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Is Windows 10 Upgrade Really Free?

Sunday, March 1st, 2015 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Windows 10
 
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Ken from Texas writes:

In your tip on upgrading from Windows 8.1 to free 10 you said I would have to upgrade my 8.1 license to 10 and the upgrade would be free. Is this license upgrade going be free or will it have to be purchased.  If it has to be purchased then the upgrade to Win 10 is in fact not free.

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Ken, if you have Windows 8.1 running on your computer, you already have a license from Microsoft for that operating system and you’ll be able to upgrade that license¬† to Windows 10 when that free upgrade is made available. The license isn’t separate from your purchase of the Windows operating system, it’s part of the purchase.

You will need to have either Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 as your operating system to be eligible for that free upgrade.  If you buy a new Windows 10 computer, the license for the OS is included in your purchase price.

~ Cynthia

 

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  2. k.p.subramanian says:

    Well done Cynthia, extremely clear, simple and no ambiguity to misunderstand.

  3. David says:

    The BIG question is “What will they charge after year ONE”?

    • cynthia says:

      If you’ve already upgraded within the first, you won’t be charged anything. That license is good for the life of your computer. In all likelihood, people who haven’t upgraded yet will pay about the same for Windows 10 as they did for Windows 8.

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