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Still undecided about Windows 10? Here's how to reserve that free upgrade

The July 29 deadline looms. Here's what you need to know to reserve your free upgrade, even if you're planning to stick with Windows 7 or 8.1 for now

As we count down to the end of free upgrades to Windows 10, many of you have asked if you should reserve your free upgrade by installing Windows 10 on your Windows 7 or 8.1 PC before July 29, then roll back to your original version of Windows. My short answer is probably not.

If your Windows 7 or 8.1 system works well and you don't see anything in Windows 10 that particularly rings your chimes, there's nothing wrong with sticking with the devil you know. Microsoft may be making it hard to keep Win7 and 8.1 machines up-to-date, but it's still on the hook to supply security patches for Win 7 SP 1 until Jan. 14, 2020, and for Win 8.1 Update 1 until Jan. 10, 2023.

That's a contractual obligation. Those dates aren't going to fade into oblivion next week.

For full story read about it at InfoWorld HERE: Still undecided about Windows 10? Here's how to reserve that free upgrade

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Thanks for the reminder FireFox,

Just to recap quickly on the possible techniques to get the W10 licence yet keep the older system (for now at least) :

- Install W10, then roll back via the built-in roll-back routine.

- Install W10 on a separate HDD using a USB stick with W10 on it, then you'll have the two systems (old and W10) on two separate drives (it's in the article, if interested).

- Make a full system image of older system (using True Image or Macrium Reflect for example), upgrade to W10 and then you have the option to re-image at any time.

I'm lucky to have another option on my main machine : it's running W7 (keeping it 'till end of life), but it's a dual boot with W10 on another drive. I don't use W10 actively, it's just there as a backup system, for now. It's there thanks to the $15 W8 Pro offer from a few years ago, which I have now upgraded to W10 for free of course. I not only have a backup system on a separate drive should my SSD fail (been there), I also have W10 ready should I ever get an urge to use it. Pretty sure W7 will be main until Jan. 2020 though ;)

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  • 2 weeks later...

Yep.

Extensive discussion & chatter about this at tenforums.com.

(It seems it depends on what type of key one has and how Win10 is installed -- upgrade vs. clean install with ISO, etc..)

Likely explanations (read: hypotheses, as I don't think anyone knows for sure) include a slow wind-down of the activation servers by M$, and the possibility that the upgrade activations may continue until after AU/Redstone has been delivered... :unsure:

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I am active on a disability forum so....

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/windows10upgrade

Anybody who is watching things probably already knows about that upgrade route.

 

TBH - if you haven't yet gone for Win 10 and are sticking to XP or 7, then you are either a business who has a OS replacement plan, or you're going to hold out until you realise you have become obsolete

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Hmm, I upgraded to win10 on my laptop (HP) in the early release days. I rolled back using the built in feature but on 01/08 I tried to reinstall for free.... guess what? Yep, the pay page popped up lol! 

I wasn't going to reinstall it but was testing the theory it was still free. 

Just thought I'd add my experience. 

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Funny thing (not..) happened to me a few weeks ago. I've had this W10 Pro virtual machine for a long while. It saw life as an Insider Preview back in the fall of 2014, got updated with newer builds until it became "RTM" in 2015. MS had given the green light (if I read that correctly at the time) for those in the Insider program to be able to install the final version, have it activated, no need to be an upgrade.

Fast forward to early August of this year : I get a popup saying Windows needs to be activated. Fantastic... So I call MS phone support and they tell me the Insider installs are different and have no product key per se so they can't help me and I need to go to the MS Answers forums for help. I go there and get absolutely no help, nobody seems to know what's going on. Great, my system is now functionally dead, basically, with no explanation and no way to fix it. Oh yeah, I do have the $249 offer to install a Genuine Windows 10 Pro. Great job, MS...

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Funny you mention that. I haven't tried, not yet anyway, but here's the thing : I noticed this activation thing and tried to re-activate via the Store, but nothing happened. So I tried to get the anniversary update and got an error message saying I needed an activated copy of Windows to install that update. A week or so later, for fun, I tried the anniversary update again and it installed just fine, but I had a message I needed an activated copy of Windows to use it now, heh. I had looked at getting the newest Insider build, but again the requirements say you need an activated copy of Windows 10 to install it. Plus the fact I don't really want the latest Insider build, I was quite happy with RTM and had no intent on continuing with the Insider program. I've decided to wait for a little while, hoping a cure falls from the sky (right), and then eventually I may try to install the latest Insider. But seeing my current VM is no longer activated, it cannot technically be upgraded in any way, shape or form.

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