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  1. Posts : 96
    Windows 10 Pro v1703 64-bit
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    Windows 10 Free Upgrade - Activation.


    So, many Windows 7 and 8.1 users started getting the notification to reserve their free copies of Windows 10.

    But what about those insiders who clean installed the Insider Preview? (Not upgraded from an existing system).

    How will activation work?


    Gabe Aul said on twitter that we (insiders) are the "first in line" to get the free upgrade.

    Does this mean that people registered in the Windows Insider Program don't actually have to reserve anything?
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  2. Posts : 16,590
    Windows 11 Pro X64
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  3. Posts : 96
    Windows 10 Pro v1703 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       #3


    Yes, i know that everyone will get the upgrade.

    But i am concerned about the licensing side of things.

    So, will Microsoft actually give every Insider a valid license?
    Since the one that comes with the preview will expire?
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  4. Posts : 16,590
    Windows 11 Pro X64
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    WinInsiderBeta said:
    Yes, i know that everyone will get the upgrade.

    But i am concerned about the licensing side of things.

    So, will Microsoft actually give every Insider a valid license?
    Since the one that comes with the preview will expire?
    I have heard that they will, but have no link or proof of this.
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  5. Posts : 1,249
    Windows 8.1, Win10Pro
       #5

    The reservation process requires an email address. So, most likely, they will send you the license via email. That's what they did when I bought Win8 online from them.
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  6. Posts : 1
    Win 7
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    Anyone know yet if old Win 7 Technet licenses/activations will eligible for a free upgrades?
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  7. Posts : 3,257
    Windows 10 Pro
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    A license is a license. Microsoft doesn't have any way of knowing that a home or pro license was a TechNet license.
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  8. Posts : 3,453
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    Wibbly said:
    Anyone know yet if old Win 7 Technet licenses/activations will eligible for a free upgrades?
    No reason, I can think of, why not...time will tell though.

    Mystere said:
    A license is a license. Microsoft doesn't have any way of knowing that a home or pro license was a TechNet license.
    Not quite - the Product ID contains the distribution channel - that was how we isolated MSDN keys sold by scammers to unsuspecting Win7 users.
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  9. Posts : 2,520
    Win 11 x 64 Home on PC and Win 10 Pro x 64 on Surface 5.
       #9

    just got my confirmation email from MS and they tell me this also:

    Windows Offer Details
    Yes, free! This upgrade offer is for a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. 3GB download required; standard data rates apply. To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.

    Our lawyers made us say this:
    Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices, including devices you already own. Some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device and market. The availability of Windows 10 upgrade for Windows Phone 8.1 devices may vary by OEM, mobile operator or carrier. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside of this offer. To check for compatibility and other important installation information, visit your device manufacturer’s website and the Windows 10 Specifications page. Additional requirements may apply over time for updates. Security and features are kept automatically up-to-date which is always enabled.

    *Not available in all markets.


    Microsoft respects your privacy. Please read our online Privacy Statement.
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  10. Posts : 3
    windows 10
       #10

    I downloaded the insider preview on my laptop with what used to be Windows 7. My wife's laptop now has the icon on the task bar to reserve a copy of windows 10. Do I still have to reserve a copy?
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