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  • #379069

    Upgraded 2 laptops and no problems so far. Things seem a little faster. Glad to be away from the Windows 8.1 desktop setup. Not sold on the Edge browser yet.

    #379074
    svensshutters
    Pro
    Colorado Springs, CO

    I’ve been thinking about upgrading as well. Just haven’t decided yet. I guess for free, it may be worth the trouble, I just don’t know.

    #379077
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    I think the free deal is going to last at least a year, so you’ll have time to decide. I always wait a while until things settle out and they work out the bugs. Of course I have Windows 7 which I really like.

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    #379079

    I think the free deal is going to last at least a year, so you’ll have time to decide. I always wait a while until things settle out and they work out the bugs. Of course I have Windows 7 which I really like.

    I haven’t seen that confirmed formally yet. Might be worth downloading and noting the key, even if you don’t install. That way, you “reserved” a free copy

    Or, I might be over-thinking this

    #379086
    Doobie
    Moderator

    I think the free deal is going to last at least a year, so you’ll have time to decide. I always wait a while until things settle out and they work out the bugs. Of course I have Windows 7 which I really like.

    I haven’t seen that confirmed formally yet. Might be worth downloading and noting the key, even if you don’t install. That way, you “reserved” a free copy

    Or, I might be over-thinking this

    But isn’t it reliant on when you activate it? Meaning even if you download it during the free period, you have to activate it within the free period or X amount of days afterwards it is no longer free. I vaguely recall such when I upgraded some of my PCs to WIN8 for their cheap $40 intro upgrade price. You had to do it within so many days.

    Btw, was there a Windows 9? Or did they just skip that version altogether? I don’t recall ever hearing of one.

    #379095

    I think the free deal is going to last at least a year, so you’ll have time to decide. I always wait a while until things settle out and they work out the bugs. Of course I have Windows 7 which I really like.

    I haven’t seen that confirmed formally yet. Might be worth downloading and noting the key, even if you don’t install. That way, you “reserved” a free copy

    Or, I might be over-thinking this

    But isn’t it reliant on when you activate it? Meaning even if you download it during the free period, you have to activate it within the free period or X amount of days afterwards it is no longer free. I vaguely recall such when I upgraded some of my PCs to WIN8 for their cheap $40 intro upgrade price. You had to do it within so many days.

    Btw, was there a Windows 9? Or did they just skip that version altogether? I don’t recall ever hearing of one.

    They skipped it.

    Too many old programs looked at OS version to check compatibility.

    If the OS version showed Win9 or Windows9, it errored out saying Win95 and Win98 are nolonger supported.

    It was easier than expecting everyone to fix that particular bug, especially considering how much old software is long past being updated

    #379096
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    How much would it be to buy windows 10 outright? I am contemplating a HTPC set up and was curious if it would be cheap to buy, otherwise i’d have to stick with linux.

    #379106
    Doobie
    Moderator

    I think the free deal is going to last at least a year, so you’ll have time to decide. I always wait a while until things settle out and they work out the bugs. Of course I have Windows 7 which I really like.

    I haven’t seen that confirmed formally yet. Might be worth downloading and noting the key, even if you don’t install. That way, you “reserved” a free copy

    Or, I might be over-thinking this

    But isn’t it reliant on when you activate it? Meaning even if you download it during the free period, you have to activate it within the free period or X amount of days afterwards it is no longer free. I vaguely recall such when I upgraded some of my PCs to WIN8 for their cheap $40 intro upgrade price. You had to do it within so many days.

    Btw, was there a Windows 9? Or did they just skip that version altogether? I don’t recall ever hearing of one.

    They skipped it.

    Too many old programs looked at OS version to check compatibility.

    If the OS version showed Win9 or Windows9, it errored out saying Win95 and Win98 are nolonger supported.

    It was easier than expecting everyone to fix that particular bug, especially considering how much old software is long past being updated

    Thanks. That makes a little sense.

    How much would it be to buy windows 10 outright? I am contemplating a HTPC set up and was curious if it would be cheap to buy, otherwise i’d have to stick with linux.

    I think it’s free for everyone if I’m not mistaken.

    #379115
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    How much would it be to buy windows 10 outright? I am contemplating a HTPC set up and was curious if it would be cheap to buy, otherwise i’d have to stick with linux.

