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  1.    29 Apr 2015 #21
    Join Date : Jan 2014
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    Host W8.0 x64 Guest W10 x86

    I got an email today that told me I should upgrade to 8.1 (I am running 8.0) so that I can get the Free Upgrade to W10. The rest was all marketing sparkle. No details about versions and levels like Pro/core etc..
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  2.    29 Apr 2015 #22
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 2,502
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview

    Are not Windows 8.1 and W7 activation keys tied to either your mobo or bios?
    This would if true only allow bona fide customers to upgrade to W10.

    Also again if true those who have clean installed 10071 from earlier W7 or W8.1 on the same computer should have no problems upgrading, but pirated copies would not be able to upgrade.
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  3.    30 Apr 2015 #23
    Join Date : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 10,606
    Windows 10 IoT

    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    Are not Windows 8.1 and W7 activation keys tied to either your mobo or bios?
    This would if true only allow bona fide customers to upgrade to W10.

    Also again if true those who have clean installed 10071 from earlier W7 or W8.1 on the same computer should have no problems upgrading, but pirated copies would not be able to upgrade.
    For Windows 8 PC's with OEM installs, the product code is in the BIOS. If its an off the shelf motherboard though, there is no Windows 8 product code in the BIOS. My laptops have a Windows 8 code in the BIOS, my two desktop PC's don't. I'm not sure if the Windows 10 even looks at the Windows 8 code, not yet anyway with the Insider preview. They could easily read it out if they wanted too though. If you had installed a Retail version of Windows 8 and then clean install Windows 10, Windows 10 isn't going to know what code was used for Windows 8.
    Windows 7 OEM PC's use a SLIC table in the BIOS. It has OEM activation info, but does not contain a product code. If you clean install Windows 10 on a Windows 7 PC, Windows has no way of knowing what key was used originally, or what version of Windows 7 was installed from the factory. The OEM Windows 7 install media determines that. Windows 7 OEM installs don't activate online, and all use a generic Manufacturer product code. Same deal here if the original install was with Retail media. Windows 10 isn't going to know what key was used for that install if you've wiped it and clean installed Windows 10.
    It's not as easy to keep track of as you think. Some activation info is stored at Microsoft, but what and how much is any bodies guess. They aren't saying.
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  4.    30 Apr 2015 #24
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    UK
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    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    I got an email today that told me I should upgrade to 8.1 (I am running 8.0) so that I can get the Free Upgrade to W10. The rest was all marketing sparkle. No details about versions and levels like Pro/core etc..
    I got an email yesterday saying I need to upgrade to 8.1 to get the free offer

    I am running 8.1 though, so not sure if this is just a generic email
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  5.    30 Apr 2015 #25
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 2,502
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview

    Correct me if I am wrong, didn't M$ during the last monthly update post a KB number to all W7 and W8.1 users which will be used to identify that only eligible computers can obtain an upgrade to W10?
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  6.    30 Apr 2015 #26
    Join Date : Mar 2015
    Posts : 142
    Windows 10 Pro Edition Build 16299.64

    Hi All,
    I also received that e-mail message about updating to windows 8.1, as I remember it also included some kind of link so you could check and see if you already had 8.1 installed. It said if you had the magnifying glass image showing on the modern tile page, 8.1 was already installed on your computer.
    David
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  7.    30 Apr 2015 #27
    Join Date : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 24,523
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by Davy49 View Post
    Hi All,
    I also received that e-mail message about updating to windows 8.1, as I remember it also included some kind of link so you could check and see if you already had 8.1 installed. It said if you had the magnifying glass image showing on the modern tile page, 8.1 was already installed on your computer.
    David
    Looks like Win10 is getting ready to make a full appearance soon.
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  8.    30 Apr 2015 #28
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Land of 10,000 lakes
    Posts : 10,382
    W10 Pro, W10 Home

    Quote Originally Posted by Davy49 View Post
    Hi All,
    I also received that e-mail message about updating to windows 8.1, as I remember it also included some kind of link so you could check and see if you already had 8.1 installed. It said if you had the magnifying glass image showing on the modern tile page, 8.1 was already installed on your computer.
    David
    I got the same E-mail and everything on my W8.1 install is apparently good to go!
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  9.    30 Apr 2015 #29
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    Posts : 91
    64-bit 10240 10 Pro

    I am in The Insiders Program, there must be something to this as I received an email from them wanting to know if I wanted to update Windows 7.
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  10.    30 Apr 2015 #30
    Join Date : Apr 2015
    Posts : 44
    Windows

    I have the same offer. I'M already on Windows 8.1. lol. Not going to do this because I like my triple boot set up.
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