What happens to those free Windows 10 upgrades after July 29, 2016?

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  1. Posts : 14,576
    Windows 10 IoT
       #70

    AcuraTML said:
    Yes Sir!

    And that information will help many folks and should make note of this info
    there is info for Windows 8 and likely 10 on these forums. You may have to hunt for it though. I can remember similar threads only dealing with Windows 8 not 7.
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  2. Posts : 135
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       #71

    alphanumeric said:
    there is info for Windows 8 and likely 10 on these forums. You may have to hunt for it though. I can remember similar threads only dealing with Windows 8 not 7.
    @alphanumeric.

    Good Job and this information could be a life saver for some...
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  3. Posts : 14,576
    Windows 10 IoT
       #72

    AcuraTML said:
    @alphanumeric.

    Good Job and this information could be a life saver for some...
    It originally came about when people bought 7 Ultimate keys on e-bay. Did the Add features, then some time latter failed activation when the keys were blocked. Surprise surprise, Happened again with Windows 8/8.1 Pro e-bay keys. Some people never learn.
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  4. Posts : 135
    Windows 10 Enterprise (64-bit)
       #73

    alphanumeric said:
    It originally came about when people bought 7 Ultimate keys on e-bay. Did the Add features, then some time latter failed activation when the keys were blocked. Surprise surprise, Happened again with Windows 8/8.1 Pro e-bay keys. Some people never learn.

    I hear you and this clearly is why TechNet got pulled and MSDN is now also under the microscope for tighter policies and perhaps also scrapped at the end of the day for some reason or abuse and period end of chapter if a VP or the CEO feels that's what is required to implement...
    Last edited by AcuraTML; 05 Apr 2016 at 11:47.
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  5. Posts : 343
    Windows 10
       #74

    AcuraTML said:
    @orlbuckeye.

    I know I just used it as an example " free upgrade for life"

    They should extend it for the rest of the year " if I was them " free advertising doesn't hurt another marketing bill out of the way if they leave it this promotion till Jan 01 2017
    Well Windows has been dropping as a revenue source. If they get everyone to Windows 10 they will puch more people into a higher revenue generator the cloud. MS opening up to Linux is they can use it to use Microsoft could services.
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  6. Posts : 343
    Windows 10
       #75

    alphanumeric said:
    That is on a clean install. The PID.txt tells setup to install Pro instead of Home. I've been doing it since Windows 7. For Windows 8/8.1 I enter my MSDN key that was originally used on said PC. I have a custom install thumb drive for each PC I own. I also add an $OEM$ folder with the OEM branding for the system page etc.
    I had a pc with Windows 7 Home and did the Windows 7 Anytime upgrade to to go Windows 7 Ultimate. When I selected the anytime upgrade it asked if I wanted to buy a key or enter. I entered the Technet key which in theory changed it from a OEM to retail. The OEM keys are sequenced when issued to the OEM. The I did a Windows 10 upgrade to Pro from Windows 7 Ultimate. I also had a spare SSD that I popped in the be part of the Insiders and run the technican preview.
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  7. Posts : 14,576
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       #76

    orlbuckeye said:
    I had a pc with Windows 7 Home and did the Windows 7 Anytime upgrade to to go Windows 7 Ultimate. When I selected the anytime upgrade it asked if I wanted to buy a key or enter. I entered the Technet key which in theory changed it from a OEM to retail. The OEM keys are sequenced when issued to the OEM. The I did a Windows 10 upgrade to Pro from Windows 7 Ultimate. I also had a spare SSD that I popped in the be part of the Insiders and run the technican preview.
    Microsoft MVP's get a free MSDN subscription. I have a bunch of 10 keys I haven't used yet. I could have just used those. I only did the free upgrade for testing purposes. Looking for issues and pitfalls. It's easier to help people if you've seen the process first hand. Once that was done I did clean installs to get rid of any leftovers from the upgrade process. I'll take a clean install over an upgrade in any month with a week in it.
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  8. Posts : 5,281
    Win 10 Pro x64
       #77

    alphanumeric said:
    Microsoft MVP's get a free MSDN subscription. I have a bunch of 10 keys I haven't used yet. I could have just used those. I only did the free upgrade for testing purposes. Looking for issues and pitfalls. It's easier to help people if you've seen the process first hand. Once that was done I did clean installs to get rid of any leftovers from the upgrade process. I'll take a clean install over an upgrade in any month with a week in it.
    I've only used one Win 10 OS key so far on my free MSDN account which is a multi-activation key. :)
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  9. Posts : 14,576
    Windows 10 IoT
       #78

    badrobot said:
    I've only used one Win 10 OS key so far on my free MSDN account which is a multi-activation key. :)
    I've used an Enterprise key on my laptop, and an Education key on my main desktop. They also have digital entitlements for 10 Pro. My digital entitlements will be a backup in case Microsoft decides to blackball MSDN. I'm not expecting them to do it, but it's in the back of my mind with the big MVP program shakeup coming. And in case anybody asks, "what shakeup"? I'm not allowed to say anymore than that because its all under the NDA.
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    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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       #79

    [This article has been significantly revised and updated since its original publication. in January 2016]
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