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Windows 7: Still confused about Win-10

02 Jul 2017   #1

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)
Still confused about Win-10

I am still using Win-7 on 4 machines and two XPs

For over 3 hours I have searched for info about Win-10
- all search results, so far are dated 2015 to 2016 or undated.

Read Brinks tute Compare Windows 7 Editions a lot of claims and counter claims as on other Microsoft articles, blogs, opinions. So many official MS webpages are undated.

I have several questions.

Is Win 10 PRO a one off purchase for ever. ?
- in one place Win-10 EOL is stated as 2025 (8 years time)

In early days of Win-10 fever it was suggested that Win-10 will be by subscription
- in one blog the answer was yes, then no, now maybe. ?

It looks like there are only two editions (for us peasants) Home and PRO
- obviously there must be an Enterprise edition, but E is irrelevant to me.

So I assume Starter, Home Basic, and Ultimate no longer exist in Win-10 ?

Price websites do not clarify Retail or OEM, unless there are secret codes in the product numbers.

I would appreciate any help
- please no trite "just get Win-10"

Thank you

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02 Jul 2017   #2

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

As of the last Information, Microsoft were still accepting valid legal Win7 Keys for the Free upgrade - though this is not advertised and the offer is officially closed, but could save you some money, if you install whilst this is still the case.

The stated licensing for windows 10 is that it is "the Last Windows you will own" as it is intended that there will be a major Free upgrade once or twice a year - Eventually I can see the 10 being dropped and the Windows Brand being pushed.

There has been nothing about a subscription model for Windows from anyone who actually matters (ie Microsoft), but it does "sell" Blogs, so it does get trotted out occasionally. Of course in the future things could change, but Microsoft does not make a lot of money from the OS selling to individuals, but does the other products such as office which are going to a subscription model already - Office 365

There are several versions of Windows 10 - Windows 10 and Windows 10 Pro are the main ones you'll see. The divide between OEM and Retail is a little blurred - The large OEM versions (Dell, HP Etc), are still supposedly tied to the original hardware as are the system builder OEMs - but there is a big "But" - if you log on with a microsoft account and this is tied to your Copy of the OS then you have a "reasonable" number of occasions where you can re-install legally even if you hare on new Hardware or have changed the Motherboard
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04 Jul 2017   #3

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)

Thanks Barman88 :)

I am not looking to move to Win-10, but just want to understand where MS are gong with all the Win-10 "excitement".
My first Windows OS was 3.x and I have heard all the "hype" before from MS.

My immediate problem is ... see my new thread ...
Can I use an OEM ISO to install Win7 PRO x64 onto Lenovo e540

I briefly considered Win-10 ... but thanks, no thanks, maybe in 1 or 2 years time
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04 Jul 2017   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

It clearly states at Newegg whether it`s the OEM version or the Full version (what we`d call Retail) although they don`t offer it for Australia

The difference is in the price.

Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more -
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04 Jul 2017   #5

XP Pro (x86) | 7 HP (x86) & (x64) | 7 Pro (x64)

I thought the rest of this planet was tucked up in bed.
It's 3:30pm here ... :)

Thank you for the link, I can buy it here as a download ISO OEM, for au$85 ... but you have piqued my concerns ?
I must find out if what I can buy includes SP1
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