Windows 10: Windows Insiders will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 RTM for free

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  1. Posts : 92
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       13 May 2015 #111

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Not everybody will share that view though, that's life in the world of tech.
    I know there are people still on XP. Whatever floats your boat..
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  2.    13 May 2015 #112

    DavidY said: View Post
    I think there's one route for OEM installs of Windows 8.

    But I wonder how it will work for people like me who are running Windows 8 (actually 8.1) on an old XP Machine which I upgraded when the initial cheap upgrade was available, but with no key in the BIOS?
    Many of us are wondering how its going to work. I've gone back to 8.1 (Core) on my laptop, activated with my 8.0 (Core) embedded OEM factory key, just to test how it works when it finally happens. I also have an old desktop PC with a factory OEM Windows 7 install to test it out on. That way I can say "verified by me" instead of "I've seen it mentioned".
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  3.    13 May 2015 #113

    Gary said: View Post
    I know there are people still on XP. Whatever floats your boat..
    I have a few acquaintances, that when asked what Operating System is installed on their PC just say Windows. When asked what version, I get that deer in the headlight look. They don't care what it is as long as it keeps working.
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    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       13 May 2015 #114

    DavidY said: View Post
    I think there's one route for OEM installs of Windows 8.

    But I wonder how it will work for people like me who are running Windows 8 (actually 8.1) on an old XP Machine which I upgraded when the initial cheap upgrade was available, but with no key in the BIOS?
    If you have Windows 8.x on the PC, I don't think there would be a problem. You insert your bootable media (DVD or USB Flash Drive) and Windows 10 will install over the existing OS.

    As a proponent of clean installs, and if it were not possible (Microsoft isn't ready to give us full info on the mechanics yet) to do a clean install, I would format the hard drive and reinstall a clean copy of Windows 7 or 8.x. Once that's done, it's a simple job to install Windows 10 over it as an upgrade.

    BTW, I wouldn't install drivers or anything else before installing Windows 10.
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    W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
       13 May 2015 #115

    Wynona said: View Post
    If you have Windows 8.x on the PC, I don't think there would be a problem. You insert your bootable media (DVD or USB Flash Drive) and Windows 10 will install over the existing OS.

    As a proponent of clean installs, and if it were not possible (Microsoft isn't ready to give us full info on the mechanics yet) to do a clean install, I would format the hard drive and reinstall a clean copy of Windows 7 or 8.x. Once that's done, it's a simple job to install Windows 10 over it as an upgrade.

    BTW, I wouldn't install drivers or anything else before installing Windows 10.
    I would still install the chipset drivers, Ethernet drivers, printer and scanner drivers. Also wifi drivers if your system supports those.
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    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       13 May 2015 #116

    groze said: View Post
    I would still install the chipset drivers, Ethernet drivers, printer and scanner drivers. Also wifi drivers if your system supports those.
    I started to put "Comments?" after that last one.

    My thinking is that the OS will install all the drivers it knows about (and they should be considerable at its age). Windows 10 is showing its ability to get rid of things we already have installed, so why bother?
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  7.    13 May 2015 #117

    You should update the driver even if the OS finds the right driver for you
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    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       13 May 2015 #118

    RoasterMen said: View Post
    You should update the driver even if the OS finds the right driver for you
    That could be, but I won't do it until after Windows 10 is installed. Remember that I would only install Windows 10 as an upgrade in the event a clean installation isn't allowed. This would be a pristine installation of the "old" OS for the express purpose of upgrading it to Windows 10.
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  9.    13 May 2015 #119

    If you are new to the !0s you are probably saying this is the must be the most confusing thread I have ever read. There seem to be more confusing ideas as to what free means, and how it will be installed then tax bills in the U.S. State of California. . .
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  10.    13 May 2015 #120

    Produkey


    linw said: View Post
    Interesting, but magicjellybean produces a win 8 Pro key that is not my win 8 install key.

    It's also not the 10074 Insider key.

    Not going to agonise as I am sure it will work out in the end.
    Try Nirsoft's Produkey and compare against Magicjellybean and remember, if you installed the free Media Center that changed your key. Windows 8.1 with Media Center and Windows 8.1 have different keys
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