who just bought a new computer, aren't going to buy another new computer just for Windows 10. However, if Windows 10 is available for cheap or free to Windows 7 users, then a lot of them might decide to hold out another 2-3 years before buying another PC.
    Agreed.

    Given the low take-up rate for the W8 series I'm not sure what they are complaining about (unless they believe that people are only using it because they have no choice).

    IMO, people who are happy with the W8 series aren't likely to instantly upgrade to W10.

    A lot more people are using older versions of Windows (i.e. W7 & XP).
    Last edited by lehnerus2000; 06 Oct 2014 at 21:10. Reason: Quote Added, Clarification
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  9.    06 Oct 2014 #9
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    Windows 8 users getting a free copy I understand (primary because of the problems a great many had with 8, albeit giving Windows 7 users a free copy makes no sense because it is a five year OS, and most users really had little to no problems.
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  10.    06 Oct 2014 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Given the low take-up rate for the W8 series I'm not sure what they are complaining about (unless they believe that people are only using it because they have no choice).

    IMO, people who are happy with the W8 series aren't likely to instantly upgrade to W10.

    A lot more people are using older versions of Windows (i.e. W7 & XP).
    I'm sorry, but were disagreeing with me in someway or is there just a misunderstanding? You seemed to be saying more or less the same thing I was, which was that there are a lot less Windows 8 users than Windows 7 users, and those on Windows 8 are on new computers, so they won't be buying brand new ones soon anyways.
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