Windows 10 free upgrade - loophole closing 31/12/17
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Windows 10 free upgrade - loophole closing 31/12/17

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Expires on 31/12/2017Found 22nd Nov
This has been posted a few times (most recently here) and is supposed to be for customers who use assistive technologies but is open to all due to lack of any validation.
Its now been confirmed that this method to get free Windows 10 is ending on New Years Eve.
Originally this was made available when the larger free upgrade offer ended in July 2016. Details here

Anyone hanging onto Windows 7, security updates for this stops 14/01/2020
Windows lifecycle fact sheet

Some older CPUs will not get further upgrades for Windows 10 (including the recent Windows 10 Creators Update), "Instead, they’ll simply be offered the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, plus security updates through January 2023, the end of the original Windows 8.1 support period."
Article on this here

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Cold. Windows 10 is even worse than Windows 8

Dolphinzz9 m ago

Cold. Windows 10 is even worse than Windows 8


I used to be wary of Windows 10 after reading comments like this but there is nothing wrong with it at all. Even better than Windows 7.
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Unless they retire it. You should still be able to use Windows 7/8.1 Keys during the installer process. Last time I tried and still worked was about a month ago.

I did this last week on an old HP 6910, the download and install process took 12 hours start to finish but now its installed it works remarkably well, the 4 GB ram helps a lot. Only hassle being an HP one in that the video port is VGA and my good monitor is HDMI or displayport. Tried convertors and a USB dock but nothing works so the old HP's time is probably limited.

anyone know if windows 8 is included? seems not?

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xboxden19 m ago

anyone know if windows 8 is included? seems not?


"valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices"

Cold. Windows 10 is even worse than Windows 8

I have an old HP mini 10 on Windows7 starter, would it be worth upgrading it to 10? it has 2gb ram.

Dolphinzz9 m ago

Cold. Windows 10 is even worse than Windows 8


I used to be wary of Windows 10 after reading comments like this but there is nothing wrong with it at all. Even better than Windows 7.

Milki_bar_Kid2 m ago

I used to be wary of Windows 10 after reading comments like this but there …I used to be wary of Windows 10 after reading comments like this but there is nothing wrong with it at all. Even better than Windows 7.


Windows 10 ruined my (at the time) 2 year old laptop. It made it really slow and just general annoyances.

PaulG197012 m ago

I have an old HP mini 10 on Windows7 starter, would it be worth upgrading …I have an old HP mini 10 on Windows7 starter, would it be worth upgrading it to 10? it has 2gb ram.


The only Windows 10 I have is on this tablet. It upgraded ok and works fine, but I just don’t like Windows 10.

I tried to install windows 10 this way for free but I was told i needed an activation code? I think my activation of 8.1 has ran out, is this why?

I have been downgrading loads of laptops recently as Win 10 is getting so slow now, people want Win 7 back, and it is a bit faster.
seems 10 is using a lot of extra resources

put it on a ssd and it runs like a dream

Thanks for confirming this method to get W10 is shutting down soon.
It should still be possible to make a dual boot or to have swappable drives shouldn't it ?.
I will have to do some in depth research in the coming weeks.

gooner78627 m ago

I tried to install windows 10 this way for free but I was told i needed an …I tried to install windows 10 this way for free but I was told i needed an activation code? I think my activation of 8.1 has ran out, is this why?


It depends if your key is in the MSDM table in the BIOS. To find out you need to use a program called RW Everything and read the key from the motherboard, there are other ways, but don't use key finders such as ProduKey as they only read from the installed Windows registry. You don't want that, you want to read from the motherboard.

rweverything.com/
Edited by: "fishmaster" 22nd Nov

Thanks

PaulG19701 h, 50 m ago

I have an old HP mini 10 on Windows7 starter, would it be worth upgrading …I have an old HP mini 10 on Windows7 starter, would it be worth upgrading it to 10? it has 2gb ram.



Create an image file of your current installation, then "upgrade" to win10 to see if it meets your expectations. If it doesn't, revert to the imaged installation. Free and simple imaging software available from macrium.com/ref…ree

**sambat** check the privacy settings, turn them off so that your private info is not being shared with microsoft

I run Windows 10 on a Link tablet with 1gb RAM and it works fine (yes I don’t run too many apps at once).
Always hated win 8 and 8.1, but I use Windows 10 largely as I did Windows 7. I don’t really see why people have a problem with it. Each to their own I guess.

Dolphinzz3 h, 2 m ago

Cold. Windows 10 is even worse than Windows 8


If you'd have said it's worse than Windows 7 we might have taken you seriously but Windows 8 and 8.1 is just like Windows ME and Vista, a pile of turd. I don't particularly love Windows 10 but never found anything nice about 8 unless you installed classic shell.

AndyRoyd1 h, 6 m ago

Create an image file of your current installation, then "upgrade" to win10 …Create an image file of your current installation, then "upgrade" to win10 to see if it meets your expectations. If it doesn't, revert to the imaged installation. Free and simple imaging software available from https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree


And you could just make an image, upgrade to W10, get the digital rights entitlement activated for your machine then reload 7. If and when you need 10 you should find it installs as your hardware is now registered as Win10 licenced or something to that effect.

if you want windows 10 to be fast on an old pc then turn off real time protection in security. No previous windows had this. To use this you really need a fast SSD as your C drive.
If you really think you need it then stop browsing porn sites.

