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  1.    14 Feb 2016 #1
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    Insider preview expired


    A friend of mine's laptop has insider preview installed and activated with a Microsoft account. The current version has expired and he can't boot to desktop. Can I get the latest insider preview iso and reactivate how Win 10 insider preview. How do I go about this?
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  2.    14 Feb 2016 #2
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    I would need more info.

    1. Before there is the now expired Insider Preview, what was the previous operating system running in that computer ?
    If it was Win 7.................... which edition ? Home Basic, Home Premium, Pro, Ultimate ?
    If it was Win 8/8.1.....................which edition ? Home or Pro ?
    Was the copy genuine ?

    2. Do you have the product key for that previous operating system.
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  3.    15 Feb 2016 #3
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    The laptop had no prior operating system. The laptop was installed with insider preview w/ a Microsoft account and was activated.

    He forgot to have upgrade Win 10. The last upgrade was about 2 months ago. He's a busy guy.
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  4.    15 Feb 2016 #4
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    I am sorry.
    Something does not match.
    A) How does one install an Insider Preview on a computer which has no operating system ?

    B) Insider Preview cannot get expired. Whenever a new one is released, it will be installed ...................................
    1. automatically by the system via Windows Update, or
    2. the user does that manually via Windows Update.

    I apologize. I don't know how to help you.
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  5.    15 Feb 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidhk View Post
    How does one install an Insider Preview on a computer which has no operating system ?.
    You download the ISO, put it on a USB key and clean install it.

    Before June last year you could then activate it with a generic key. As long as you were running a licensed insider build at that time then when you upgraded to RTM 10240 it became permanently activated. You need not have been running any other OS on that machine.

    You had to upgrade these insider builds by October 15th (when they expired) to get this.

    Today; if you haven't upgraded, you can't boot these old insider builds. You could perhaps set the BIOS date back to September but if Microsoft gives you a digital entitlement (considering they know what day it is really) I'd be amazed.

    @Slugger - your friend has missed out I think.
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  6.    15 Feb 2016 #6
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    This is an excerpt from this thread Solved Frequently Asked Questions about the Windows 10 Free upgrade - Windows 10 Forums in the general discussion forum. You could show it to him.

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  7.    15 Feb 2016 #7
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    The topic raised by the OP is about........................Insider Preview.
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  8.    15 Feb 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnC View Post
    This is an excerpt from this thread
    It's not true though just because lifehacker says so. I have machines activated without an underlying license and so do many others.

    Microsoft gave licenses to active insiders who were not using qualifying OS (unless you think they somehow forgot what generic keys they gave out and did it by mistake).
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  9.    15 Feb 2016 #9
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    Here's what I see on the screen. I'm burning a new insider CD and upgrading again.

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  10.    15 Feb 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by lx07 View Post
    You could perhaps set the BIOS date back to September but if Microsoft gives you a digital entitlement (considering they know what day it is really) I'd be amazed.
    I think it would still be worth a try.
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