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  1. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 84
    Windows 10
       26 Jul 2015 #1181

    Fafhrd said: View Post
    It can be a little more complex than that though. It may be possible to purchase OEM versions of Windows 7 or 8 to build your own system from, at a lower cost than the Retail versions. These will be readily and freely upgradeable to 10 in the next 12 months.
    Also there are various editions: Introducing Windows 10 Editions | Blogging Windows

    On top of this, if you are a "tinkerer", there are always trial versions of Windows around - usually the business (ENTERPRISE) time limited trial or development versions, which are free to use like the Insider Program, which is a rolling beta development for Windows 10 Pro and Home editions.
    Good points! Thank you!
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  2. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 706
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 15014
       26 Jul 2015 #1182

    My experience of transferring Win 8.1 retail license to another machine was terrible. MS made it so difficult and unfriendly.
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 706
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 15014
       26 Jul 2015 #1183

    I have a question right now:

    If I upgraded to Windows 10 from my retail licensed Windows 8.1 Machine. Can I then freely transfer to another machine and stay as retailed licensee?
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  4. Joined : Dec 2013
    Portsmouth Hampshire
    Posts : 1,197
    Windows 10 x86 14383 Insider Pro and Core 10240
       26 Jul 2015 #1184

    If you "roll your own" PC there is an amazing choice available to you. Windows is no longer the resource hog it was 8 or so years ago, and since Windows 7, there has been a slimming down of features and an increase in performance for Windows systems, as well as excellent stability and security. My specs show a modestly specified ten year old machine, and it has no problems with performance - of course I don't play games or do video editing, but normal use it is fine with.

    With a well spec'd new system and an SSD for fast boots, 10 will fly.

    I have to say that I have no experience with transferring retail Windows Licenses. I guess that confidence will count for a lot, and not losing your rag when some agent is uncooperative. I do Intend to transfer a retail channel Windows 8.1 license, soon, and it is my right to do so under the terms of the license I have, so I don't anticipate problems.

    Windows 10 upgrade will inherit the retail characteristics of the system upgraded from definitely.
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  5. Joined : Apr 2014
    Posts : 599
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview (14971)
       26 Jul 2015 #1185

    jyusa said: View Post
    I have a question right now:

    If I upgraded to Windows 10 from my retail licensed Windows 8.1 Machine. Can I then freely transfer to another machine and stay as retailed licensee?
    I believe not. Even though your 8.1 was a retail license, I believe the new license for yout 10 will be Upgrade, good for the life of that machine only. But I could be wrong...
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 706
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 15014
       26 Jul 2015 #1186

    Hopefully. We'll see... how MS will proceed this. Maybe I will get a another Windows 10 retail license.
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  7. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 9,154
    W10Prox64
       26 Jul 2015 #1187

    sgage said: View Post
    I believe not. Even though your 8.1 was a retail license, I believe the new license for yout 10 will be Upgrade, good for the life of that machine only. But I could be wrong...
    hmm...I disagree. I think retail license upgrades to retail license. However, if he's looking to upgrade one rig using the 8.1 license to W10, and then transfer the 8.1 license to another rig, he'd had to remove W10 from the first rig. You don't get 2 installations out of one key.
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  8. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,939
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       26 Jul 2015 #1188

    sgage said: View Post
    I believe not. Even though your 8.1 was a retail license, I believe the new license for yout 10 will be Upgrade, good for the life of that machine only. But I could be wrong...
    I think you're correct. If someone tries to install their copy of Win10 from the upgrade on a new device it might not activate.
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  9. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 9,154
    W10Prox64
       26 Jul 2015 #1189

    Fafhrd said: View Post
    It can be a little more complex than that though. It may be possible to purchase OEM versions of Windows 7 or 8 to build your own system from, at a lower cost than the Retail versions. These will be readily and freely upgradeable to 10 in the next 12 months. [snip]
    Although we should point out here, that the OEM system builder terms specifically state that you must be installing on a system for resale. In other words, you can't buy an OEM version and put it on your own built-from-scratch system, per the terms. Someone has to buy it and re-sell it to you.

    Just sayin'.
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  10. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 706
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 15014
       26 Jul 2015 #1190

    BunnyJ said: View Post
    I think you're correct. If someone tries to install their copy of Win10 from the upgrade on a new device it might not activate.
    Either case, to be safe, it's better now to transfer my Windows 8.1 retail to my newly build machine before upgrade to Windows 10.
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