Help me determine what version of Windows 10 I am legally entitled to

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       15 Jan 2017 #11

    Thanks for the info. But loopholes dont violate the EULAs. Kind of like the tax loopholes Trump has used to avoid paying taxes since the 90s.

    Linux has always been free, Apple made OSX free awhile back, Android is free, MS is the only company that hasnt jumped on the bandwagon by offering a forever free version of Windows. They now even want $$$ for Home.

    At this point I'll just stick with Linux. I wont break my principles under any circumstances.
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  2.    16 Jan 2017 #12

    AnonVendetta said: View Post
    Linux has always been free, Apple made OSX free awhile back, Android is free, MS is the only company that hasnt jumped on the bandwagon by offering a forever free version of Windows. They now even want $$$ for Home.
    Yes, Linux is free. And it's a great operating system that you can modify in which ever way you see fit.

    OSX isn't exactly free, since according to the EULA you HAVE to run it on Apple hardware. So, it's not like you can buy a pile of hardware and install OSX onto it.

    Microsoft has always charged for Windows. Even the most basic of versions. So your comments that "they now even want $$$ for Home", has always been the case. You can take advantage of the Windows upgrade anytime option. So, you can upgrade from the Core/Home package to Professional to get those features that you want. However, that's going to cost you like $100 to be legit, so that may or may not be an option for you.

    Unsure why the hatred for UAC. It's extremely similar to the sudo system or limited user access control within Linux, and Mac OSX also does a very similar thing. Every now and again you simply have to acknowledge that "yes, I want to elevate from a standard account to an admin account". It's certainly not something that you are going to endlessly face.

    I understand your belief that you are an admin user and should be able to do what you want, but UAC is there so that things like "browser hijacks" don't happen and your browser doesn't all of a sudden want to become an admin to install some malware. It's there to get your attention. If you expected it great, if you didn't expect it, it's a warning. It's like having an anti-virus that says, "woah, this file might be infected, what would you like to do".
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  3.    16 Jan 2017 #13

    AnonVendetta said: View Post
    force automatic updates, etc.
    Getting updates is a good thing. Sometimes people get infected or hit a bug that was previously fixed, but since they have elected to stay behind they simply don't know.

    With Windows, you don't own the software. You are accepting a license to run the software. Staying updated really is in Microsoft's best interest to have a stable and robust operating system. Like you said, if you don't like those terms, stick with with something else that you have more control over, like Linux.

    I'm using a MacBook Pro right now...but I do have 2 Windows laptops and 2 Windows desktops in my house. 1 is still on 8.1 Home, 1 is on 10 Home, and 2 are on 10 Pro. It does come at a cost, but unfortunately Linux doesn't cater to the gaming and the video editing software that my son is I pay for Windows licensing.

    Maybe someday Microsoft will include the OS in something like Office 365. I pay $99 a year for Office 365 and can install on 5 computers, and 5 tables, and 5 phones, and I get 1TB of OneDrive storage space for 5 different user accounts. That's a good deal for just $99 each year. A no-brainer for me.
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  4.    16 Jan 2017 #14

    AnonVendetta said: View Post
    I'm fairly certain that ShowKey is giving incorrect info. The PK it shows matches the one that RW-Everything gave. But it says 10 Core (same as Home). I know the diff between 8.1 and 10, 8.1 was factory-installed for sure. I'm just not sure which edition it was.
    How can you be sure it shows the incorrect info...?

    My guess is that if you had Win 8.1 at purchase, it was a downgrade on a Win 10 PC.
    As you wiped Win 8.1 from there - assume no backup? no recovery partition? - that key is now lost, unfortunately.
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  5.    16 Jan 2017 #15

    I did some research, and the model you claim to have "ASUS ZenBook UX305CA", shipped with Windows 10 brand new. It's one of the new Intel Skylake models, it would not have come with Windows 8.x

    According to spec page, it could have been either Windows 10 home or Windows 10 Pro.
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