Win10 Windows Insider program participants with Win10 preview build also to get final Win10 release

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  1. Mikerman

    Mikerman Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    This applies even if the Windows Insider program participant never had a Windows OS to begin with. Or, in other words, a way to score a free Win10 copy if you otherwise didn't qualify.

    As summarized by ZDNet.com:
    • Yes, anyone who signs up for the Windows Insider program and installs a preview build will receive the final release build automatically, with no hassles and no registration required. (Anyone running Windows 7 or 8.1 should see the "Get Windows 10" prompt.)
    • Yes, that copy of Windows 10 will remain activated, even if it was installed clean with no trace of any previous Windows version to be found.
    • Yes, you will be able to clean install Windows 10 on that PC from the official media if you want to start over fresh.
    • And if there's a technical conflict with the license agreement terms, you can relax. Microsoft is happy to have you on Team Windows.
    A good reason to join the Windows Insider program right now, for some . . . .
     
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    Ed Hardy FORMER Editor, TabletPCReview Staff Member

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    There is a big caveat to this. As Microsoft explains, you have to stay in the Windows Insider program and keep testing preview builds to keep using Windows 10 on a computer that isn't authorized for a free upgrade.

    Suppose you have a WinXP computer than you've installed Win10 on through the Insider program. If you drop out of the program, you have to stop running Win10 because your license will be deactivated.

    Or you can buy a Win10 license, of course.

     
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    Mikerman Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Thanks for that yet further clarification (or, better said, modification) from Microsoft, and the link to the further details. As the saying goes, that's where the devil is . . . .
     
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