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Windows 7: Specific upgrade paths to get to all versions of Windows 10

03 Jun 2015   #61
ThrashZone

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In order to get win-10 it is required to have a prior version installed win-7 or 8.1
That is not a free if it were really free no prior version would be required.
That's not negativity just facts.


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03 Jun 2015   #62
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
In order to get win-10 it is required to have a prior version installed win-7 or 8.1
That is not a free if it were really free no prior version would be required.
That's not negativity just facts.
In order to get windows 7 or windows 8, having a prior version will not help you. You have to pay for it.

In this context windows 10 is definitely free to a legitimate user.
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03 Jun 2015   #63
z3r010

 

It's a free upgrade FFS
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03 Jun 2015   #64
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
I was referring to the info in Post #38 as
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if you're upgrading from a Retail 7 or 8 licence then the free upgrade will also be a retail (upgrade) licence and will be transferable.
You'll notice farther down in that link the following quote:

"What happens if I change my motherboard?

This will invalidate the Windows 10 upgrade license because it will no longer have a previous based qualifying license which is required for the free upgrade. You will then have to purchase a full retail Windows 10 license."

That quote appears under a reference to OEM, but it does not explicitly say that the quote is in reference to OEM only. That is, it does not explicitly say that if you have a retail 7 license and take the free upgrade to Win 10 retail, that you can then change motherboards and rebuild indefinitely just as you can now with a Windows 7 retail license. You can make that inference if you want to, but it is not explicit, leaving room for doubt.

Assuming the free upgrade to Win 10 retail does in fact allow you to change boards and rebuild at will, then the major remaining sticking points for me would be:

1: I've got 7 Home Premium retail. Am I willing to stay with 10 Home even though it apparently will give less control over Win 10 updates than 10 Pro would?

2: How exactly is a clean install to be done if you accept the "free upgrade" from Win 7 retail to Win 10 retail? Hoops to jump through, difficulty, restrictions, if any?
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03 Jun 2015   #65
z3r010

 

From twitter

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03 Jun 2015   #66
ThrashZone

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Good to know,
I'll be more interested in a system builder license and not the free upgrade.
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03 Jun 2015   #67
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
From twitter
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Some really nice information, John.

If I go to windows 10 from retail windows 7, will it continue the features of retail? That means, shall I be able to change the motherboard without losing the license?

Any confirmation about it will be great.
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03 Jun 2015   #68
z3r010

 

The way I read it is that the upgrade is per device, so if you changed mobo you need a new Windows 10 license, however imo if the upgrade 10 license is no longer valid then the Windows 7 retail should kick back in.
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03 Jun 2015   #69
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I also think in the same way, just wanting to have a hope. A confirmation form Gabe Aul would be great.
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03 Jun 2015   #70
ignatzatsonic

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I haven't seen anything more detailed than this quote from a MS MVP "Community Moderator" at the link found in post 38 in this thread:

"If you upgrade from a retail version, it carries the rights of a retail version."

On the face of it and if taken literally, you could then change motherboards at will indefinitely, one machine at a time, into the future if you "free upgrade" from retail Win 7 to retail Win 10. Those are the rights of a retail Windows 7 license as it stands now.

I don't have the slightest idea if that quote can be taken literally.
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