Windows 10 is free for one year, but what happens after that?

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    Jun 17, 2015 6:00 PM GMT

    You cant get automatic download of this if you have windows update turned off, there are some good, skeptical points here, especially if you don't like it and want to roll back to your previous version, especially windows 7 users.


    http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2015/06/17/windows-10-free-for-1-year-what-happens-next/


    •Do free Windows 10 upgraders get a license key?

    Perhaps the best effort we have had from an official company spokesperson so far is in a blog post by Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems. In it he states:

    “We announced that a free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 who upgrade in the first year after launch. This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no cost.”

    That’s ok, but it’s verbose and buried in a blog. So may I suggest to Microsoft it simply put this direction on the Windows 10 front page itself:

    ‘Upgrade to Windows 10 within the first year and it is yours free, forever. No subscriptions, no additional costs.’


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    Jun 17, 2015 6:14 PM GMT

    I certainly DO NOT want this flop 8 "repackaged" as free 10 on my computer, lipstick on a pig, is still a pig icon_rolleyes.gif



    What Windows 10 Must Do To Avoid Flopping Like Windows 8
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/01/17/what-windows-9-must-do-to-avoid-flopping-like-windows-8/

    Windows 8 is a flop. It is a painful thing to say about one of the most ambitious operating systems ever released, but the stats don’t lie. It has taken half the OS market share Windows 7 did in its first 12 months (10% vs. 20%) and now the adoption rate is so slow it is barely gaining on its 4 ½ year old predecessor.


  • Svnw688

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    Jun 17, 2015 6:19 PM GMT
    Then you owe your first-born. icon_cool.gif
  • venue35

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    Jun 17, 2015 9:20 PM GMT
    Coming to xbox one users should be kewlicon_cool.gif
  • hotkj2002

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    Jun 27, 2015 6:40 PM GMT
    Windows 8 has been great for business.
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    Jun 28, 2015 12:38 AM GMT
    OSX is still gonna be better than W-10. Hell WD-40 is probably better than W-10. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 30, 2015 1:13 PM GMT
    Windows 10 will be free for the first year to all Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Phone 8.1 users. This means, as long you upgrade within the first 12 months (July 29th 2015 to July 29th 2016), you will not have to pay for Windows 10 at all.


    Wow, thats cool, but does that mean, I will have to pay for Windows 10 after the first year?

    No. Its a promotion to get as many users to upgrade their existing Windows 7 PCs and Windows 8.1 devices to Windows 10. Once you upgrade within the first year for free, its yours forever at no additional cost. As Microsoft Program Manager for Windows Terry Myerson described it:



    This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device –at no additional charge.



    Source: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/01/21/the-next-generation-of-windows-windows-10/



    I heard Microsoft representatives mention they are moving to a servicing model for Windows 10, does that mean Windows 10 is going to require a subscription?

    No, Windows 10 remains a perpetual license, which means, you can upgrade to Windows 10 and use it forever without it expiring or going into any reduced functional mode.



    Are you saying there will be no more versions of Windows after Windows 10?


    Microsoft is moving Windows to a servicing model with Windows 10. The days of major revisions or what are called big bang releases are no more. As Microsoft Program Manager for Windows Terry Myerson described it:



    This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge. With Windows 10, the experience will evolve and get even better over time. We’ll deliver new features when they’re ready, not waiting for the next major release. We think of Windows as a Service – in fact, one could reasonably think of Windows in the next couple of years as one of the largest Internet services on the planet.



    And just like any Internet service, the idea of asking "What version are you on?" will cease to make sense – which is great news for our Windows developers.



    Source: http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2015/01/21/the-next-generation-of-windows-windows-10/



    Why is Windows 10 free, is there some catch?



    No, its not a catch. We are computing in different times. Windows 10 is free so app developers can standardize on one platform and reduce the fragmented market of different versions and editions of Windows that have been an issue in the past. When everybody is on the same platform, it means better quality apps, a healthier ecosystem and more advances in hardware and software innovation.

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/insider/wiki/insider_wintp-insider_install/frequently-asked-questions-windows-10/5c0b9368-a9e8-4238-b1e4-45f4b7ed2fb9
  • metta

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    Jun 30, 2015 7:44 PM GMT
    Windows 7 vs Windows 10 comparison: Why you should upgrade to the new version on 29 July


    http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/review/operating-systems-software/windows-7-vs-window-10-comparison-3617974/


    Windows 10 preview build comes with Microsoft Edge and WiFi

    http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/30/windows-10-preview-build-edge-wifi/


    10 may just be everything that Windows 8 should have been
    http://www.cnet.com/products/microsoft-windows-10/

    Reviews:

    http://www.engadget.com/products/microsoft/windows/10/


    I think I still want to wait until more people have reviewed it and possible bugs have been fixed.
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    Jun 30, 2015 11:36 PM GMT
    Its probably best. I would wait at least 6 months. You have a year starting July 29th 2015 to get the free upgrade.
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    Jul 01, 2015 4:00 AM GMT
    My guess is that when the download is available, you can save it on your hard drive or to a USB flash drive. And then upgrade later when you feel like it. It's probably pre-registered or linked to your current current Windows license. So you probably won't be able to install it on a different machine. Just some speculations. We'll wait and see.
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    Jul 01, 2015 6:33 AM GMT
    xrichx saidMy guess is that when the download is available, you can save it on your hard drive or to a USB flash drive. And then upgrade later when you feel like it. It's probably pre-registered or linked to your current current Windows license. So you probably won't be able to install it on a different machine. Just some speculations. We'll wait and see.
    Too much "probably" and not enough EULA facts.

