Are you eligible for the "Free" Windows 10 Upgrade ?

Are you eligible for the "Free" Windows 10 Upgrade ?

During Microsoft's "Build" conference, they announced that Windows 10 will be free for the first year. What does that mean ? Who exactly will get it ?  And is there a catch ?

In this post I will try to clarify a few things. All the info was gathered with the help of  an awesome blogger over at  WinBeta ,@ZacB_ who was eager to get to the bottom of the situation since Microsoft made things harder n harder to understand with every new blog post. So thanks go to him for insisting...

For starters, let me make one thing clear. If you are a Pirate, I will say this to you, no you are not eligible for the Free Upgrade, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 10, but this will result in your installation switching to a non-activated one, meaning whatever loader or KMS tool you used to bypass the activation process being terminated or rendered useless. So you will have to wait for someone to "Crack" it again, if ever.

With that out of the way, let's answer the questions one by one, shall we ?

- What does that mean ?

Ok, what this means, is the following; for the first year after official launch of Windows 10, it will be free. So until July 2016. 

- Who exactly will get it ?

That question is a bit more complex to answer. But here goes. There was a bit of confusion, no thanks to Microsoft, around the subject. 

At first it was said that only people with a "Legit" version of Windows 7 or 8.1 will benefit from this limited offer. Then it was said that people who registered to the Microsoft Insiders Program, and installed the Insider Preview were eligible as well.

But fellow bloger @ZacB_ from WinBeta brought up an interesting question, "do users who never had any Windows 7 or 8.1 license and installed Windows 10 Insider  Preview fresh still benefit ?"

At which point Microsoft either stayed silent, or confused the matter even more, by removing all references to the build remaining activated from their blog post.

Finally, after many users flooding the twitter sphere with that question GabrielAul decided to clarify the situation by replying to  @ZacB_ with following,

So, for now, we have a clearer picture as to who will be eligible for the Free Upgrade. Not clear yet ? Simply put, If you currently have a Legit Windows 7/8.1 License, then you, my friend ARE eligible.

Also, if you have registered to become a Microsoft Insider with a Microsoft Account (MSA), and have a version of Windows 10 Insider Preview installed, regardless if you had or didn't have a prior Windows 7/8.1 License, then you, too, my friend ARE eligible.

That's it. Nothing to it. I have no idea as to why Microsoft made things so confusing.

- Is there a catch ?

No, no catches whatsoever. From everything I read so far, there is no catch, no hidden fees, nothing you will need to do on your end, well except have either a valid Windows 7/8.1 License, or be an Insider with an Insider Preview installed.

- In Conclusion

I would like to leave you with this, please hurry and Reserve your copy of Windows 10 via the Notification you might have received, and I hope this post clarifies the situation. 

Finally thanks to @ZacB_ from WinBeta who kept insisting, without him we wouldn't have had any idea if were eligible or not...

See ya in next post ;)


I have 2 remaining questions/issues...

- Is this a lifetime license, or does it "expire" in a year?

- How limited is this "edition" going to be? Everything i'm seeing and hearing makes me think that there will be a "premium" edition, and the free one won't be it.

July 2, 2015 at 9:32 PM comment-delete

Lifetime as long as you keep installing Insider Preview Builds

September 4, 2015 at 1:11 PM comment-delete

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