Windows Insiders to Get Windows 10 for Free
UPDATE: The free copy of Windows 10 which will be given to Windows Insiders will contain a time bomb (expiry date) just like any previous Preview build of Windows 10 and it'll expire and will stop working on a predefined time which can be seen by typing winver command in RUN or Start searchbox. But Microsoft will continue to provide newer testing builds of Windows 10 or next Windows version so by the time the older testing build expires, you'll have a new testing build to install.
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Since when Microsoft announced that all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free within 1 year of Windows 10 launch, many people were asking about the availability of free Windows 10 for Windows Insiders. Actually Windows Insiders are the people who are testing Windows 10 preview builds in their computers and providing valuable feedback to Microsoft so that Microsoft can improve Windows 10 and can fix bugs and issues.
People suggested that Microsoft should provide Windows 10 for free to Windows Insiders as well as they are helping Microsoft in Windows 10 development and testing.
Now it seems Microsoft has listened to their requests. Microsoft has announced at official Windows blog that all Windows Insiders will get final version of Windows 10 (i.e. RTM) automatically.
Here is a small excerpt of the official announcement which clearly describes the free Windows 10 availability for Windows Insiders:
Windows Insiders running the Windows 10 Insider Preview (Home and Pro editions) with their registered MSA (Microsoft Account) connected to their PC will receive the final release build of Windows 10 starting on July 29th. This will come as just another flight. I've gotten a lot of questions from Windows Insiders about how this will work if they clean installed from ISO. As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated. Once you have successfully installed this build and activated, you will also be able to clean install on that PC from final media if you want to start over fresh.
So if you are using Windows 10 Insider Preview build in your PC, you'll get Windows 10 final version for free as soon as it releases to public i.e. July 29th.
Here is one important thing to note! Microsoft is making MSA (Microsoft Account) mandatory to receive future Windows 10 Insider Preview builds. In other words, you'll need to sign into Windows 10 Insider Preview build using your Microsoft Account (Windows Live email ID) to be able to receive next Insider Preview build of Windows 10. If you don't do so, you'll not receive any new build of Windows 10 in future.
Remember this requirement of using MSA (Microsoft Account) in Windows 10 applies to Windows 10 Insider Preview builds only. Once you install final version of Windows 10, you'll not need to use your Microsoft Account. You can remove the Microsoft Account in Windows 10 final version if you want.
So basically Windows Insiders need to keep the current Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10130 in their PC and then connect their Microsoft Account with Windows 10 by sign in using Microsoft Account. Once you do this, you'll receive all future builds of Windows 10 including the final RTM version.
So it seems Microsoft will use your connected Microsoft Account (MSA) as an activation key to activate Windows 10. It also means you'll be able to use the free copy of Windows 10 in that computer system only and you'll need to sign in using the same Microsoft Account (MSA) to first activate Windows 10 and after that you can remove the Microsoft Account.
Another important thing to consider is that since Microsoft is making use of Microsoft Account (MSA) in Windows 10 mandatory to receive all future builds of Windows 10 including final RTM build, the current 10130 build is the last build which will allow Windows Insiders to get free copy of Windows 10. Because it might be possible that Microsoft will not provide offline ISO files of future Insider Preview builds of Windows 10. If that happens, only people which are already using Windows 10 Insider Preview build, will be able to install new builds of Windows 10 including final build.
So if you want to become Windows Insider and want to get Windows 10 final release, you just need to do as following:
Download and install Windows 10 Insider Preview build in your PC from following link:
After installing Windows 10 Insider Preview, sign in using your Microsoft Account (Windows Live email ID) so that Windows 10 can connect your Microsoft Account.
Install all future Windows 10 Insider Preview builds as soon as they become available.
That's it. If you follow above mentioned steps, the final version of Windows 10 will automatically arrive on your PC just like the Insider Preview builds.
One more thing if you are worrying about the clean or fresh installation of Windows 10. Microsoft has made it clear that once you successfully upgrade your Insider Preview build of Windows 10 to final version, you'll be able to perform clean installation of Windows 10 as well.
And if you are thinking what will happen to Windows Insider program after Windows 10 final version release, Microsoft has announced that the Windows Insider Program will continue after the release of Windows 10 on July 29th. After Windows 10 final version release, the Windows Insiders will continue to receive next Windows version builds. So if you remain on Windows Insider channel, you'll be able to see the new features, fixes and updates.
Don't worry! Microsoft will also provide you an option to leave the Windows Insider program if you want and stay on the final build of Windows 10.
So hurry up and install Windows 10 Insider Preview build in your computers...
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