Jun 24, 2015

Which users will be able to get Microsoft Windows 10 for free?

There seems to be a lot of confusion on this topic, and I’m one of the folks that’s a little off certain as to what the deal is with Windows 10. First I thought that Windows 7 and 8 users were getting a free upgrade (seems logical), then I heard that everyone will be eligible. Has this been clarified with any degree of certainty?
There has been a lot of confusion about this. Microsoft's statements have not been very clear, and they have issued multiple statement that seemed to muddy the water even more. Another statement was issued this week.

Gregg Keizer at ComputerWorld has a solid summary of what the situation is, and who is eligible for a free upgrade. Probably.

"Anyone can install Windows 10 on a device or within a VM -- ignoring the prerequisite of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 -- by using one of the beta's disk images (in .iso format) and run the preview indefinitely and free of charge as long as they remain on the Insider branch.

However, opt out of Insider -- as users can -- and that copy of Windows 10 will expire, and thus drop into some kind of degraded state. (At the very least Microsoft marks "non-genuine" copies with a watermark; there may be other ramifications, but the company's not yet spelled them out.)"

He continues to clarify Microsoft's position:
"Abandon Insider and the "free" Windows 10 isn't free any longer, unless the test device was upgraded from an eligible Windows 7/8.1 PC, in which case the free upgrade offer applies."


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