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How to preserve free upgrade to Windows 10 after July 29??

henny 2,704 579 June 6, 2016 at 06:41 AM
Just curious if there's a workaround to preserve the free upgrade to W10 after July 29 after which time I'll be upgrading motherboards?

It's my understanding that W10 upgraded systems become unactivated in the event of a MB swap even if they were upgraded from retail copies of W7 or 8.

If you know you'll be upgrading H/W after July 29, is there anything you can do now other then to start saving up for the cost of W10?

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If you know you'll be upgrading H/W after July 29, is there anything you can do now other then to start saving up for the cost of W10?
I think you should start saving up. The win 10 free upgrade is for existing hardware with win 7-8 the win 10 upgrade is based on the motherboard bios identifier serial # or some such thing.

The only thing you can do now is buy your new motherboard and install win 7-8 and then upgrade before July 29. I've read that there may be a way to delay the July 29 date but I've slept since I read that.Smilie
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Just curious if there's a workaround to preserve the free upgrade to W10 after July 29 after which time I'll be upgrading motherboards?

It's my understanding that W10 upgraded systems become unactivated in the event of a MB swap even if they were upgraded from retail copies of W7 or 8.

If you know you'll be upgrading H/W after July 29, is there anything you can do now other then to start saving up for the cost of W10?
I don't believe this is quite accurate. If you have a system now that the license is activated now it won't suddenly become inactivated on July 29th.

Only way I know to do what your asking is to do your build now. Thats what I did last month for this reason (among others) .
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Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers [zdnet.com]

"Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade to every qualified device running retail or OEM versions of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. (Enterprise editions do not qualify.) The free upgrade offer began with the official release of Windows 10 on July 29, 2015, and lasts for one year from that date. Windows 10 is also available preinstalled on new hardware"

I heard that after a year Microsoft is going to start charging for subscriptions. True?

Not true. The Windows 10 upgrade will be free, as in beer, for the first year after it's released. And there won't be any surprise fees after that.

The basic licensing model for Windows has not changed with Windows 10. You get a perpetual license, with five years of mainstream support and five additional years of extended support. See "Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10" for details.

All Windows 10 devices will continue to receive updates "for the supported lifetime of the device." What does that mean? At some point in the future, your hardware will no longer meet the specifications for a new release, and that will be the end of the line. But as long as your device can accept updates, it will get them.

Microsoft contributed to the confusion with some clumsy wording, but its intent is clear. The free upgrade offer is designed to get as many current devices as possible to move to a single platform with a single Windows Store. And the one-year deadline is intended to add some urgency to the decision so that Satya Nadella, Terry Myerson, and company meet their self-professed goal of seeing Windows 10 on one billion devices.
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never knew that if you changed mobos the windows 10 free version expires. even if you change with the same model of mobo?
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never knew that if you changed mobos the windows 10 free version expires. even if you change with the same model of mobo?
It's somewhat confusing but my limited understanding is as follows:

If you buy the retail W10 you can change mobo's as often as you want.

If you buy the oem W10 then it's tied to the mobo and the activation goes "poof" upon a mobo change.

If you upgrade any W7 or W8 installation (oem or retail) to W10 prior to July 29 then your W10 upgrade will be like an eom license and go "poof" if you change motherboards. However you will be able to go back to your old W7 or W8 if it was a retail version.

If I missed something chime in.
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so you are basically tied to one mobo as long as you want your windows 10 to be free. good for laptops i would think.
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You can still change the motherboard if you have an OEM license. You will probably need to call Microsoft and activate over the phone, but it's still possible. Microsoft might limit how many times you can do that on an OEM license and they might only allow it if the original motherboard actually failed, but neither of those are clearly defined anywhere. I would expect the free Win10 upgrades to behave similarly, but we won't know until Microsoft starts charging and people start trying.
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Call MSFT and activate over the phone.
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If I downloaded the upgrade but haven't installed it would I be able to after 7/29 assuming I make no HW changes?
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If I downloaded the upgrade but haven't installed it would I be able to after 7/29 assuming I make no HW changes?
No, you need to go ahead and install it. You can revert back after the upgrade if you really want to and your upgrade will be preserved.
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If I downloaded the upgrade but haven't installed it would I be able to after 7/29 assuming I make no HW changes?
where do you download the upgrade? when my win8 notified me asked me to upgrade now or download and upgrade later, I choose d/L and upgrade later. To my surprise it went ahead and upgrade for me instead automatically.

Now if I need to fresh install later on I wouldn't be able to get win10 but my win8.
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Just go here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/s...windows10/ and create install disc.
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