    Windows 10 Home $120

    Windows 10 Pro $140

    You can buy through Microsoft or somewhere like Best Buy too.

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    Fayetteville, NC
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    #379144

    How much would it be to buy windows 10 outright? I am contemplating a HTPC set up and was curious if it would be cheap to buy, otherwise i’d have to stick with linux.

    Windows 10 Home $120

    Windows 10 Pro $140

    You can buy through Microsoft or somewhere like Best Buy too.

    You can get a copy of Windows 7 cheaper and upgrade for free. That is the route I’m looking at since I have a couple of Windows XP laptops I want to convert. Amazon is selling a refurbished computer Win 7 disk for about $72. Hope the key will work for the upgrade.

    #379179
    jzmtl
    Pro
    Montreal, QC

    Refurbished disc? How does that work lol. If it’s been used/registered already you might have some trouble.

    #379192

    Refurbished disc? How does that work lol. If it’s been used/registered already you might have some trouble.

    It’s a Windows 7 copy for use when refurbishing a computer.

    http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-Builder-Refurbished-Installation/dp/B00LG0K4MM/ref=sr_1_2?s=software&ie=UTF8&qid=1438705632&sr=1-2&keywords=windows+7

    From the reviews I’ve read it’s supposed to be the same as an OEM disk. Activation key is supposed to be new, unless they are selling bootleg copies, which I don’t think Amazon would allow. Ebay maybe but not Amazon.

    #379197
    jzmtl
    Pro
    Montreal, QC

    Ah, should be fine then. If it doesn’t you will be covered by amazon anyway.

    #379200

    Ah, should be fine then. If it doesn’t you will be covered by amazon anyway.

    I hope so. Haven’t had that kind of problem yet. Bought many Windows 7 disks from them but not a “refurbished computer” one, yet.

    #379201

    I will get it once it comes out. Cannot be worse than windows 8

    #379202

    Ah, should be fine then. If it doesn’t you will be covered by amazon anyway.

    I hope so. Haven’t had that kind of problem yet. Bought many Windows 7 disks from them but not a “refurbished computer” one, yet.

    Nothing to it. Refurbished 7 licenses are a real thing
    http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/licensing/sblicensing/Pages/refurbisher_programs.aspx#fbid=K2h6gIQcGt2
    And if the specific vendor is not above board, Amazon will deal with it and take care of you

    #379209

    Ah, should be fine then. If it doesn’t you will be covered by amazon anyway.

    I hope so. Haven’t had that kind of problem yet. Bought many Windows 7 disks from them but not a “refurbished computer” one, yet.

    Nothing to it. Refurbished 7 licenses are a real thing
    http://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/licensing/sblicensing/Pages/refurbisher_programs.aspx#fbid=K2h6gIQcGt2
    And if the specific vendor is not above board, Amazon will deal with it and take care of you

    Awesome, Thanks for the info Eric. I’ll pickup a couple of licenses soon. I think $72 is the cheapest I’ve seen single licenses.

    #379223

    You can get a copy of Windows 7 cheaper and upgrade for free. That is the route I’m looking at since I have a couple of Windows XP laptops I want to convert. Amazon is selling a refurbished computer Win 7 disk for about $72. Hope the key will work for the upgrade.

    You might have some compatibility issues on something as old as running WinXP. The Windows site might have some software to run to check on that.

    #379224
    svensshutters
    Pro
    Colorado Springs, CO

    Well, I did the whole let me know when Windows 10 is available thing, so we will see what happens. My machine on Windows 7 has been a little pain lately, maybe it will help things run smoother. I still have to wait for them to let me know when the upgrade is available. We’ll see what happens.

    #379256
    58Chev
    Pro
    Etobicoke, ON

    I have been a long time XP user and only when forced went to 7.
    I have taken MS free upgrade to 10 on one of my laptops to test drive it.
    So far it has been fine, faster than 7.

    I have already created the repair DVD and the Install DVD. Ran a program “Belarc Advisor” that gives me a run down of what is installed on my machine and what the “KEYS” are.
    I will re-install 10 fresh now that I have the KEY. I am not partial on upgrades as all the junk from the prior install is still on my PC.

    I will most likely do the upgrade on my wife’s machine after I test a clean install on mine.

    “If you don’t pass on the knowledge you have to others, it Dies with you”
    — Glenn Botting

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