Apart from that win 10 is infinitely better than win 8.

Window 10 made my laptop have Blue screen of death every few minutes..

Milki_bar_Kid4 h, 52 m ago

I used to be wary of Windows 10 after reading comments like this but there …I used to be wary of Windows 10 after reading comments like this but there is nothing wrong with it at all. Even better than Windows 7.


Wait for a BSOD... it'll come =)

I've been using win10 since it came out and done all the update's i even have the full creator which is the last major update on it now.
My pc works like a dream not had one problem.
To be honest there are so many setting for turning things on and off i think thats where people are getting confused with it you need to turn off some things to make it much faster.

It's the updates that sabotage my enjoyment of Windows 10.

If Apple make cars would it have Windows?

spannerzone4 h, 18 m ago

If you'd have said it's worse than Windows 7 we might have taken you …If you'd have said it's worse than Windows 7 we might have taken you seriously but Windows 8 and 8.1 is just like Windows ME and Vista, a pile of turd. I don't particularly love Windows 10 but never found anything nice about 8 unless you installed classic shell.


Windows 8 is not like Vista. Vista is an appalling designed and written operating system which is unstable. Windows 8 is vastly worse than that.

To everyone complaining about Windows 10 looks, just use Classic Shell and get on with life on the newest opersating system.

As others have said, you can still just clean install Windows 10 with any win 7 or 8 license. I can confirm this still works as did 2 yesterday

Linux ?

Dolphinzz18 h, 52 m ago

Cold. Windows 10 is even worse than Windows 8


Absolute RUBBISH! Nothing is WORSE than Windows8 not even ME

gtabuyer11 h, 8 m ago

To everyone complaining about Windows 10 looks, just use Classic Shell and …To everyone complaining about Windows 10 looks, just use Classic Shell and get on with life on the newest opersating system.


Exactly what I do. Windows 10 is pretty good, imo. Had no issues with it and I use it for a variety of tasks.

Dolphinzz21 h, 30 m ago

Cold. Windows 10 is even worse than Windows 8



At least the desktop interface is better than Windoze 8.

I'm still on Windoze 7 btw.

freebiehunter5 h, 35 m ago

As others have said, you can still just clean install Windows 10 with any …As others have said, you can still just clean install Windows 10 with any win 7 or 8 license. I can confirm this still works as did 2 yesterday



I've tried upgrading before from Windoze 8 to 10 using the upgrade.
Seriously,it takes bloody ages!! Twice as long by my reckoning.

My advice is if you're gonna upgrade,I'd save all your files and do a clean Windoze 10 install,as it's gonna be much quicker.

johnsmith199716 m ago

At least the desktop interface is better than Windoze 8.I'm still on …At least the desktop interface is better than Windoze 8.I'm still on Windoze 7 btw.


Lucky! Unfortunately my laptop came with windows 8 and I didn’t want to pay the extra to get windows 7. Thought windows 10 would be like windows 7- bad mistake

Dolphinzz20 m ago

Lucky! Unfortunately my laptop came with windows 8 and I didn’t want to p …Lucky! Unfortunately my laptop came with windows 8 and I didn’t want to pay the extra to get windows 7. Thought windows 10 would be like windows 7- bad mistake



I've installed windoze 10 on a friends computer,so I have used it before.

The most annoying thing about it is it constantly does automatic updates (which you don't really need) and unlike windoze 7 it is set to automatic updates ON by default ie.you can't turn the automatic updates OFF.

Wok this means is,it slows the machine down whilst it is doing the automatic updates,takes ages to bootup and shutdown when appying the updates etc.

There are work arounds where you can set updates to OFF but not like in windoze 7 where you can simply turn them off.
I only do updates if they are major updates eg.when a browser gets so outdated that webpages no longer load etc.

Milki_bar_Kid23 h, 19 m ago

I used to be wary of Windows 10 after reading comments like this but there …I used to be wary of Windows 10 after reading comments like this but there is nothing wrong with it at all. Even better than Windows 7.


I wouldn't quite go that far?, lol.

I luvvvvvvvvvvv'ed Windows 7!.

And Windows 10 is now growing on me, hehehehe.

But either way, Windows 10 is wayyyyy better than any of the Windows 8.x versions anyway?. :-)

johnsmith19974 h, 7 m ago

I've tried upgrading before from Windoze 8 to 10 using the …I've tried upgrading before from Windoze 8 to 10 using the upgrade.Seriously,it takes bloody ages!! Twice as long by my reckoning.My advice is if you're gonna upgrade,I'd save all your files and do a clean Windoze 10 install,as it's gonna be much quicker.


Yep clean install will always be a better option. 45 mins-ish start to finish on a reasonable spec pc

W110 is fine, but I'd always be wary of putting any OS on machine built & designed for another. 8.1 does all I need, and does it fairly well. W10 I'll adopt personally when I change machine.

Sacked Windows off for Ubuntu 3 years ago & never looked back.
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