Who Will Get Free Windows 10?
Recently when Microsoft made an announcement about the availability of Windows 10 final release (RTM version) for Windows Insiders, it created a lot of confusion among people. By the official statement it appeared like Microsoft is going to giveaway free genuine copy of Windows 10 to all Windows Insiders which will be activated as well.
We also posted a topic about this announcement which can be read at following link:
But today Microsoft has made it clear that only genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users can upgrade to Windows 10 for free within one year of Windows 10 launch as the part of free upgrade offer.
So what about the previous announcement which claimed to provide free and activated copy of Windows 10 final version to Windows Insiders?
To clear all confusion, today in this topic we are going to tell you who are going to get free Windows 10 and who are not:
Genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Users: YES
All Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users who are using genuine Windows version and have activated it, will 100% get free Windows 10 but within 1 year of the launch. Once you upgrade your computer to Windows 10 in first year, you'll be able to use Windows 10 forever on that device at no additional charges.
Check out following article to learn everything about this free upgrade offer:
Windows Insiders: YES and NO
Now lets talk about Windows Insiders, the people who are helping Microsoft in testing Windows 10 preview builds by installing them in their computer systems and by providing bug reports and feedback to Microsoft.
Windows Insiders will also get free copy of Windows 10 final release on July 29, 2015 BUT it'll be a little bit different than the Windows 10 copy which will be given to genuine Windows 7/8.1 users or people who buy Windows 10 from Microsoft Store or local market.
The free Windows 10 copy which will be given to Windows Insiders will contain a time bomb. In other words, it'll come with an expiry date and once the expiry date arrives, Windows 10 will stop working and will not allow users to login.
So it'll work like any other testing build of Windows 10. You can consider it as a trial or evaluation version of Windows 10.
But there are 2 good things! First the expiry date usually covers 6-8 months, so you can use the free copy of Windows 10 for that time period.
Second good thing which really matters is that Microsoft will keep releasing preview builds of Windows 10 or the next Windows version, so you'll automatically receive those new pre-release builds of Windows 10 as the part of Windows Insiders program. Once you install a newer testing build, the expiry date will automatically extend to a new date. By the time the older testing build of Windows 10 expires, you'll always have a new testing build to install and use.
But there are some downsides as well! First, since these builds will be released for testing purposes, they may contain bugs and issues, so you'll always have risk of data loss and crashes.
Second issue is that you'll need to stay on Windows Insider program to be able to receive newer Windows builds to extend expiry date. If you decide to leave Windows Insider program, you'll have to purchase Windows 10 or roll back to previous Windows versions.
NOTE: If you initially upgraded to Windows 10 preview build from a genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 computer and later you decide to leave Windows Insiders program, your Windows 10 copy will remain genuine and activated as the part of free upgrade offer for genuine Windows 7/8.1 users.
But if you performed a clean installation of Windows 10 preview build and later you decide to leave Windows Insider program, you'll have to purchase a license of Windows 10 or install your previous Windows version.
Pirates: NO (without any doubt)
Pirates will never get genuine Windows versions for free. Pirates will have 2 choices:
1. Buy Windows 10 license when it releases.
2. Join Windows Insiders program and install pre-release builds of Windows 10.
Check out following article for more details about upgrading to Windows 10 from a non-genuine Windows version:
I hope it'll clear all your doubts about Windows 10 availability. If you have any question, feel free to ask in your comment...
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