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Windows 10 - free upgrade to those with PC using Windows 7 or 8
#1  Lynx-lynx 01-21-2015, 06:49 PM
As reported on the ABC today: (http://www.abc.net.au/technology/articles/2015/01/22/4166416.htm)

Early this morning, Microsoft unveiled its consumer vision for the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. It's been available in a relatively-open developer form since September last year, but today saw the company unveil a few more tantalising pieces of its next generation operating system vision.
It's been no secret that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wants to transform Microsoft as a company from one that largely sells software to one that sells services, and Windows 10 will be an important part of realising that vision.

One of the more-surprising aspects to getting that vision off the ground was the announcement that for the first year, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade to anyone running a PC on Windows 7 or 8.

For Microsoft, whose two key profit planks have long been Windows and Office, that's a very big step, albeit one that's necessary in order to realise the company's vision of having Windows 10 everywhere, from mobiles to tablets to laptops to desktops and even across to the company's gaming console, the Xbox One.

The rest of the article can be found here.
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#2  Lynx-lynx 01-21-2015, 09:19 PM
It doesn't surprise me that Windows 10 is going to be free, because it seems that there's somewhat of a lack of interest in updating an OS given the figures still using Win7 (I'm in that): 48.14%, and XP: 28.47%.

That XP figure is extraordinary given that XP came on the market in 1999 (perhaps)?
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#3  crane3 01-21-2015, 09:27 PM
People seem to forget that the free upgrade is for the on the FIRST year.

If a drive crashes after the 1st year & must install the OS on a NEW drive, then the person is "out of luck". Maybe some policy change "may" happen during the 1st year? Will a backup really work or will a msg say that it is an upgrade not for a virgin install.
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#4  Glorfindel 01-21-2015, 09:31 PM
Quote Lynx-lynx
It doesn't surprise me that Windows 10 is going to be free, because it seems that there's somewhat of a lack of interest in updating an OS given the figures still using Win7 (I'm in that): 48.14%, and XP: 28.47%.
That XP figure is extraordinary given that XP came on the market in 1999 (perhaps)?
2001 actually
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#5  Glorfindel 01-21-2015, 09:36 PM
Quote crane3
People seem to forget that the free upgrade is for the on the FIRST year.
If a drive crashes after the 1st year & must install the OS on a NEW drive, then the person is "out of luck". Maybe some policy change "may" happen during the 1st year? Will a backup really work or will a msg say that it is an upgrade not for a virgin install.
That's a pretty big 'if'. Odds are against that happening, but you have a backup image just in case that happens, right? (Right?)
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#6  Lynx-lynx 01-21-2015, 09:53 PM
Quote Glorfindel
2001 actually
Thanks , but it's still the second highest OS in use and that suggests to me a lot of resistance to change. Or perhaps general disinterest .....
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#7  Ripplinger 01-21-2015, 10:21 PM
After hearing rumors of Windows 10 being subscription based with either a monthly or yearly fee, this is surprising news (in a good way). It almost makes me consider upgrading my 2 XP machines to Windows 7 now. Except for so many things I absolutely hate about Windows 7 and that those 2 XP machines are so rock-solid stable without any problems at all makes me think why bother.

I don't think it's resistance to change or disinterest as much as if it's not broke, don't change it, especially to something that will continually annoy you daily. There wasn't this resistance to upgrading Windows from 3 to 3.11 to 95 and then to 98. I guess I'll try Windows 10 while it's free, but with a full working cloned drive of the Windows 7 installation on my main PC in case I hate it so I can just switch back easily.
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#8  Catlady 01-21-2015, 10:37 PM
I wonder if Office 2007 would work with Windows 10, or have to be upgraded.

I've only ever upgraded the OS when I've bought a new PC. I generally don't see much reason to change what I've gotten used to.
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#9  Lynx-lynx 01-21-2015, 11:00 PM
Quote Catlady
I wonder if Office 2007 would work with Windows 10, or have to be upgraded.

I've only ever upgraded the OS when I've bought a new PC. I generally don't see much reason to change what I've gotten used to.
Does Office 7 work with OS7? If so, then I'm guessing that it will be compatible with 10. (But hey, who am I to say )
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#10  JSWolf 01-21-2015, 11:16 PM
Quote Ripplinger
After hearing rumors of Windows 10 being subscription based with either a monthly or yearly fee, this is surprising news (in a good way). It almost makes me consider upgrading my 2 XP machines to Windows 7 now. Except for so many things I absolutely hate about Windows 7 and that those 2 XP machines are so rock-solid stable without any problems at all makes me think why bother.

I don't think it's resistance to change or disinterest as much as if it's not broke, don't change it, especially to something that will continually annoy you daily. There wasn't this resistance to upgrading Windows from 3 to 3.11 to 95 and then to 98. I guess I'll try Windows 10 while it's free, but with a full working cloned drive of the Windows 7 installation on my main PC in case I hate it so I can just switch back easily.
I've found Windows 7 to be faster and more stable than XP.
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