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Please help me understand this “Windows 10 Gets 'Free' Upgrade Rule Change” arti


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#1 cmptrgy

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Posted 23 December 2015 - 07:51 AM

Please help me understand this “Windows 10 Gets 'Free' Upgrade Rule Change” article

 

I’m in favor of upgrading to Windows 10 but have so many variations and descriptions on what to do depending on the situation: and is it really a rule change? I need help to put this information in perspective.

 

Windows 10 Gets 'Free' Upgrade Rule Change

Windows 10 Gets 'Free' Upgrade Rule Change

http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/12/22/windows-10-free-upgrade-key/?utm_campaign=yahootix&partner=yahootix

 

Some excerpts are

“Windows 10 now has support for version upgrades as well as Windows 7 and Windows 8 licence keys.”

--- I have Windows 7 Home Premium: does that mean I’ll need to enter it’s product key?

 

“So what is this product key and how does it work? Here are the steps:

Go to ‘Change Product Key’ (easily found by typing this into Cortana)

--- I guess I’ll have to understan how Cortana works before I do my Win7 HP to Win10 Home upgrade.

Enter the ‘free’ Microsoft key: VK7JG-NPHTM-C97JM-9MPGT-3V66T”

 

“Microsoft is freely giving out the key it stresses this only permits the upgrade to be carried out, it doesn’t give you a free copy – that still needs to be Activated and that then prompts the user for payment.”

--- How to get around the request for payment?

 

“An additional caveat is users will need to be running Windows 10 version 1511”

--- This part I understand but include it for the current situation

 

“there is a lot of potential giving Windows 10 the ability to respond to a new kind of product key.”

--- I don’t know what “a new kind of product key” means.



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Posted 23 December 2015 - 08:35 AM

If you are just upgrading from Win 7 Home to Win 10 Home, you do it the same way it has always been done, for free. If, after you are running Win 10 1511 Home, you want to upgrade the version to Pro, you follow Gordon Kelly's instructions and pay $99.



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Posted 23 December 2015 - 11:16 AM

Reading that entire article, it has absolutely no bearing on you or your situation or any of your questions. It is a whole different ball of wax.


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 11:44 AM

Ed Bott wrote an article on that today, if it can help you understand better.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/going-pro-how-to-upgrade-windows-10-home-without-hassles/

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Posted 23 December 2015 - 03:29 PM

Aura thanks for that link you provided. It's much more understandable than the article I questioned.



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Posted 23 December 2015 - 04:43 PM

No problem cmptrgy, you're welcome :)

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Posted 23 December 2015 - 06:17 PM

Previously to 1511 when you upgraded from an activated Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 WIndows 10 would install and be activated Win 7 or WIn 8.1 was verified as being activated. Windows created a hash number based on your pc hardware and stored it on a windows server. No real key is being used for Windows 10 upgrade. No it you purchase the full package (not upgrade) either OEM or retail it will come with a Windows 10 key. Build 1511 release allows you to do a clean install of WIndows 10 without having to verify Win 7 or 8.1 during the upgrade. 1511 allows you to enter the WIndows 7 or 8.1 key to start the clean install of Windows 10.


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 07:38 PM

Although that might be true, that is not what either one of the articles is about.


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Posted 23 December 2015 - 09:58 PM

Although that might be true, that is not what either one of the articles is about.

 

Although that might be true, that is not what either one of the articles is about.

 

No but the article talks about activation and this is how you activate.


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