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  1. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 96
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, Insider Preview.
       01 Sep 2015 #1

    Expiration (Timebomb) on Pre-Release Windows Builds - Why?


    My first experience with a pre-release build was back in 2009, with Windows 7 RC.

    I noticed something: There was an expiration date for it.
    Later i learned that the expiration is called a "Timebomb" and prevents the OS from working properly after a certain date, by deactivating it's license and disabling some important features.

    But what exactly is the purpose of it?
    Linux alphas, betas and RCs don't expire, OS X ones don't expire as well, as far as i know.
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  2.    01 Sep 2015 #2

    WinInsiderBeta said: View Post
    But what exactly is the purpose of it?
    I'd imagine Microsoft want to earn some money for their shareholders. What do you think?
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  3. Joined : Jan 2014
    Carencro, LA 70520
    Posts : 7,630
    Windows 10
       01 Sep 2015 #3

    WinInsiderBeta said: View Post
    My first experience with a pre-release build was back in 2009, with Windows 7 RC.

    I noticed something: There was an expiration date for it.
    Later i learned that the expiration is called a "Timebomb" and prevents the OS from working properly after a certain date, by deactivating it's license and disabling some important features.

    But what exactly is the purpose of it?
    Linux alphas, betas and RCs don't expire, OS X ones don't expire as well, as far as i know.
    Because Windows is not FREE but the other OS mention are free.
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  4. Joined : Apr 2014
    Posts : 599
    Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview (14971)
       01 Sep 2015 #4

    WinInsiderBeta said: View Post
    My first experience with a pre-release build was back in 2009, with Windows 7 RC.

    I noticed something: There was an expiration date for it.
    Later i learned that the expiration is called a "Timebomb" and prevents the OS from working properly after a certain date, by deactivating it's license and disabling some important features.

    But what exactly is the purpose of it?
    Linux alphas, betas and RCs don't expire, OS X ones don't expire as well, as far as i know.
    Other than the fact that Windows is not a 'free' OS, MS doesn't want pre-release versions out there forever, with their bugs, feature glitches, and possible security issues. It makes a lot of sense to have them simply stop working after a time.

    In the case of Linux, e.g., it's free, and there are new versions coming along (for free) every so often. It's just really a whole different dynamic.
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  5. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 96
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, Insider Preview.
       01 Sep 2015 #5

    Thanks for your replies sgage and labeeman.
    Now i think i understand.
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  6. Joined : Oct 2014
    Polk County Texas USA
    Posts : 11,659
    Windows 10 Insider Preview
       02 Sep 2015 #6

    WinInsiderBeta said: View Post
    My first experience with a pre-release build was back in 2009, with Windows 7 RC.

    I noticed something: There was an expiration date for it.
    Later i learned that the expiration is called a "Timebomb" and prevents the OS from working properly after a certain date, by deactivating it's license and disabling some important features.

    But what exactly is the purpose of it?
    Linux alphas, betas and RCs don't expire, OS X ones don't expire as well, as far as i know.

    If Microsoft leaves it out there in the wild forever, some (not all) people who find it adequate for their particular needs would never pay for it; they'd just continue to use it forever.

    There would also be those unscrupulous individuals/companies that would sell a half-baked OS (very few know the difference between a beta and RTM) to unsuspecting victims.

    Also, once those unsuspecting victims would start to complain to Microsoft when things didn't work like they thought they should. Black eye for Microsoft.

    And finally, sites like TenForums would be inundated with unsuspecting victims needing help with a half-baked OS!
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  7. Joined : Jul 2015
    PA, USA
    Posts : 462
    Windows 10 Pro (Mix of Builds) / Linux Mint
       02 Sep 2015 #7

    As above.

    Pre-release OS has lots of extra code, bugs, etc. No reason for it to exist anywhere after the main release and continued updates.
    Its nothing new here, been that way for all pre-release software.
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  8. Joined : Nov 2013
    Idaho USA
    Posts : 4,534
    OS X, Win 10
       02 Sep 2015 #8

    halasz said: View Post
    I'd imagine Microsoft want to earn some money for their shareholders. What do you think?
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  9. Joined : Nov 2013
    Idaho USA
    Posts : 4,534
    OS X, Win 10
       02 Sep 2015 #9

    . . .to all the above including my Ditto. . .
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  10. Joined : Aug 2015
    Penn's Woods
    Posts : 1,176
    Windows 10 Home
       02 Sep 2015 #10

    Wynona said: View Post
    <SNIP>Also, once those unsuspecting victims would start to complain to Microsoft when things didn't work like they thought they should. Black eye for Microsoft.

    And finally, sites like TenForums would be inundated with unsuspecting victims needing help with a half-baked OS!
    LOL - I just applied this part of your post to Win 10 RTM situation and thought: Hmmm, it's kinda like Win 10 RTM, with a one year jump on it while it's free schema, is a reverse time-bomb.

    I don't necessarily lay the problems entirely at the feet of the OS itself but instead wonder if the whole thing couldn't have been better communicated - maybe that's an unrealistic expectation on my part.
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