I need more clarification on this, how exactly will the upgrade be handed out? I'm planning on a new PC build when school ends and I need to know whenether I can use this free upgrade to get a genuine copy on my new pc build installed since OS license.
EDIT: I think that what MS meant was that people didn't have to reinstall win7 first in order to be eligable for the upgrade
Contrary to what some have come to believe, one year doesn't mean we'll have a one year license to Windows 10. It will be for the life of the machine (whatever that turns out to be) and will be updated and patched the same as prior Windows versions.
We don't know how that "upgrade" will happen; whether we will be allowed to clean install or if we must upgrade the current OS on the machine. [I feel sure that one of the authors of Windows Tutorials will come up with a way to clean install if Microsoft doesn't "allow" it.]
We've been told the upgrade will be for the life of the machine; however, we haven't been told what the life of the machine is according to Microsoft.
From what I've gathered, there will be one version of Windows 10 for consumers; one size fits all, whether it be a tablet, laptop or desktop.
There are several trains of thought on this, and most think you will be able to use your Win 7 or 8.x key to install Windows 10. However, there are a whole lot of pirated keys that allow Windows 7 & 8 to be installed, so that would have to be covered. It could also be that Microsoft plans to "check the BIOS" for a prior key, which would leave those whose machines are more than a few years old, or those who built their machines more than a few years back kinda laying in the dirt. I'm sure there are other ways too, but I'll leave that for those far more knowledgeable than I to surmise on . . .EDIT: I think that what MS meant was that people didn't have to reinstall win7 first in order to be eligable for the upgrade
That's all the "further information" I know for sure, and it's not much, I'll admit.
How will Microsoft do keys that are OEMSLP for Windows 7 & 8? Windows 7 users will have access to the key on the back/bottom of the machine. Some Windows 8/8.1 from what I read won't have access to Oem key it is not listed anywhere. When OEMs use those pre-activated key, that internal key is used on more than one machine. I just hope Microsoft doesn't kill the OEMSLP key. For example one OEMSlp upgrade to windows 10 and the other user decided to keep windows 7. If Microsoft kills that key it would show legit systems as not legit.
It really wouldn't be that difficult to do. If you do a clean install Windows 10 can check to see if a valid key is available in the bios. If a key isn't found then Windows 10 could ask you to type in a valid key. If the key is valid then Windows 10 can install and activate. If the key is invalid the install can stop until a valid key is typed in. I think what Gabe meant was for those who installed Windows 10 over Windows 7 or 8.1 or a clean install will be able to update to Windows 10 final without reloading the earlier version of Windows. This way you could keep everything and not have to start over.
I'm running W10 in VMWare on W7 as I'm sure lots of other insiders are - so we will presumably have to delete that after a certain date and MS will update W7 to 10 if we want it. Personally, I'll stick with W7 at least for a while and see how W10 progresses.
There's nothing in it that I want at the present time - except Edge/Spartan doesn't seem bad.
They provide a key in the Insider Group. If you use that key then you would have a valid licensed OS.