    I haven't read the EULA and really don't want to just yet. I'd rather wait and hear/read customer reviews from people who've taken the plunge and given it a shot...preferably "hear" from those who've posted their experiences on video media (youtube, etc).
  • metta

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    Jul 29, 2015 6:44 PM GMT
    The first Windows 10 reviews are in and it looks like a winner


    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/first-windows-10-reviews-looks-180729426.html
  • metta

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    Jul 29, 2015 6:44 PM GMT
    Windows 10 is for suckers

    http://www.computerworld.com/article/2953307/microsoft-windows/windows-10-is-for-suckers.html
  • Apparition

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    Aug 03, 2015 4:23 AM GMT
    If a product on the internet is FREE, YOU are the product.
    Always remember that.
  • metta

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    Aug 04, 2015 5:14 AM GMT
    Giant porn stash turned a Windows 10 upgrade into every man’s nightmare


    http://bgr.com/2015/08/03/windows-10-porn-screensaver/
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    Aug 04, 2015 6:19 AM GMT
    Apparition saidIf a product on the internet is FREE, YOU are the product.
    Always remember that.
    It's amazing that people haven't learned this yet. What are they...20-something years old or something? icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 04, 2015 6:23 AM GMT
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    xrichx saidMy guess is that when the download is available, you can save it on your hard drive or to a USB flash drive. And then upgrade later when you feel like it. It's probably pre-registered or linked to your current current Windows license. So you probably won't be able to install it on a different machine. Just some speculations. We'll wait and see.
    Too much "probably" and not enough EULA facts.

    I haven't read the EULA and really don't want to just yet. I'd rather wait and hear/read customer reviews from people who've taken the plunge and given it a shot...preferably "hear" from those who've posted their experiences on video media (youtube, etc).

    I downloaded it on launch day. Been too lazy to install. Basically, when you upgrade, your current license key gets "converted" to a Windows 10 key during the activation. So let's say your hard drive takes a dump and you have to re-install Windows 10, then you have to find your Windows 7 or 8 key. If you bought a computer from the store, the license key is usually on a sticker on the bottom of the laptop. Or included in the user manual. Some newer computers store the OEM key in the BIOS and Windows will just install without you having to enter a key.
  • metta

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    Aug 04, 2015 7:22 AM GMT
    Broken Windows Theory

    Microsoft’s Windows 10 is a privacy nightmare. Here’s how to protect yourself.


    http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/bitwise/2015/08/windows_10_privacy_problems_here_s_how_bad_they_are_and_how_to_plug_them.html
  • metta

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    Aug 06, 2015 9:19 PM GMT
    Microsoft wants you to pay £12 for DVD playback in Windows 10
    But Microsoft knows you'll probably just download VLC for free, anyway.

    http://arstechnica.co.uk/gadgets/2015/08/microsoft-wants-you-to-pay-12-for-dvd-playback-in-windows-10/
  • mystery905

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    Aug 07, 2015 5:23 AM GMT
    I have upgraded to Windows 10 from 8.1 and find it quite good.

    UI is much improved, and it is very responsive.

    Compatibility, especially with my work VPN software, is 100%.
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    Aug 07, 2015 5:52 AM GMT
    My old laptop is windows 7, it just upgraded to window 10 last night. I'm using it now, sorta like it. From what I see, it's free completely. The only non-free thing is the freaking microsoft word office lol, something, I don't have the licensed key or whatever. But I use another word program, it's all good.

  • metta

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    Aug 22, 2015 3:07 PM GMT
    Windows 10 is possibly the worst spyware ever made


    "We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to." - Microsoft Windows 10 User Agreement


    http://www.networkworld.com/article/2956574/microsoft-subnet/windows-10-privacy-spyware-settings-user-agreement.html
  • metta

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    Sep 02, 2015 6:46 AM GMT
    This terrifying new Windows 10 feature could ‘out’ kids to their parents


    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2015/08/26/this-terrifying-new-windows-10-feature-could-out-kids-to-their-parents/
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    Sep 02, 2015 11:34 AM GMT
    After one year, they do the same as they did with Windows XP. Start throwing in all the Security upgrades. Chances are you may have to even register Windows 10 after one year. Nothing is really free, there is always a catch somewhere.
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    Sep 06, 2015 10:04 PM GMT
    I upgraded the hardware in my pc this week; the power supply was still sufficient so it stayed but everything else was upgraded. Previous disk drives are staying in the case; it's turning into a disk farm. (Lian Li cases are awesome; this is the 3rd motherboard that's been in it, counting the first.)

    Since it's a new motherboard and cpu I had to get a new Windows so I decided to go with Windows 10. This is also the first time I've gone with 64 bit instead of 32 bit.

    My biggest gripe is that the window borders are very narrow so when you have windows overlapping it's hard to distinguish between them. But I found a web page that explains how to change the top border from white to whatever color you like and that helps.

    Other than that, it's Windows, with a bunch of cosmetic changes.