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Old 07-11-2015, 03:49 AM
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I have received a notification that Windows-10 will become available around the end of this month and that I am eligible to receive a free upgrade when it becomes available.

The communique states that it will be 100% compatible with all my Windows-7 files and programs, but I'm not sure.

Before I convert over to the new version, I would like to know if anybody in the THT community has any experience with this version of Windows and is there anything I should know before I upgrade.
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Old 07-11-2015, 03:55 AM
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Why are you upgrading? If Windows 7 is working for you would not do this. If fact I'd be more inclined to reinstall windows 7 before I would load Windows 10 (unproven/untested by the public). Take the free upgrade disk and put it in a drawer. Let the software go public and if you don't hear any true horror stories upgrade later. My 2 - cents
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Originally Posted by GH02050 View Post
Why are you upgrading? If Windows 7 is working for you would not do this. If fact I'd be more inclined to reinstall windows 7 before I would load Windows 10 (unproven/untested by the public). Take the free upgrade disk and put it in a drawer. Let the software go public and if you don't hear any true horror stories upgrade later. My 2 - cents
My thoughts, exactly.
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Originally Posted by GH02050 View Post
Why are you upgrading? If Windows 7 is working for you would not do this. If fact I'd be more inclined to reinstall windows 7 before I would load Windows 10 (unproven/untested by the public). Take the free upgrade disk and put it in a drawer. Let the software go public and if you don't hear any true horror stories upgrade later. My 2 - cents
That's sort of what I was thinking GH. I was just wondering if anybody in the community had any experience with it this early. I believe I'll just stick with 7 for the time being and see how 10 plays out, like you suggested.
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Early critiques are that it works ok, but still has that annoying Window 8 layout. Should have released two versions, one desktop, ône tablet. My son is a techie, and he is going to do the upgrade as soon as possible. Me, have to wait until we get confirmation that essential programs are w10 acceptable.
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Old 07-11-2015, 05:27 AM
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The upgrade is free for the 1st year. I would wait until next year if you want to upgrade.
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Originally Posted by UT_VOLS13 View Post
The upgrade is free for the 1st year. I would wait until next year if you want to upgrade.
Hum where did you see that? I got the same message as the OP. It says full version, Not a trial.
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https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features

Yes, free! This upgrade offer is for a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. 3GB download required; standard data rates apply. To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.
Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices, including devices you already own. Some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device and market. The availability of Windows 10 upgrade for Windows Phone 8.1 devices may vary by OEM, mobile operator or carrier. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside of this offer. To check for compatibility and other important installation information, visit your device manufacturer’s website and the Windows 10 Specifications page. Additional requirements may apply over time for updates. Security and features are kept automatically up-to-date which is always enabled. See the Windows 10 How to Upgrade page for details.
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Originally Posted by UT_VOLS13 View Post
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features

Yes, free! This upgrade offer is for a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. 3GB download required; standard data rates apply. To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.
Windows 10 Upgrade Offer is valid for qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices, including devices you already own. Some hardware/software requirements apply and feature availability may vary by device and market. The availability of Windows 10 upgrade for Windows Phone 8.1 devices may vary by OEM, mobile operator or carrier. Devices must be connected to the internet and have Windows Update enabled. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 Update required. Some editions are excluded: Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise, and Windows RT/RT 8.1. Active Software Assurance customers in volume licensing have the benefit to upgrade to Windows 10 enterprise offerings outside of this offer. To check for compatibility and other important installation information, visit your device manufacturer’s website and the Windows 10 Specifications page. Additional requirements may apply over time for updates. Security and features are kept automatically up-to-date which is always enabled. See the Windows 10 How to Upgrade page for details.
thanks, it pays to read the fine print.
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Keep in mind, that Microsoft will be stopping support for W7 & W8 at then end of 2017, so sooner or later we all will be on W10.
Our IT department has been working the beta/tester version for a couple of months, and they say so far it is stable and generally better than W7 or W8.
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I have been playing around with the pre-release and I would say if you are on 8.1 def do the upgrade. If you are on Win7 are fine with it and no problems probably not.
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[QUOTE=UT_VOLS13;8039207] This upgrade offer is for a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. 3GB download required; standard data rates apply. To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability.s.[/QUOTE]

I guess you could take this two ways? That if you did not do the upgrade within a year of release, then you would pay to do it. But I am with you, What would be in it for Microsoft?
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I'd let everyone else work out the bugs 1st; free isn't always hassle free where software is concerned.
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Wait for v 10.1
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both my computers are giving my notifications to click it to upgrade for free

I have windows 10 on another computer and its sucky

you can adjust it so it acts like windows 7 and there's aftermarket software to get the start menu back

Might as well just stick with windows 7, I see no point to use windows 10
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This upgrade offer is for a full version of Windows 10, not a trial. 3GB download required; standard data rates apply. To take advantage of this free offer, you must upgrade to Windows 10 within one year of availability.s.[/QUOTE]

I guess you could take this two ways? That if you did not do the upgrade within a year of release, then you would pay to do it. But I am with you, What would be in it for Microsoft?
Well, since WIN10 eliminates some capabilities that are in WIN7, perhaps Microsoft gets to reduce software royalty payments to 3rd parties for each WIN7 license retired. You can be sure Microsoft isn't giving away WIN10 out of the goodness of their hearts.
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Interestingly, I have 3 devices with Win 7, I haven't gotten the first notification for upgrade. Must be one of those smartty phone deals, good luck with a 3 gig download ...
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I suspect MS has seen Apple's success with apps (sales, development, etc.) and wants the same. Thus the reduced capabilities. Windows 8 has the bait but no one's biting.
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Originally Posted by T Hard11 View Post
I have been playing around with the pre-release and I would say if you are on 8.1 def do the upgrade. If you are on Win7 are fine with it and no problems probably not.
Just where did you get a pre release?
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
Hum where did you see that? I got the same message as the OP. It says full version, Not a trial.
It's a free upgrade if you upgrade within a year. If you wait longer, the upgrade is no longer valid. It's a way for them to speed up adoption. So while it's not a trial, if you wait 13 months, you are no longer eligible for the upgrade. It's not like they send you a disk you can put in your desk for a year - the license will NOT activate after 1 year. If you upgrade now, it will still be good for years.

I use windows media center as a DVR (not media player) so I will not upgrade, as I will lose that functionality.
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