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  1. Joined : Jan 2014
    Carencro, LA 70520
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       03 Jun 2015 #1

    The Free Windows 10 Will Support Unlimited Clean Installs


    Windows 10 will be offered free of charge to those who upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, but since a genuine product key is automatically upgraded to Windows 10 once you complete the transition, many wondered whether a clean install is possible or not.

    Microsoft has confirmed today, through the voice of Gabe Aul, head of the Windows Insider program, that clean installs will be possible for those who upgrade to Windows 10 for free from any of the supported Windows versions, but no other details have been provided.

    He has mentioned that you will be able to clean install Windows 10 on that PC at any given time for as many times as you want, so probably, your product key for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 can be used for re-activating Windows 10 automatically in case that happens.

    “You will not need your 8.1 key, the same device will reactivate once it has been successfully upgraded to 10,” Aul has explained.

    Windows 10 will be supported on PCs and laptops eligible for the free upgrade for the entire life of the device, so once the one-year free upgrade window comes to an end, you will continue to receive updates and security patches.
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  2.    03 Jun 2015 #2

    This was one of the concepts we tried to wrap our minds around back then... Windows 9 Will Support Unlimited Activations on Same Hardw - Windows 10 Forums

    Thus, assuming the underlying OS qualifies for the upgrade vis-a-vis specification and legality, the MSA and deviceID is linked to the activation of the upgrade and any subsequent installations on that device, using the same MSA, will not require a key.
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  3. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,939
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       03 Jun 2015 #3

    It's good news.. I hope the source has it right this time.
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  4. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 600
    Windows 10 Pro
       03 Jun 2015 #4

    great news indeed
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  5. Joined : Oct 2013
    Standish, Lancashire
    Posts : 4,794
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       03 Jun 2015 #5

    I've added all the reliant tweets to the first post for clarity.
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  6. Joined : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 6,999
    All kinds
       03 Jun 2015 #6

    Oh good, that's way better than we expected.
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  7. Joined : Dec 2013
    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 8,246
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       03 Jun 2015 #7
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  8.    03 Jun 2015 #8

    Good news indeed. I still want to know what happens when we replace/upgrade components (Motherboard and HDD in particular). Hopefully they will clarify soon.
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  9. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 303
    10x64
       03 Jun 2015 #9

    Flik said: View Post
    Good news indeed. I still want to know what happens when we replace/upgrade components (Motherboard and HDD in particular). Hopefully they will clarify soon.
    Lack of info here is beginning to bother me as well. People have been wondering what the "gotcha" might be behind the free upgrade...if it's true that from now on that every licensed copy of Windows is tied to a specific piece of hardware...then that is exactly like OEM versions work today with Win7/8. You can clean install OEM Windows an infinite number of times right now, but the catch is that that's only true on the original motherboard...! If that what's Microsoft means, then I fear that is not going to make people happy--not at all.
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  10. Joined : Oct 2013
    N Calif
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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 (laptop), W10Pro (tablet)
       03 Jun 2015 #10

    waltc said: View Post
    ... You can clean install OEM Windows an infinite number of times right now, but the catch is that that's only true on the original motherboard...! If that what's Microsoft means, then I fear that is not going to make people happy--not at all.
    Why would you expect it to work any differently?
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