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gary67
19-03-2015, 12:39 PM
I see Windows 10 is being touted as a free upgrade even for those with pirated versions of Windows.

Is this Free version going to be an upgrade disc or will we be able to do a clean install does anyone know?

Even though I don't like Windows 8.1 I will be upgrading to 10 if I can do a clean install.

Ninjabear
19-03-2015, 01:03 PM
Its only available free as an upgrade from Windows 7 and 8. I know it'll be available for download not sure about disc though.

CYaBro
19-03-2015, 01:17 PM
We won't know until it is released but most likely will be very similar to the way they did the $25 Windows 8 upgrade.
You had to have a running OS on your computer and then ran the upgrade advisor, which would check your machine for compliance etc, go through the payment then give you the install key.
It would then give you the option of creating a USB stick, ISO or burn ISO to disc.
You could then do an upgrade of your existing system or start fresh with a formatted drive.

1101
19-03-2015, 01:31 PM
"Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise"
Id bet some of the pirated versions are Enterprise.
Also has to be 7 SP1, or 8.1 (not 8), and have WInupdates enabled (so perhaps it will come down through updats)

Id like to know how it will be delivered as well, as a downloadable ISO, or via Winupdates, or via the MS Store .
And will it work for those who install a demo or cracked version of 7 ?, or just those who used the same install key on multiple PC's

What this does mean , is that XP users can just install pirated Win7 & then get the free update. In a bizarre way its encouraging Piracy
Perhaps MS should have allowed XP to getthe free update as well.

wainuitech
19-03-2015, 01:52 PM
if they do it as the way Cyabro posted, then that will be easy, other wise if they did it Via the store its also do-able, just a bit of mucking about. When it downloads it stores itself in a hidden folder, from there you can create a ISO file. Done it on W8.1 :)

Speedy Gonzales
19-03-2015, 01:58 PM
These maybe the options / upgrade paths (http://www.neowin.net/news/upgrading-to-windows-10-here-are-the-supported-paths)

This says the same thing (http://www.pcworld.com/article/2898794/heres-how-windows-10-upgrade-paths-will-work.html)

GameJunkie
19-03-2015, 04:11 PM
wont it just be through windows update??

Speedy Gonzales
19-03-2015, 04:12 PM
For some yup for others no

wainuitech
19-03-2015, 06:08 PM
AND hot on the heals of Windows 10, comes Office 2016 ;) http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/03/first-look-at-the-office-2016-preview-for-windows/

nmercer
19-03-2015, 08:38 PM
Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 Update 1 will just upgrade from Windows Update

home/core etc and pro versions



wont it just be through windows update??

gary67
19-03-2015, 08:56 PM
What no option to do a clean install?

Lawrence
20-03-2015, 05:36 AM
Looks like Microsoft has clarified yesterdays statement,we will upgrade you but you will need to buy to receive any Windows updates no doubt

http://www.neowin.net/news/upgrading-to-windows-10-on-pirated-versions-wont-get-you-a-valid-license


(http://www.neowin.net/news/upgrading-to-windows-10-on-pirated-versions-wont-get-you-a-valid-license)

1101
20-03-2015, 10:53 AM
Looks like Microsoft has clarified yesterdays statement,we will upgrade you but you will need to buy to receive any Windows updates no doubt

http://www.neowin.net/news/upgrading-to-windows-10-on-pirated-versions-wont-get-you-a-valid-license


(http://www.neowin.net/news/upgrading-to-windows-10-on-pirated-versions-wont-get-you-a-valid-license)

Yep, it really sounds like they are making it up as they go along.
A company this big, and a release this important to them, yet they cant get their public statements in order ...... so who knows what the truth will actually be when the time comes. :groan:
Does this mean that if you u/g a pirated version, it will simply stop working after 30days (ie after the usual trial period) ?
Does this mean that MS simply cant detect which PC's are genuine/pirate before the upgrade process ?

Note "may be able" , thats a turn-around from the previous statement , or is it just tech sites misrepresenting MS's public statements ?

"With Windows 10, although non-Genuine PCs may be able to upgrade to Windows 10, the upgrade will not change the genuine state of the license. Non-Genuine Windows is not published by Microsoft. It is not properly licensed, or supported by Microsoft or a trusted partner. If a device was considered non-genuine or mislicensed prior to the upgrade, that device will continue to be considered non-genuine or mislicensed after the upgrade. "

nmercer
23-03-2015, 05:37 PM
Chill ;)

the public statements are in order

Microsoft can't control what the press write in articles. Microsoft never said it was a free license for pirates, that was the press.

Free Win10 for pirates makes great click bait for headlines.

Of course Microsoft can tell whether Windows has been pirated or not.

filipwall
24-03-2015, 12:01 AM
What no option to do a clean install?

You can use the instructions on this link to do a clean pc install (http://filipekblad.se/kontakt/):

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-sg/windows/preview-iso