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Windows 7: Genuine Windows and Windows 10

15 May 2015   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Genuine Windows and Windows 10

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This week we shared more details about Windows 10 editions. Today, I thought I would provide answers to some questions weve received regarding how this will work for Genuine vs. Non-Genuine Windows.

With Windows 10, we have extended an offer to our Genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Once a customer upgrades, they will continue to receive ongoing Windows innovation and security updates for free, for the supported lifetime of that device.

These customers purchased their Genuine Windows license from our valued OEM partners, which ensures Windows is properly installed, licensed, and not tampered with. Windows 10 offers our customers an even more secure and modern experience. Bringing all of our customers to Windows 10 improves the ecosystem for developers which makes Windows better for all of our customers. We are working hard to make the in-place upgrade experience from Windows 7 or Windows 8, to Windows 10, seamless for the customer. Throughout the Windows world, I am humbled by the excitement being associated with this opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10.

When we cant verify that Windows is properly installed, licensed, and not tampered with, we create a desktop watermark to notify the user. If you ever encounter this watermark on a new machine, I encourage you to return the device immediately to the retailer from whom you purchased it and request a Genuine Windows device. Non-Genuine Windows has a high risk of malware, fraud, public exposure of your personal information, and a higher risk for poor performance or feature malfunctions. Non-Genuine Windows is not supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner.

Microsoft and our OEM partners know that many consumers are unwitting victims of piracy, and with Windows 10, we would like all of our customers to move forward with us together. While our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows devices, and as weve always done, we will continue to offer Windows 10 to customers running devices in a Non-Genuine state. In addition, in partnership with some of our valued OEM partners, we are planning very attractive Windows 10 upgrade offers for their customers running one of their older devices in a Non-Genuine state. Please stay tuned to learn more from our partners on the specifics of their offers.

Windows 10 is still in development and we wont be able to answer all questions yet, but I hope this provides some clarification on important topics. If youd like to help shape the future of Windows and contribute to Windows 10, please join the Windows Insider Program, where you can download technical previews of Windows 10 and provide us valuable feedback.

Thank you for your support of Windows and our Windows partners by choosing genuine Windows 10.

Terry
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15 May 2015   #2
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Looks like non genuine installs will get a discount. And Genuine is a free upgrade.
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15 May 2015   #3
jamis

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
 
 

I'm now confused. When the opportunity arises, please explain this statement further.

"With Windows 10, we have extended an offer to our Genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Once a customer upgrades, they will continue to receive ongoing Windows innovation and security updates for free, for the supported lifetime of that device."

Does that mean if I upgrade my PC during this free offer period, I won't have to pay for W10 ever on this system unit? What is the start and end date of this free offer? Thanks.
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15 May 2015   #4
FerchogtX

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
 
 

I wonder what are they gonna do to detect non-genuine installs... I don't know why, but I feel they will check this state the same way they did when you wanted to download XP Mode... and if that's the case, I feel this version will be free for everyone ha! Well, at least I feel Windows 7 users have a better chance to upgrade for free anyways... you know *coughloaderorSLICactivations*...

I really hope this works for both consumer and them... Windows 8 proved to be a fail in every aspect, Windows 10 seems to improve, but not that much (still trying to shove that store thing on our throats)... Personally, if my OEM laptop is worthy for upgrade, I guess I will give it a try, the Technical Previews aren't that bad, and certainly, in some cases, it even gets better performance than Windows 7 (not too much, but still)...
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15 May 2015   #5
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jamis View Post
I'm now confused. When the opportunity arises, please explain this statement further.

"With Windows 10, we have extended an offer to our Genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Once a customer upgrades, they will continue to receive ongoing Windows innovation and security updates for free, for the supported lifetime of that device."

Does that mean if I upgrade my PC during this free offer period, I won't have to pay for W10 ever on this system unit? What is the start and end date of this free offer? Thanks.
The way I understand it, Yes. Windows 10 inherits the current license of the OS on the PC your upgrading. Example, if its a Windows 7 OEM install your Windows 10 will licensed and free for the life of that device. That Windows 10 install will also be non transferable to any other device. That's my spin on it anyway.

EDIT: As far as I know that one year period is from the official release date of Windows 10.
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15 May 2015   #6
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I'm pretty sure they'll be looking for any SLIC loader activations. It's not like they don't know what people are doing to cheat activation.
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15 May 2015   #7
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

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I'm pretty sure they'll be looking for any SLIC loader activations. It's not like they don't know what people are doing to cheat activation.

Just as long as Microsoft accepts Oemslp pre-activation for windows 10 and not turn off those who choose to keep windows 7. See Dell & others Oems use one Oemslp pre-activated key that can't be activated online. That key is used on more than one system though.
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16 May 2015   #8
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

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I'm pretty sure they'll be looking for any SLIC loader activations. It's not like they don't know what people are doing to cheat activation.

Just as long as Microsoft accepts Oemslp pre-activation for windows 10 and not turn off those who choose to keep windows 7. See Dell & others Oems use one Oemslp pre-activated key that can't be activated online. That key is used on more than one system though.
Yes I know, I think I'm the one that told you that.

A SLIC loader is a trick to fool Windows into thinking its installed on a PC that has a SLIC table in the BIOS when it really doesn't. It's not the same thing as the real OEM activation. Can't say much more about it or I could get into trouble with the forum moderators. Piracy is a forbidden subject.

What Microsoft could do is make you type in the code on the OEM COA sticker. OEM PC's will have it, the fakes won't. Problem solved, sort of. The downside is if the sticker is worn or scratched and you can't make out the product code. Then your in a pickle.
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16 May 2015   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

"Very attractive offers"

Gee I hope that also applies to new 10 oem's instead of just upgrading offers.
I doubt I'll ever wipe out 7 just for 10 where's the fun in that.
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16 May 2015   #10
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

I'm still on the fence as far as using Windows 10 full time goes. I'll upgrade, run it for a while and have a look see. Then maybe keep it. I don't like the new Start menu/screen all that much. AMD needs to fix the CCC issues too or its a no go on my laptop. I have MSDN so I'll get product codes anyway. I'll initially do upgrades just to see how and if it works. I've had issues with upgrading to 10 in the past. After that it will be clean installs when needed.
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