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

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  1.    13 May 2015 #121

    Lee said: View Post
    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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  2.    14 May 2015 #122

    RoasterMen said: View Post
    You should update the driver even if the OS finds the right driver for you
    IMHO, only if your missing some functionality with a device. About the only driver I manually update to the latest and greatest these days is my Video card driver, and only because I game a little bit. Other than that, its just touch pad drivers so the two finger scroll etc works. At one time I would religiously hunt up the latest driver for all my hardware, mostly because it didn't work with the Windows stock drivers. Those days are pretty well gone now. Even my HP laser printer and all in one install silently in the background first time I turn them on. No messing with the bundled software and bloat programs I don't want. On my desktop PC the VIA onboard sound is the only thing that doesn't work out of the box on a clean install. It's never detected for what ever reason. On my laptop, its just the extra functions on my touchpad. If your a serious gamer, yes you'll likely want to update your drivers, especially chip-set and video. The average Joe, not so much.

    If I was installing an OS and I knew I was going to upgrade it to another right away. I wouldn't bother updating any drivers manually at all. Not unless I had to for compatibility.
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       14 May 2015 #123

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    IMHO, only if your missing some functionality with a device. About the only driver I manually update to the latest and greatest these days is my Video card driver, and only because I game a little bit. Other than that, its just touch pad drivers so the two finger scroll etc works. At one time I would religiously hunt up the latest driver for all my hardware, mostly because it didn't work with the Windows stock drivers. Those days are pretty well gone now. Even my HP laser printer and all in one install silently in the background first time I turn them on. No messing with the bundled software and bloat programs I don't want. On my desktop PC the VIA onboard sound is the only thing that doesn't work out of the box on a clean install. It's never detected for what ever reason. On my laptop, its just the extra functions on my touchpad. If your a serious gamer, yes you'll likely want to update your drivers, especially chip-set and video. The average Joe, not so much.

    If I was installing an OS and I knew I was going to upgrade it to another right away. I wouldn't bother updating any drivers manually at all. Not unless I had to for compatibility.
    Updating drivers/BIOS can even cause problems if you don't need the specific tweak(usually for new hardware) it offers. You won't get any new functions for your specific piece of hardware. For example Catalyst only show what my AMD video card was designed for, none of the new stuff shows up.

    Definition:
    A device driver is a small piece of software that tells the operating system and other software how to communicate with a piece of hardware.
    For example, all printers come accompanied with drivers to install that tell the operating system exactly how to print information on the page. Sound card drivers tell your software exactly how to translate data into audio signals that the card can output to a set of speakers.
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  4.    14 May 2015 #124

    Roger said: View Post
    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
    Yes, I know the WMC key is different and I know what it is. Tried Produkey and it gives a different one from Magicjelly AND my win8 and WMC install keys!

    Heaven knows where these keys are being pulled from!
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  5.    14 May 2015 #125

    linw said: View Post
    Yes, I know the WMC key is different and I know what it is. Tried Produkey and it gives a different one from Magicjelly AND my win8 and WMC install keys!

    Heaven knows where these keys are being pulled from!
    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html try option 5.
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       14 May 2015 #126

    http://www.techspot.com/article/1002...not-explained/

    This from Techspot will add more confusion.
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  7.    14 May 2015 #127

    Tried it and it found another unrecognised key!!

    I'm just hoping MS will recognise my old emailed WMC key!
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  8.    15 May 2015 #128

    linw said: View Post
    Tried it and it found another unrecognised key!!

    I'm just hoping MS will recognise my old emailed WMC key!
    Are your looking for your current Windows 10 Tech Preview key? If you did an upgrade install its likely a key you've never seen before. A new one generated by Microsoft. There is a thread stating no Media Center for Windows 10. You can't install with those keys anyway.
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